FREMONT – Swimmers wait all season for the only events on the schedule that really matter: The postseason meets.
Championship Season kicked off this weekend and the Ross swim programs were more than ready.
The Little and Lady Giants combined to send 25 athletes on to next weekend’s district meet, just one meet away from qualifying for the state meet.
All that individual success paved the way for outstanding team achievement as well as the Lady Giants won the sectional championship, totaling 421 points – four more than second-place Madison Comprehensive – while the boys finished fifth place out of an 18-team field.
The Lady Giants won a trio of events. MaKennah Fitzgerald, Alexis Prenzlin, AnneMarie Moses and Olivia DeRodes combined to win the 200 medley relay and will be the event’s No. 1 seed entering the district meet. Fitzgerald also won the backstroke and Prenzlin took first place in the breaststroke.
Prenzlin was also second in the individual medley, DeRodes was second in the 200 and 500 freestyles, and Maddie Gallagher was second to Prenzlin in the breaststroke.
The best finishes for the boys team came from multiple third-place finishes. Connor Colston, Case Stevenson, Ethan Taylor and Dylan Weisenauer combined for third in both the medley and 400 freestyle relays. Weisenauer also placed third in the 100 butterfly and Dane Michael placed third in the 1-meter diving competition.
Quality swims were not exclusive to just those who qualified for the district meet. Coach Phil Moran was thrilled with the personal-best times that were broken over the weekend. Allison Taylor dropped 7.76 seconds in the 200 free and nearly 17 seconds in the 500. Chloe Weiker cut 8.96 seconds in the IM and 7.63 seconds in backstroke while Hannah Widman dropped 6.98 seconds in 200 IM and 1.05 seconds in the 100 fly.
Among the highlight non-qualifying swimmers for the boys was Andy Burroughs’ dropping 8.84 seconds in 200 and 2.33 seconds in the 500 all while recovering from a three-week battle with mono.
Roman Contreras dropped .59 in 50 free and .79 in the 100 fly, Cole Dymond cut .57 in the 50 free and 2.82 seconds in the 100 back. Zach Edmonds dropped 3.49 seconds in the 100 free and 4.82 seconds in the breaststroke. Sam Sweeney trimmed .72 in the 50 free, Trenton Ward dropped 6.34 seconds in the 500 free and 1.7 seconds in the 100 back.
“We had incredible swims out of our younger swimmers,” Moran said.
Places and times of all district-qualifying swimmers are below, with districts seeds under that. If any qualifying swimmers were accidently omitted please email [email protected]).
The District meet will be held at Bowling Green State University. The Diving competition will be Tuesday, at 2:45 p.m. while the swimming will be Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.
“Looking forward to see all of the qualifiers swim even faster next week and advance to the State meet,” Moran said.
DIVISION I SECTIONAL MEET AT FREMONT ROSS
Team scores: Fremont Ross scored 421 points, finishing first out of 19 teams.
Top sectional meet finishers:
200 medley relay: 1st, MaKennah Fitzgerald, Alexis Prenzlin, AnneMarie Moses, Olivia DeRodes, 1:49.04
200 freestyle: 2nd, Olivia DeRodes, 2:00.08; 5th, Rachel Haitonic, 2:02.52; 11th, McKela Elder, 2:04.72
200 IM: 2nd, Alexis Prenzlin, 2:13.38
50 freestyle: 4th, AnneMarie Moses, 25.55; 8th, Maddie Gallagher, 25.83; 10th, Mara Brown, 25.89; 13th, Rilee Overmyer, 26.41
1 meter diving: 8th, Sarah Wastson, 274.20; 10th, Jadyn Rozzell, 270.5; 15th, Morgan Shetzer, 194.1
100 butterfly: 2nd, AnneMarie Moses, 1:00.33; 6th, Mara Brown, 1:03.51; 8th, Rilee Overmyer, 1:05.37
100 freestyle: 5th, McKela Elder, 56.04; 7th, MaKennah Fitzgerald, 56.47; 15th, Lauren Zimmerman, 57.88
500 freestyle: 2nd, Olivia DeRodes, 5:22.8; 3rd, Rachel Haitonic, 5:24.23
200 freestyle relay: 4th, Mara Brown, McKela Elder, Rilee Overmyer, Maddie Gallagher, 1:45.02
100 backstroke: 1st, MaKennah Fitzgerald, 1:00.11; 7th, Faith Zimmerman, 1:04.55; 8th, Hayley Wilson, 1:04.84
100 breaststroke: 1st, Alexis Prenzlin, 1:05.62; 2nd, Maddie Gallagher, 1:08.08; 5th, Lauren Zimmerman
400 freestyle relay: 3rd, Olivia DeRodes, Alexis Prenzlin, MaKennah Fitzgerald, AnneMarie Moses, 3:43.91
Team scores: Fremont Ross scored 198 points, finishing fifth out of 18 teams.
