Lima area boys, girls high school swimming and diving capsules

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Western Buckeye League


Division: II

Coach: Sydney Renner (first season)

2017-18 conference finish: Boys eighth; girls eighth.

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Ethan Daniels (sr., 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke). Girls — Mallory Clark (jr., 100 breaststroke), Madison Ward (jr., 50 and 100 freestyles), Emma Deters (jr., 100 breaststroke, 200 freestyle), Lea Tidd (jr., 50 and 100 freestyles), Payton Meffley (soph., 200 IM, 100 backstroke).

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Boys — Brayden Stewart (fr., 100 backstroke), Kaden Truman (fr., 100 breaststroke). Girls — Mathilda Vorachuck (fr.), Mallory Magula (fr.), Lucy Deter (fr.), Madison Hall (soph.), Kaitlyn May (soph.), Kailyn Goodman (soph.), Peyton Gibson (jr.), Morgan Money (jr.), Samantha Klingler (fr.), Ainsley Miller (jr.), Emily Rocca (sr.), Jaydan Oberdier (fr.), Julia McLeod (fr.).

Coach’s analysis: We have a small boys team, but we are looking to see many improvements this year. Ethan Daniels is our boys captain, 100 fly record holder and district qualifier. He has been a huge help in leading our team. Our freshmen are hard-workers and have goals of going to districts. Nate Hardesty is a first-year swimmer who is rapidly improving in all strokes. We have five returning girls from last season and 13 new swimmers who show lots of promise. Mallory Clark is hoping to go to districts in the 100 breaststroke. Madision Ward has been swimming for two years and is a great leader on the team. Emma Deters and Lea Tidd hope to place well at sectionals. Sophomore Payton Meffley hope to place well at districts and drop her times in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM.


Division: II

Coaches: Paige Bader (swimming), Dave Koesters (diving)

2017-18 conference finish: Boys seventh; girls first.


Division: II

Coach: Krissa Worley (third season)

2017-18 conference finish: Boys sixth; girls ninth.

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Jacob Michael (sr., 100 butterfly, 500 freestyle, relays), Garrett Simmons (jr., 50 and 100 freestyles, relays), Jon Frueh (jr., 100 breaststroke, relays), BJ Carder (jr., 100 backstroke, relays), Nick Niebel (soph., 100 breaststroke, relays). Girls — Cayla Butler (sr., 100 backstroke, relays), Evelyn Frueh (soph., 100 backstroke, 50 and 100 freestyles, relays), Lilly Niebel (soph., 500 freestyle, relays).

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Boys — Jayden Pullen (sr., 500 and 100 freestyles, relays), Koby Page (jr., relays), Aiden Reed-Long (fr., 100 backstroke, relays). Girls — Shaylen Compton (sr., 50 and 100 freestyles, 100 backstroke, relays), Emily Bowers (jr., relays), Riley Bowers (jr., relays).

Coach’s analysis: After their third consecutive visit to the Northwest District Meet, the men’s team is hungry for another return. While the men’s team is mostly comprised of juniors, they are motivating all the athletes to push themselves to drop time. Three broken records last season has increased their efforts to break more. While the men’s team is small, there is plenty of talent and they will continue to push each other. While the women’s team is relatively new to the sport of swimming, we have a few returning varsity swimmers. These swimmers are focused on perfecting techniques and dropping times to attend the district meet in February. The new swimmers are catching on quickly and will continue to improve as the season progresses.


Division: II

Coach: Aaron Johnson

2017-18 conference finish: Boys ninth; girls 10th.

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Landon Bartlett (sr., IM and 100 breaststroke), Patrick Bartlett (jr., 50 and 100 freestyles), Garrett Thomas (jr., 50 and 100 freestyles), Gaige Newman (jr., 100 butterfly), Tyler Buxton (soph., 200 and 500 freestyles). Girls — Haley Hunt (sr., 50 and 100 freestyles), Alexis Grubbs (jr., 100 buttefly, IM), Meredith Bischoff (jr., 50 and 100 freestyles), Grace Hattery (jr., 200 and 500 freestyles, backstroke), Olivia Hattery (soph., 200 and 500 freestyles).

