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Monday, February 23, 2009

Swimming & Orrville: Who-da-thunkit??

If you had told me I'd spend time posting about the successes of OHS swimming on this site, I'd have called you more than crazy. Shows what I know. Let's dive in (no pun intended).

Orrville High School will be well represented at this weekend's State Swimming tournament in Canton.

The top 4 finishers in each event qualify for state automatically, and then "at-large" spots are determined by taking results from all 4 districts. I like this way of seeding, it allows swimmers a chance to get to state, even if competing in a loaded district.

Here's how the "RIDER FOUR" fared at the District meet in Cleveland. Funny that they'll travel a shorter distance to states (Canton) than they traveled for districts (Cleveland).

State qualifiers in BOLD

200 yd Medley Relay - 5th @ District, 10th fastest among all districts.
200 yd Freestyle Relay - 6th @ District, 10th Fastest among all districts.

Victor Monheim - JR
200 yd Individual Medley - 9th @ District, DNQ for State.
100 yd Backstroke - 9th @ District, DNQ for State.

Mason Monheim - FR
50 yd Freestyle - 6th @ District, 14th fastest among all districts.
100 yd Freestyle - 7th @ District, 18th Fastest among all districts.

100 yd Butterfly - 7th @ District, DNQ for State.

Kyle Likens - JR
50 yd Freestyle - 9th @ District, 19th fastest among all districts.

Vincent Monheim - JR
100 Butterfly - 4th @ District, 20th fastest among all Districts.

It's awesome that each of the 4 student athletes will get to compete in at least 2 events each. And how amazing is it that Mason (a frosh) will be competing in 4 events at the state meet? I know very little about swimming (SIDENOTE: I was a svelte little swimmer at the Rex Drive Swim & Tennis club back in the day...deceptively fast in the pool, so I know a little), but I'd wager that not too many freshmen will compete in more than 1 or 2 events event as a freshman, let alone 4 events.

Good luck to the Rider tankers, and congrats on your accomplishments so far.

All 4 students are underclassmen, so they will no doubt make another run next year, but first things first.


Anonymous said...

Boy, you need the football season to start! Seriously, thanks for the press. Kids are ready to go!

Red Rider Sports Blog (Tim Snyder) said...

It's nice to have some good news to talk about....been a while.

Anonymous said...

Final recap boys swimming. All four boys named to All-Ohio team by Ohio Swim Coaches Association. State Results:
200 Free Relay team 9th place
Kyle Likens 16th in 50 freestyle
Mason Monheim 14th 100 Freestyle and
State Medalist 50 Freestyle 8th place
Team finished 16th in State
All are back next year! Thanks for the blog spot!