BOWLING GREEN – The Wauseon girls swimming and diving team finished as district runner-up, and multiple athletes qualified for state Saturday at Bowling Green State University. The Indians totalled 202 team points, just behind Port Clinton, who had 205.
Reese Ankney led the Indians with a first place finish in the 500 yard freestyle, qualifying for the Division II state tournament. The 200 yard freestyle relay of Ankney, Maggie Duden, Aariyah Hallett, and Grace Rhoades placed seventh and also qualified for state.
Diver Alyssa DiSanti also punched her ticket to state.
Other top 8 finishers included Duden placing fifth and Ankney seventh in the 200 freestyle, Myley McGinnis sixth in the 100 butterfly, Duden third in the 500 freestyle, and the 400 freestyle relay team of Ankney, Hallett, Duden and Rhoades placing sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.
Archbold’s Elizabeth Theobald also qualified for state in the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard breaststroke. She was third in the butterfly and second in the breaststroke at the district tournament.
Andy Scherer led the Wauseon boys to an eighth place finish by winning the 500 freestyle and punching his ticket to state. He was also a part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that qualified for state. Other members of those relay teams are Xander Ankney, Isaiah Bourn and Beau Reeder.
Scherer also qualified for state in the 200 freestyle after finishing fifth at the district. Ankney followed in sixth, with his time also being good enough to qualify for state.
The state tournament is Wednesday through Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.