CANTON – The Wauseon swimming and diving team was well represented at the Division II state meet held at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton this past Wednesday through Friday.
Notably, the Wauseon girls placed 12th as a team. The boys tied for 24th with Piqua. Cincinnati Seven Hills won the boys competition while Gates Mills Hawken took home the girls title.
Leading the Wauseon boys was sophomore Nicholas Dilworth who finished ninth (4:45.36) in the 500 yard freestyle and 13th (1:46.64) in the 200 yard freestyle. Austin Schuette took 10th (4:45.37) in the 500 freestyle.
The girls had a pair of relay teams in the finals as the 400 freestyle relay team placed 8th and the 200 freestyle relay took 10th. Both relay teams were made up of Sydney Darnell, Alexis Meyer, Kasey Darnell and McKenzie Darnell.
Individually, Sydney Darnell placed seventh (58.09) in the 100 butterfly and ninth (2:08.65) in the 200 IM.
McKenzie Darnell placed 18th in the prelims for the 100 freestyle while Kasey Darnell placed 20th in the 500 freestyle prelims.
In diving, junior Patience Bachman represented the Wauseon Lady Divers for the third year in a row. She competed in a strong diving field and placed 16th, receiving All-Ohio honors for her accomplishment.
Tony Schweinhagen became the first Wauseon male diver to compete at the state meet after coming off a strong performance at the district meet. Schweinhagen fought hard against some strong competitiors, but fell just short of advancing to the semifinal round.
“I am very proud of Patience and Tony. They worked very hard this season to get to where they are and already have plans for new dives and other things they can do to improve their dive lists to make sure they return to Canton next year,” stated diving coach Tom Burkholder. “It has been a lot of fun watching these two continue to get better. This was Patience’s third trip to the state meet and she was much more calm; becoming the top finisher from our area this year.”
The Wauseon divers plan on getting back onto the board as soon as possible to compete for their club diving team in meets and tournaments around the state.