Coach’s analysis: We have experienced swimmers returning for the men’s side led by returning district swimmer Landon Bartlett. We hope to get back to sending multiple swimmers and relays to districts this season. Girls — Our numbers have grown and our times are improving. We have the chance to move up the league rankings this year with the speed and leadership of senior Haley Hunt.


Division: II

Coach: Lisa Metzger

2017-18 conference finish: Boys third; girls second.


Division: II

Coach: Jeff Brown (21st season)

2017-18 conference finish: Boys first; girls tied for third.

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Aaron Allen (jr., distance freestyle), Kaden Austin (soph., sprint freestyle, backstroke), John Briggs (soph., IM, butterfly, backstroke), Elijah Brown (soph., freestyles), Cooper Conley (sr., sprint freestyle), Preston Cox (jr. butterfly), Ben Carl (sprint freestyle), Josh Kuhlman (sr., sprint freestyle), Kyle McGuire (soph., butterfly), Charlie Spyker (jr., sprint freestyle, backstroke, diving), Gabe Williams (sr., breaststroke, IM), Adam Russ (soph., sprint freestyle, backstroke). Girls — Madison Behnke (sr., middle, sprint freestyles), Katie Clark (jr., freestyles), Kayana Cook (sr., sprint freestyle, breaststroke), Jessica Buncan (jr., distance freestyle), Kelsey Fischbach (jr., sprint freestyle, backstroke), Alexis Marshall (jr., IM, butterfly), Madyson Reed (sr., middle freestyle, backstroke), Madyson Rex (jr., distance freestyle, IM), Rachel Russ (sr., IM, breaststroke), Lauren Schaub (jr., butterfly), Michalea Williams (jr., sprint freestyle), Grace Zickafoose (sr., sprint freestyle, backstroke, butterfly)

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Boys —Ethan Delgado (fr., IM, butterfly), Ryan Figging (fr., sprint freestyle)

Coach’s analysis: Boys — Our numbers are strong despite the graduation of two top swimmers and loss of three-time state qualifier junior Jake Magula. The guys have strong ability throughout events and hope to defend WBL title. Girls — Katie Curl (fr., breaststroke), Rachael Duncan (fr., backstroke), Adelin Hilden (fr., breaststroke), Kaitlyn Phillips (fr., butterfly), Karlyn Rex (fr., IM, breaststroke), Brooke Snider (fr., backstroke). The girls have strong numbers, good returning letter winner and talented freshman class looking to move up from last year’s third place at WBL championships.

St. Marys

Division: II

Coach: Katie Szymczak (fourth season)

2017-18 conference finish: Boys fourth; girls sixth.

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Jacob Westerfield (breaststroke), Jace Deubler (jr., distance freestyle), Kyle Lucas (jr., breaststroke, IM), Austin Hertenstein (soph., diving, backstroke), Xander Spees (soph., backstroke, butterfly, diving), Charlie Krebs (soph., short freestyles), Kameron MacLean (diving). Girls — Ali Hertenstein (sr., breaststroke), Ryleigh Young (jr., freestyle, breaststroke), Alivia Link (breaststroke, IM).

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Boys — Jason Taylor (sr., short freestyles), Austin Boley (jr., breaststroke), Connor Milner (fr., butterfly, freestyle), Carter Schmidt (fr., freestyle), Ryan Meier (fr., backstroke, freestyle), Bradyn Overley (fr., freestyle). Girls — Piper Slone (sr., short freestyles), Raegan Amstutz (fr., freestyle), Abbi Hertenstein (fr., backstroke), Macy Turner (fr., backstroke), Liz Ackroyd (fr., backstroke, freestyle), Carly Overley (fr., diving).

Coach’s analysis: This year we return all of our men’s team and add four new freshmen and a senior to our program. We are moving in the right direction and training hard from the start. Our boys team sent seven boys to districts last year and we would like to send at least 10. Our goal this year is aim for our highest men’s finish ever (third place) and shoot for second. We have the experience at bigger meets and competitions and will keep pushing this year for time drops and finishes. This year is a huge building year for our women’s team. We graduated three swimmers and varsity letter winners. We will rely heavily on our three varsity returners to lead our new swimmers. Our girls team is growing and we hope to qualify a couple of girls to districts in February. Our league goal is have a couple of podium finishers (top six) in individuals and relays.

