VanTilburgh swims well in Classic


Staff report

The Sidney High swim teams participated in the largest swim invitational in the country recently, the Southwest Classic.

There were nine preliminary sites throughout Southwest District and the finals are held at Keating Natatorium in Cincinnati.

The top 16 times overall in each event go to the finals from all nine sites. and Sidney had one swimmer, Chase VanTilburgh, qualify to the finals.

VanWilburgh started the weekend by placing second in the 50 free with a 22.79 to qualify for the finals. That night, he was 16th but lowered his time to 22.77 and finished 14th. He had a great weekend, placing first in the 200 breaststroke, second in the 100 breaststroke and 50 free, and fourth in the 100 free.

Collin McClain also had a good weekend, swimming the 1650-yard free, which is a mile, for the first time and placing second with a 19:02.09, breaking the SHS team record by a full minute. He was second in the 500 free with a personal best time of 5:21.23; seventh in the 100 free and ninth in the 50 free.

Logan Johnson also had a good weekend, placing third in the 100 breaststroke, seventh in the 200 free, eighth in the 100 free and 13th in the 50 free.

All three were on the A relays with Logan Searcy to place third in the 200 free relay, fourth in the 200 and 400 medley relay and fourth in the 400 free relay.

Other team members scoring in the meet were:

Logan Searcy 9th 100 back with a personal best 1:05.76, 10th 100 breaststroke, and 16th 100 free; Aaron Jensen eighth in the 200 back; Caleb Johnson 15th in the 100 fly;

Scoring in the JV events were Yu Takayama 14th in the 50 back, Colin Freistuhler 15th in the 50 breaststroke, and Andy Lee 14th in the 50 fly.

The 200 medley B relay team of Jensen, Freistuhler, Wilson and C. Johnson placed 12th and the 400 free B relay team of Jensen, Lee, Wilson and C. Johnson placed 16th.

The SHS girls team also had success in the meet.

The A team of Jenny Barnes, Sarah Lewis, Emily Wiesenmayer and Emili Aselage placed 13th in the 400 free relay, 14th in the 200 free relay and 15th in the 200 medley relay.

Emili Aselage had a personal-best in the 100 free and 100 back and Emily Wiesenmayer also had a personal best in the 100 free.

Jenny Barnes had personal best in both the 100 back and 100 breaststroke. Emily Jones dropped 19 seconds in the 200 free for a pearsonal best and teammate Emily Guinther also had a personal best in the 200 free.