BLUFFTON — Caitlyn Rostorfer and Annika Miller, competing as 8-and-under girls in the 25-meter freestyle, were the first two Wapakoneta Waves to take their place on the medal stand Friday, and at the end of the first day of competition, in combined team scores, the Waves were in second place, trailing the Westside by 125.5 points.
The Western Ohio Aquatic League Championship meet will continue today at Bluffton with the remaining four events to be swum before the trophies are handed out.
On Friday, the Waves made strong showings in a number of age groups.
The Wapak 8-and-under boys dominated the 25 free, with five of the six medal winners: Alex Honigford, first; Ean Kramer, third; Zach Allen, fourth; Aiden Schneider, fifth; and Owen Becker, sixth. The 8-and-under boys also took first in the medley relay with swimmers Kramer, Rob Lynch, Allen and Cody Miller.
For the 9-10 boys, Nate Metzger took second in the 50 free, fifth in the 50 butterfly and fourth in the 100 individual medley. He was joined on the medal stand by Gavin Sutton, sixth in the butterfly, and Grant Honigford, who took sixth in the IM.
Danielle Slechter, 11-12 girls, placed fifth in the IM.
The 11-12 girls placed fifth in the medley relay; the 11-12 boys were fourth in the medley relay.
The 13-14 age group was strong for both boys and girls.
In the 50 free, Brianna Braun placed third, Jordyn Law was fourth and Amanda Slechter was fifth. In the 100 IM, Slechter placed second, Law was third and Mya Hager placed fourth. In the 50 butterfly, it was Law first and Slechter second. The medley relay team placed second with swimmers Braun, Hager, Kierstyn Neumeier and Emily Good.
Three 13-14 boys placed in the 50 free: Michael Johnston, third; Caleb Schlenker, fourth; and Kurt Schlenker, sixth. Johnson was first in the 100 IM, while Kurt Schlenker placed fifth. Johnson was second in the butterfly and Ryan Schneider earned a fifth-place medal. The boys relay placed fourth.
In the 15-18 age group, Josie Miller took a third-place finish in the 50 free, and fourth place in the IM. Taylor Law placed six in the IM and the two also placed in the 50 butterfly at third and fourth, respectively. The 15-18 girls medley relay team placed fifth.
On the boys side, Charlie Sutton took home fifth place in the 50 free, second place in the 100 IM and fourth place in the 50 butterfly. Nate Hager placed fifth in the IM. The boys relay ended in first place with swimmers Wesley Ruedebusch, Ryan Greve, Michael Zwez and Kaleb Miller.