Top sectional meet finishers:
200 medley relay: 3rd, Connor Colston, Case Stevenson, Dylan Weisenauer, Ethan Taylor 1:42.16
200 freestyle: 10th, Connor Colston, 1:52.06; 14th, Logan Kropp, 1:56.08; 15th, James Elder, 1:56.73
200 IM: 10th, Ethan Taylor, 2:07.34; 11th, Case Stevenson, 2:08.95
50 freestyle: None qualified
1 meter diving: 3rd, Dane Michael, 267.65; 4th Schoch Bowen, 261.80; 12th, Sam Sweeney, 197.85
100 butterfly: 3rd, Dylan Weisenauer, 52.74; 9th, Connor Colston, 56.50
100 freestyle: 8th, James Elder, 50.91; 12th, Logan Kropp, 51.43; 14th, Braedyn Price, 52.62
500 freestyle: 7th, Ethan Taylor, 5:04.98
200 freestyle relay: 6th, James Elder, Cole Dymond, Logan Kropp, Braedyn Price, 1:35.28
100 backstroke: 6th, Dylan Weisenauer, 55.69
100 breaststroke: 5th, Case Stevenson, 1:02.12;
400 freestyle relay: 3rd, Dylan Weisenauer, Connor Colston, Ethan Taylor, Case Stevenson, 3:25.36
Girls District seeds
200 medley relay: 1st, MaKennah Fitzgerald, Alexis Prenzlin, AnneMarie Moses, Olivia DeRodes,
200 freestyle: 2nd, Olivia DeRodes; 9th, Rachel Haitonic; 25th, McKela Elder
200 IM: 3rd, Alexis Prenzlin
50 freestyle: 9th, AnneMarie Moses; 16th, Maddie Gallagher; 18th, Mara Brown; 27th, Rilee Overmyer
1 meter diving: 21st, Sarah Wastson; 23rd, Jadyn Rozzell; 31st, Morgan Shetzer
100 butterfly: 4th, AnneMarie Moses; 17th, Mara Brown; 24th, Rilee Overmyer
100 freestyle: 10th, McKela Elder; 15th, MaKennah Fitzgerald; 28th, Lauren Zimmerman
500 freestyle: 5th, Olivia DeRodes; 3rd, Rachel Haitonic, 5:24.23
200 freestyle relay: 10th, Mara Brown, McKela Elder, Rilee Overmyer, Maddie Gallagher
100 backstroke: 3rd, MaKennah Fitzgerald; 20th, Faith Zimmerman; 21st, Hayley Wilson.
100 breaststroke: 2nd, Alexis Prenzlin; 4th, Maddie Gallagher; 8th, Lauren Zimmerman
400 freestyle relay: 4th, Olivia DeRodes, Alexis Prenzlin, MaKennah Fitzgerald, AnneMarie Moses
Boys District seeds
200 medley relay: 6th, Connor Colston, Case Stevenson, Dylan Weisenauer
200 freestyle: 14th, Connor Colston; 30th, Logan Kropp; 31st, James Elder
200 IM: 17th, Ethan Taylor; 19th, Case Stevenson
50 freestyle: None qualified
1 meter diving: 16th, Dane Michael; 19th Schoch Bowen; 29th, Sam Sweeney
100 butterfly: 4th, Dylan Weisenauer; 17th, Connor Colston
100 freestyle: 19th, James Elder; 24th, Logan Kropp; 31st, Braedyn Price
500 freestyle: 10th, Ethan Taylor
200 freestyle relay: 13th, James Elder, Cole Dymond, Logan Kropp, Braedyn Price
100 backstroke: 10th, Dylan Weisenauer
100 breaststroke: 8th, Case Stevenson
400 freestyle relay: 6th, Dylan Weisenauer, Connor Colston, Ethan Taylor, Case Stevenson, 3:25.36