For some of the youngest members of the Wapakoneta Waves swimming team, the Western Ohio Aquatic League Championships over the past weekend were their first taste of a major competition.
And they didn’t disappoint.
Wapak finished second overall in the competition to perennial power Westside Wave.
By individual age group, the 8-under boys placed fourth and the 9-10 boys took second. The girls were seventh in the 8-under and fourth in 9-10.
Beating a path to the medal stand on Friday and Saturday were Justin Fleagle and Nate Metzger as both won five medals over the two-day meet.
All five of Fleagle medals were of the gold variety.
Fleagle, 9, stood atop the podium in the 100-meter individual medley and the 50 butterfly on Day 1. Then he swept the 50 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 50 breaststroke on Day 2.
On Friday, Metzger, 8, took third in the 25-meter freestyle, fifth in the 25 butterfly and swam on the third-place 100 medley relay team. Then on Saturday he placed second in the 25 backstroke and fourth in the 50 freestyle.
Danielle Slechter, 10, garnered four medals. She was second in the 50 butterfly and swam on the third-place 200 medley relay team on Friday, then took third in both the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle on Saturday.
Zach Allen, 6, Cael Rostorfer, 8, Connor Watkins, 8, Gabe Williams, 10, and Maura Rose, 9, won two medals apiece.
Allen, Rostorfer and Watkins teamed up with Metzger for third in the 100 medley relay.
Grant Honigford, 7, then joined the three of them to grab second in the 100 freestyle relay.
Williams was sixth in the 100 IM on Friday and fifth in the 50 backstroke on Saturday.
Rose joined Julia Schoonover,10, Slechter and Kalie Miller, 9, on the third-place 200 medley relay team and took third in the 50 backstroke.
Kassie Saunders earned a sixth-place medal in the 50 freestyle on Saturday.