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Megan Hurless

2017-18 conference finish: Boys 10th; girls fifth.


Division: II

Coach: Kyley Jordan

2017-18 conference finish: Boys second; girls tied for third.

Returning 2017-18 letter winners:

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season:

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Division: II

Coach: Stephanie McMahon

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Ian Dellified (soph.), 100 breaststroke, 200 and 500 freestyles, Jacob Bassitt (soph.), freestyle and backstroke, Daniel Nash (jr.), 50 and 100 freestyles, Isaac Spar (jr.) 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, Hunter Wells (jr.), 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke. Girls — Paige Cole (soph.), 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, Bella East (jr.), 100 backstroke, freestyles, Sidney Gossard (jr.), 100 backstroke, freestyles, Klava Katayama (jr.), 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle, Olivia Heister (sr.), 100 breastroke, freestyle.

Others likely to swim varsity this season: Boys — Austin Amburgey (sr.), freestyle and breaststroke. Girls — Alex Puerto (fr.), freestyle.

Coach’s analysis: I am extremely excited for the upcoming season, I have some strong swimmers and am looking forward to all of the progress that the newer swimmers are already making, and will continue to make over the season.

Lima Central Catholic

Division: II

Coach: Jacqueline Rex (third season as varsity coach)

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Zac Patterson (soph.), 50 and 100 freestyles, 100 backstroke, Girls — Madi Gendreau (sr.), 500 and 100 freestyles, 100 backstroke, Cassie Rose (sr.), 100, 200, 500 freestyles, Lauren Mayers (sr.) 50 and 100 freestyles, Khloe Kaskocsak (sr.), 50, 200 and 500 freestyles, Anna Janowski (jr.), 50, 200 and 500 freestyles, Jenna Rose (jr.), 50 and 100 freestyles.

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Boys — Sam Masters (soph.) 50 and 100 freestyles, Kaelan Howard (fr.), 50 and 100 freestyles. Girls — Cameron Guagenti (sr.), 50 and 100 freestyles, Olivia Kesner (jr.), 50 and 100 freestyles, Sofia Masters (sr.), 50 and 100 freestyles, 100 backstroke, Madalena Knotts (fr.), 50 and 100 freestyles, 200 IM

Coach’s analysis: I am looking forward to a great season with new athletes. The boys team is looking very promising and I cannot wait to see how well they do. They are all excited and pumped up for the season and have been pushing each other every day in practice. They are a great group. I am very excited about my girls team this year. We have a lot of new faces, but none that are new to swimming. Everyone has been working really hard, helping each other with starts and turns, and pushing each other during practice. The girls seem very excited for the season. I am extremely excited to see how well these girls can do individually and as a team. This year, the senior class is near and dear to my heart. Four of the six senior girls were freshmen when I started coaching at LCC and although I will be sad to see them go I am looking forward to seeing how they end their high school swimming careers.

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: Boys — Hunter Bell (first season), Girls — Maddison Rapp (fourth)

2017-18 Three Rivers Athletic Conference finish: Boys sixth, girls fifth

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Chris Bishop (sr.), Hunter Smith (jr.), Jayden Donald (jr.). Girls — Sophie Jolliff (jr.), Grace Beck (soph.).

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Boys — Xylon Payne-Greeno (jr.), Seth Jones (fr.), Chris Sellati (fr.), Philip Korikian (sr.). Girls — Samantha Place (fr.), Meghan Nuckles (soph.).

St. Henry

Division: II

Coaches: Shelly Hartings and Tiarah Delzeith (first season)

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Julia Beyke (sr.), Steffany Stammen (jr.), Lauren Hartings (soph.)

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Aliviah Delzeith (fr), Alana Wehrley (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Our club team continues to grow each year. With a strong community summer swim team, there has

been a growing interest in the sport at the high school level. Our team members work together to fundraise to support their entry fees, travel and uniforms. With speaking to community clubs and organizations, the club team has educated others about this great sport. Julia Beyke is the leading swimmer in her senior year, getting ready to beat times in her best events. She is a three-year district qualifier in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes. Steffany Stammen and Lauren Hartings are returning swimmers to the varsity team. This year the club team welcomes Aliviah Delzeith and Alana Wehrley to the team. The team looks forward to combining for some competitive relays as well as working on their individual records.

