The Sidney High swim team started the new year with their own Invitational, with Piqua, Vandalia, Greenville and Sidney teams participating.
The Sidney boys came in second with only eight swimmers to large and talented Butler team. The Sidney girls were fourth behind Greenville by one point.
The final boys scores were: Vandalia 135, Sidney 88, Greenville 70, Piqua 4.
The final girls scores were: Vandalia 165, Piqua 47, Greenville 39, Sidney 38.
For Sidney, Collin McClain was first in the 200 freestyle, Logan Johnson was first in the 50 free, and Chase VanTilburgh won the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. And the 200 free relay team of Logan Johnson, Logan Searcy, Collin McClain and Chase VanTilburgh took first in that event.
• The following day the SHS teams hosted Fairmont.
The boys won 99-66 and the giurls lost 88-57.
“The girls lost, but had many great swims,” said coach Mary Jannides. “It was a good day for the girls.”
Outstanding swims for the girls were: Emili Aselage, Emily Wiesenmayer, and Sarah Lewis taking first, second and third for a clean sweep of both the 50 and 100 frees. Jenny Barnes was first in the 100 backstroke and Noemie Bootz was second in the 100 breaststroke. The relay team of Barnes, Lewis, Wiesenmayer and Aselage won the 200 free relay and was runner-up in the 400 free relay.
The SidneyS boys team had to stay ahead of a large Fairmont team by taking first in most of the events.
First place finishes were Logan Johnson in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke; Logan Searcy in the 200 IM, with a second in the 100 breaststroke, Chase VanTilbugh was first in 50 free and 100 backstroke, Collin McClain first in 500 free and second in the 50 free, Caleb Johnson, a freshmen, took first in the 100 butterfly and anchored the medley relay to take first, and Elliot Wilson first in the 100 free.
The 200 medley relay team of Aaron Jensen, Colin Freistuhler, Andy Lee and Caleb Johnson was first. The A relay team of Logan Johnson, Logan Searcy, Collin McClain and Chase VanTilburgh was first in the 200 and 400 free relays. The B relay team of Jensen, Friestuhler, Wilson and Caleb Johnson was second second in the 200 free relay and the team of Lee, Wilson, Friestuhler and C. Johnson was second in the 400 free relay.
“It was a great effort for the Sidney boys to overcome a large team from Fairmont,” said Jannides.
• The teams then went against Urbana last weekend. The boys won 85-69, and the girls lost to a large Urbana team 111-41.
Jenny Barnes was second in the 200 IM with her personal best time, dropping 11 seconds in that event. She went on to place third in the 500 free with another personal best, dropping 16 seconds in that event.
Emili Aselage was third in the 50 free and second in the 100 back, dropping six seconds off her previous best.
Emily Wiesenmayer was third in the 100 free with a personal record and Emily Guinther was fifth in the 100 free, also with a PR. The 200 free relay team of Barnes, Lewis, Wiesenmayer and Aselage was second and the 400 free relay team of Barnes, Guinther, Wiesenmayer and Aselage was second.
The SHS boys rallied again to win over a large Urbana team.
The outstanding swims for the boys were: Collin McClain first in the 200 free and second in the 100 fly, Chase VanTilburgh won the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, Logan Johnson won the 100 free and was second in the 200 IM, Logan Searcy won the 50 free and the 100 backstroke, Elliot Wilson was second in the 50 free, and Aaron Jensen was second in the 500 free.
The A relay team of L. Johnson, Searcy, McClain and VanTilburgh won the 200 and 400 free relays. The 200 medley relay team of Takayama, Friestuhler, Lee, and C. Johnson was second, the B relay team of C. Johnson, Jensen, Friestuhler and Wilson was second in the 200 free relay and the relay team of Jensen, Wilson, Lee and C. Johnson was third in the 400 free relay.
• The weekend ended with SHS swimming against teams from Bellefontaine, Ben Logan, Indian Lake and Houston. In the boys meet, Sidney had 122, Bellefontaine 91, Indian Lake 16, Houston 12 and Ben Logan 9.
In the girls meet, Bellefontaine had 180, Sidney 71, Ben Logan 18 and Indian Lake 2.
The meet featured outstanding male swimmers from the area.
Skyler Tavenner from Indian Lake won the 50 free in 22.36 and also won the 100 breaststroke.
Isaiah Brady from Bellefontaine won the 100 free with a 51:88.
Andrew Sluss from Houston won the 200 IM and was second in the 100 free.
For Sidney, Chase VanTilburgh won the 200 free and was second in the 500 free. Logan Johnson, Collin McClain and Elliot Wilson were 3, 4 and 5 in the 50 free, gaining points for the team. Caleb Johnson won the 100 fly and was second in the 200 IM. Collin McClain and VanTilburgh took first and second in the 500 free, Logan Johnson and Aaron Jensen took first and second in the 100 back, Yu Takayame was fourth in that event, and Logan Searcy was third in the 100 breaststroke.
The boys finished strong with the A relay team of L. Johnson, Searcy, McClain, and VanTilburgh winning the 200 and 400 free relays. The B relay team of Jensen, Friestuhler, Wilson and C. Johnson took third in the 200 free relay. The B relay team of Jensen, Takayama, Lee and Wilson took third in the 400 free relay.
Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News