Wapakoneta's Sutton, Miller finish state competition
Two Wapakoneta Redskins underclassmen will get another chance next season, as Charlie Sutton and Josie Miller concluded their appearance at the state swimming championships Friday.
Each qualified from Thursday’s preliminaries to the B-finals Friday as part of the two-day Division II state championships at C.T. Branin Natatorium.
Sutton qualified from the final spot in prelims Thursday and then improved on his prelims time by one-tenth of a second Friday.
The sophomore posted a time of 22.08 seconds Friday in the 50-yard freestyle to finish 13th.
In that event, Sutton was the highest-finishing sophomore in the Division II state championships.
This week was Sutton’s second appearance at state in two seasons. He was on a relay team last year.
“Charlie was lucky enough to go last year, so he had that experience,” Wapak coach Mark Law said. “Once he got past that first race, the butterflies calmed down a bit.
He had a pretty good meet for a sophomore He was pretty excited. He had a great weekend.”
He also qualified for state in the 100 free, finishing 19th overall in Thursday’s prelims.
In her third straight state berth in the 50 free, Miller placed 14th in the finals Friday with a time of 24.46.
Her time in Thursday’s prelims was 24.35.
Miller also qualified for state in the 100 butterfly, finishing 23rd with a time of 1:01.77.
The junior was not afforded much of a break between the two events in Thursday’s prelims, as they were separated only by three heats of the boys 50 free.
“At sectionals and districts there’s a bit of a break,” Law said about the girls 50 free and 100 fly. “Less than five minutes she swam back-to-back races (Thursday). It was tough on her. I didn’t think it would be quite that fast.”
Miller placed fifth at state in the 50 free last season.
Law said he’ll have to determine if he’ll elect to have Miller try for state berths in those same two races in her final year next season.
Miller also swam on two state relay teams this week, as Wapak was represented by three total girls relay teams in Canton.
They each finished 20th in Thursday’s prelims.
Miller joined sophomore Sierra Sammons, senior Taylor Law and freshman Jordyn Law in the 200 and 400 free relays.
Wapak finished in 1:42.74 in the 200 free and 3:46.33 in the 400 free.
The Redskins’ 200 medley relay consisted of Jordyn Law, freshman Mya Hager, Taylor Law and Sammons. They finished at 1:54.43 on Thursday.
“All of the relay teams were pretty young, with two freshmen on both of them,” Mark Law said. “They were nervous and anxious. They swam pretty good times just not our best times.
"They had a great season, with the exciting of getting there and qualifying for state. They enjoyed it. It was a great experience, especially for the younger ones. I hope that now that the freshmen, Sierra and Josie will have that experience and not have that anxiety. It’s all a learning process.”