Note: No boys area swimming for St. Henry this season.

Fort Recovery

Division: II

Coach: Mindy Bubp (sixth season)

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Nolan Thobe (sr., 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, relays), Owen Sheridan (sr., 100 butterfly, sprint freestyle, relays), Josh Gonzalez (jr., 100 backstroke, freestyle, relays). Girls — Cassidy Martin (sr., sprint freestyle, 100 backstroke, relays), Rachel Acheson (jr., spint freestyle, relays), Ava Bubp (soph., freestyle, relays), Shelby Stammen (soph., 200 IM, 100 breakstroke, 500 freestyle), Autumn Burk (soph., 100 butterfly, sprint freestyle, relays)

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Boys — Michael Braun (soph., 100 breaststroke, freestyle, relays), Aiden Sheridan (fr., sprint freestyle, relays). Girls — Katie McIntosh-Thobe (soph., 100 breaststroke, sprint freestyle, relays), Melissa Laux (fr., freestyle, backstroke), Shelby Acheson (fr., freestyle, backstroke), Kendall Evers (fr., freestyle, buttefly)

Coach’s analysis: Boys — We are a small team, but larger than last year. Our returning letter winners are strong swimmers and should do well this season. Owen Sheridan will be looking to return to districts in the 100 Fly after sitting out last season due to a shoulder injury and Nolan Thobe will be working towards a district spot as well. With the additional younger swimmers we will be working to develop strong relays by the end of the season. Girls — We should have a strong season with returning state swimmer and senior Cassidy Martin leading the team. We lost several strong swimmers from last year, so we will need our junior and sophomores to step up and fill several key varsity spots individually and on relays. Cassidy will swim multiple events for us this year, but will focus on sprint freestyle and Ava Bubp, (our other returning state relay qualifier), will focus on mid-distance free. We will be looking to Autumn Burk to handle the 100 Fly, Shelby Stammen the 200 IM, Katie Thobe the 100 breaststroke and Rachel Acheson to be key in sprint freestyle and relays.

New Bremen

Division: II

Coach: Cresta Ritter (16th season)

Returning 2017-18 letter winners: Boys — Josh Niekamp (sr., 50, 100 freestyles, 200, 400 freestyle relays), Zach Schwieterman (sr., 50, 100 freestyles), 200, 400 freestyle relays), Landin Boyle (jr., 100 butterfly, freestyle, 200, 400 freestyle relays), Griffin Huber (soph. 50, 100 freestyles). Girls — Rachel Kremer (sr., 100 butterfly, 200 medley and freestyle relays), Andrea Heitkamp (sr., 200, 500 freestyles, 400 freestyle relay), Ashton Heitkamp (jr., 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 medley an freestyle relays), Taylor Paul (jr., 100 breaststroke, 200 medley and freestyle relays), Alana Speelman (jr., 100 backstroke, freestyle, 400 freestyle relay), Diana Heitkamp (soph., 200 IM 100 freestyle, 200 medley and freestyle relay), Vivian Niekamp (soph., 200 freestyle relay, diving).

Others likely to swim/dive varsity this season: Boys — Owen Gabel (fr., 200 IM, 100 butterfly, freestyle, relays). Girls — Callie Wells (soph., 100 backstroke, relays), Katie Fleming (fr., 200 IM, 100 butterfly, relays), Gabi Heckman (fr., 100 butterfly, freestyle, relays), Lydia Heckman (fr., 100 breaststroke, freestyle, relays).

Coach’s analysis: Boys — This season looks to be a season of rebuilding. We need to look at what strokes the swimmers are able to swim and possibly building new strokes to some of these boys’ resumes. I hope to bring a relay or two to the district meet but with these small numbers on a team and freestyle being the preferred stroke of most of these boys that could be a challenge. Girls — I am looking forward to another successful year with the girls program. We are returning all of our relays and individual qualifiers from last year so with that strength coming back and the new strength of the underclassmen coming in, It looks to be a good season for the girls swim team.


Division: II

Coach: Matt May

Marion Local

Division: II

Coach: Scott Smith


Division: II

Coach: Dawn Schweiterman

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