CANTON – The Wauseon swimming and diving season concluded Friday with the OHSAA state championships held at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Overall, the Indians tied for 11th, with 52 points, in the boys meet, and 13th, with 57 points, in the girls meet.
Patience Bachman and Tony Schweinhagen of Wauseon participated in the diving competition held Wednesday in Canton.
Bachman finished out her exceptional high school diving career with an All-Ohio honor as she placed 13th. She finished with a score of 360.3.
Bachman looks to continue her diving career at Westminster College in Pennsylvania.
Schweinhagen represented the Indians with a strong 11th place finish and All-Ohio honors. He recorded a score of 359.75.
“I am really proud of the way Patience and Tony competed at the state meet this year,” said diving coach Tom Burkholder. “They both overcame some struggles earlier this season to finish very strong. Both divers finished with personal best placings at this meet. The Wauseon Diving Program is losing a huge asset in Patience, but Westminster College’s diving program will greatly benefit from the leadership and positive attitude that she brings with her everyday.
“We will be a really young team next year, but Tony is ready to step into a leadership role for the younger divers and we will be returning some girls who have big meet experience and are excited to improve on an already strong season.”
As a whole, Burkholder was proud of the effort he saw from his divers this year.
“All of the divers this year did a great job,” he said. “We had to ask a lot more than expected from our freshman divers this year, and they stepped up in a big way. I expected to be able to ease them into the season. However, with injuries to seniors Audry (Lane) and swimmer/diver (Alexys) Carteaux (which led to her just swimming), along with an extended illness of Patience, the young girls had to step up.”
In boys swimming, Nic Dilworth took seventh in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:41.01 and 10th in the 200 yard freestyle at 1:44.66.
Dilworth was also part of the 400 yard freestyle relay team with Ryan Scherer, Branden Arredondo, and Austin Schuette, who placed ninth.
Austin Schuette competed in the 500 freestyle with Dilworth, placing ninth with a time of 4:43.8.
Sydney Darnell made the podium for the Indians in the girls meet with a fifth place finish in the 100 yard butterfly final, completing the race in 57.22.
She also took 12th in the 200 IM, and along with McKenzie Darnell, Alexys Carteaux, and Brooke Schuette, placed fifth with a time of 1:39.33 in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
Brooke Schuette added a 12th place finish in the 500 yard freestyle and 16th place finish in the 200 yard freestyle.