Miller, Sutton, 3 girls relays qualify for state

Josie Miller and Charlie Sutton will each represent the Wapakoneta Redskins in two individual events at the state meet later this week, while three Wapak girls relay teams will also compete at state.

Miller qualified for state in the 50-yard freestyle for the third straight year.

The Redskins junior had a top-24 time statewide among all district swimming meets by the conclusion of the weekend.

She also qualified for the 100 butterfly and was on two state-qualifying relay teams.

Miller placed fifth in the 50 free last season.

This season she is seeded 17th in the 50 free and 19th in the fly.

“Josie is swimming well,” Wapak coach Mark Law said. “We’ll rest her this week and, hopefully, she’ll have her best swim at the state meet.”

Appropriately, Redskins sophomore Charlie Sutton is headed to state after a deserving performance so far this season.

Sutton qualified for the Division II boys swimming state championships in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 free after his times at the district meet Friday at Cleveland State University ranked in the top 16 among non-automatic qualifiers.

Sutton has enjoyed a standout season, one full of a handful of new school records and a new Western Buckeye League mark.

“I’m excited for Charlie,” Law said. “He has a chance to make the finals in the 50 and the 100, which is awesome. If he makes it to the finals, he has a good opportunity the next day.”

Sutton is seeded 13th in the 50 free and 17th in the 100 free.

The Redskins will have three total relay teams compete at Canton this week in the Division II state championships.

Miller, sophomore Sierra Sammons, senior Taylor Law and freshman Jordyn Law also qualified in the 200 free relay.

The same four will participate in the 400 free relay.

In the 200 medley relay, insert freshman Mya Hager for Miller to round out Wapak’s state competitors.

“We were excited about getting those three girls relays there,” Law said. “In the medley, with Mya and Jordyn coming up, we knew we had a good shot there.

“I definitely felt better this year after our district than last year. Last year we kind of snuck in there. We’re seeded pretty well. Hopefully, we’ll be in the second day of the finals.”

Wapak is seeded 15th in both the 200 free and 200 medley and 19th in the 400 free.

Law wanted to mention the great work of other coaches — Brady Prater, Royce Kantner, Ron Kanter, Mark Cable, Jim Tschuor and Tony Miller — who helped get Wapak’s state qualifiers to this point.

In each division, 24 swimmers qualified for state in each event.

In the preliminaries Thursday, three different heats of eight swimmers each will vie for 16 spots in the finals Friday.

The top eight finishers in the preliminaries Thursday are guaranteed medals and top-eight finishes in Friday’s finals, while the next eight swimmers will advance to Friday’s finals and can place no higher than ninth.

The Redskins’ 400 free relay team consisting of Kaleb Miller, Sutton, Wesley Ruedebusch and Hayden Metzger narrowly missed out on qualifying for state, as they were 26th in the entire state at the district level, two spots from being in the top 24 and just 96 one-hundredths of a second behind the 24th seed at state.

“We hoped the boys relay team would sneak in there,” Law said. “I was a little disappointed for those guys. I was hoping they’d get in.”

The Division II state swimming championships will be held over two days, the preliminaries at Thursday and at Friday.

They will be held at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.