The Lima Family YMCA Barracudas had 31 swimmers qualify for this weekend’s Great Lakes YMCA Zones Championship at Bowling Green State University.
The championship is held every year for the top YMCA swimmers from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia.
The Zone qualifying times are based on the top times of the region from the previous year. Competitors often represent the top 10 percent of the fastest swimmers in their state age group. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, swimmers are limited to five events at this year’s championship.
“We are proud of our Lima Barracuda swimmers who have trained hard and earned their spot to compete,” coach April Dorman said in a news release. “This season was one of our largest qualifying teams. Our swim team is unstoppable, or I should say unsinkable. Our coaching staff is confident that they will do their best and are wishing all teams at the zone championships good luck.”
All-District 8 selections
Shawnee’s Goerge Mangas (player of the year), Mark Triplett (coach of the year) and Nick Bertke (assistant of the year) received top honors in Divisions I, II and III. Crestview’s Kalen Etzler (player of the year) and Minster’s Mike McClurg and Columbus Grove’s Chris Sautter (coaches of the year) received top D-IV recognition.
Joining Mangas on the D-I-II-III first team were AJ Adams (Findlay), Brennen Blevins (Ottawa-Glandorf), Khalil Luster (Lima Senior), Owen Nichols (Ottawa-Glandorf), Owen Treece (Van Wert) and Tyson Elwer (Shawnee).
Joining Etzler on the D-IV first team were Alex Eyink (Marion Local), Blake Reynolds (Columbus Grove), Brayden Knight (Perry), Dylan Hughes (Parkway), Joshua Thorbahn (Ottoville), Justin Nixon (Minster), Landon Newland (Ridgemont), Luke Erhart (Kalida) and Tayt Birnesser (Columbus Grove).
ELIDA — The District 8 All-Star Games will be held next week at the Elida Fieldhouse. The Division I-II-III game will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday followed by the D-IV girls game.
The boys Division I-II-III game will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by the D-IV boys game. Go to 2C to view the rosters.
Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.