The excitement could be heard in Wapakoneta Redskins swimming coach Mark Law’s voice as he talked about his boys and girls swim teams taking fifth-place finishes at the Western Buckeye League swim championships.
“We had an outstanding day,” Law told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Saturday. “Our top boys had an outstanding day. For our girls, last year we were ninth and we moved up to fifth this year and we have some really good swimmers coming up. I am really happy with the outcome.”
The Wapakoneta boys finished with 158 points, as Shawnee won the event with 276 points, while the girls finished with 105 points to first-place Shawnee’s 285 points.
Redskin senior Ryan Kremer set a school record with a 55.18 100-yard butterfly, but he could not overcome a WBL record 52.78 set by Shawnee Indian junior Erik Risolvato.
Kremer also set a school record and broke a WBL record in the 100 backstroke. He finished the event with a time of 57.55, but St. Marys Memorial swimmer Jared Deubler hit the wall with a time of 57.05.
Kremer also was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team which finished second with a time of 1:45.45 to Shawnee’s squad and as a member of the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.37, which also finished second to Shawnee.
The other members of the relay teams were juniors Nate Hager, Brandon Christler and Ryan Greve.
“It was just an outstanding day for Ryan Kremer,” Law said.
He had similar words for Hager.
“He had two tough races,” Law said. “Like Kremer, the 50 freestyle came down to the sensor reading who hit the wall first.”
Hager swam the 50 freestyle in 23.44, but the winner was Shawnee senior Zachary Diltz with a time of 23.24. Christler hit the wall with a time of 23.95, good enough for third place.
Hager finished in third place in the 100 freestyle, behind Shawnee’s Logan Curl and Diltz. Hager posted a time of 52.26. Christler finished in sixth with a time of 54.89 and Greve had a time of 56.46 to finish in 11th.
Greve took fifth-place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.32.
Wapakoneta freshman Hayden Metzger helped the Redskin cause finishing 10th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:31.50, with junior Blake Bayliff hitting the wall in 2:46.16 for a 17th place finish.
Metzger also finished fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:44.46.
“Hayden dropped great times today and had a great day,” Law said. “He just missed being all-WBL.”
Bayliff finished 17th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.81.
Metzger also was a member of the 400 relay team which finished ninth. The other members were juniors Riley Hire, Ryan Rosenbeck and Michael Giesige.
Rosenbeck finished 14th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:27.95. Rosenbeck also posted a 2:27.35 in the 200 freestyle.
Hire hit the wall in 26.61 in the 50 freestyle and Josh Windle completed the heat in 29.43.
Freshman Alex Gornall hit the wall in 2:44.77 in the 200 freestyle.
Wapakoneta freshman Josie Miller slipped on her take-off into the pool or she would have finished first, Law said.
Miller tapped the wall in 25.74 in the 50 freestyle, second to Celina junior Brooke Mertz at 25.47. She also finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:08.14. The winning time was 58.99 by Shawnee sophomore Emily Murphy.
She also was a member of the 200 freestyle relay team of sophomore Taylor Law and Stephanie Kessen and junior Haley Buchanan. They swam the event in 1:48.69 and finished fourth.
She was a member of the third place team in the 400 freestyle with Law, Kessen and freshman Taylor Hager. They swam the event in 4:01.94.
Individually, Law finished third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:08.06, bested by Ottawa-Glandorf swimmer Jessie Kreinbrink with a time of 2:02.21.
She also finished fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:06.04, behind Bath junior Sydney Meffley, who won with a time of 1:02.94.
Kessen finished sixth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:33.80. She finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke with a time a tome of 1:21.18. The winner posted a time of 1:13.71.
Others providing times for the Redskins were senior Morgan Roediger with a time of 2:30.63 in the 200 freestyle, with sophomore Amanda Sims hitting the wall in 2:33.64, for 14th and 17th place respectively.
Freshman Haley Kinstle finished 16th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:41.75.
Hager finished 16th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.01.
Freshman Julia Pepple hit the wall 16th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:20.00.
Buchanan, Hager and Sims swam in the 100 freestyle placing 14th, 16th and 23rd, while Kinstle finished 14th in the 500 freestyle.
Pepple and Roediger finished 14th and 17th, respectively, in the 100 backstroke with times of 1:15.46 and 1:17.22.