SWIMMING: Familar faces lead Waves at WOAL
Take a quick perusal of the top of the time sheets from the 13-14 and 15-over age divisions at the Western Ohio Aquatic League Championships last weekend at Wapakoneta WaterPark and you’re likely to see some familiar names.
You will also see some names that you will likely be hearing a lot in the near future.
Fans of Wapakoneta swimming should be used to hearing names such as Fleagle and Kantner.
Now they can add Miller, Sammons and Sutton to that list.
Josh Fleagle and Royce Kantner led the way for the Wapakoneta Waves in the 15-over division, scoring five medals apiece. And Josie Miller and Charlie Sutton matched that feat in the 13-14 division.
The 15-over boys won their age division, scoring 284.5 points to the Sherwood Sharks’ 268.
Fleagle, 17, grabbed four first-place medals and only Shawnee Country Club’s Erik Risolvato kept him from making it five.
Fleagle tied Risolvato in the 50-meter freestyle, with both posting a time of 23.23. He won the 100 individual medley before recording meet records in both the 100 freestyle (50.69) and 50 breaststroke (30.14).
He also swam a 26.58 in the 50 breaststroke, a time that would have been good enough for a new meet record had Risolvato not turned in a 26.33 to win the race.
Kantner, who will be swimming at Malone University in the coming school year, won individual medals in the 50 freestyle (6th), 50 butterfly (4th) and 100 freestyle (5th).
He also grabbed relay medals in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay was Wapak finished third in both events.
Joining Kantner, 18, on the medal stand in both relays were Nate Hager, 16; Ryan Kremer, 17 and Jared Fleagle, 15.
Hager narrowly missed making it a five-medal weekend, finishing seventh twice and eighth once in his three individual events.
For the 15-over girls, it was a little tougher weekend. With 165 points, they placed fourth in their division behind the Westside Wave (498), Shawnee Country Club Tide (216) and Sherwood (180.5).
Courtney Hunter, 18, won four medals. She was sixth in the 100 IM and fifth in the 50 backstroke. Her other two medals came in the 200 medley (2nd) and 200 freestyle relays (3rd).
Michelle Mosler, 17; Taylor Law, 15 and Stephanie Kessen, 15 joined Hunter in the relays.
Law also added an individual medal with a fourth in the 50 butterfly.
The 13-14 girls wore a path to the medal stand, besting Shawnee Country Club (289 points), on their way to winning their age division with 319 points.
Miller and Sammons led the way. Miller, 14, grabbed individual wins in the 50 freestyle, 100 IM, 50 butterfly and 50 breaststroke. She also took second in the 100 freestyle.
Sammons, 13, was third in the 50 freestyle, second in the 100 IM, third in the 50 butterfly and third in the 100 freestyle.
Taylor Hager, 14, took sixth in the 50 freestyle.
Haley Kinstle, 14, placed fourth in the 50 backstroke.
The 13-14 boys would have to settle for second behind Sherwood. Wapak scored 232 points behind Sherwood’s 269.
Charlie Sutton and Mike Zwez had big days. And Hayden Metzger chipped in with three medals.
Sutton, 13, was sixth in the 50 freestyle, fourth in the 100 IM, fourth in the 50 butterfly, third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 50 breaststroke.
Zwez, 13, won four medals. He took fifth in the 50 freestyle, sixth in the 50 butterfly, third in the 50 backstroke and fifth in the 100 freestyle.
Metzger, 14, grabbed medals in the 100 IM (6th), 50 backstroke (4th) and 50 breaststroke.