DEFIANCE — Bryan’s boys and girls swim teams won seven events Saturday, and the Golden Bears will send a large group to districts later this week after posting strong performances at the Division II sectional tournament at Ayersville High School.
Bryan, which competed in Flight 1 with Wauseon, Napoleon, Ottawa Hills, Ayersville, Tinora and Archbold, had six swimmers advance in all four of their respective events. Overall, the Golden Bears will be represented in 17 events at the district level.
For the Golden Bears’ boys team, Jackson Miller and Kellen Rigg were both part of three victories.
Miller finished first in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.66 seconds and teamed up with Rigg, Collin Barrow-Whetro and Ara Alyanakian to win the 200 medley relay (1:43.84) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.49). Rigg added a victory in the 500 freestyle (4:59.62).
Rigg finished second in the 200 freestyle in 1:47.01, while Miller was second in the 100 freestyle in 51.00. Napoleon’s Kyle Hudson won both events in meet records (1:43.89 in the 200 freestyle and 46.90 in the 100 freestyle).
Barrow-Whetro took first in the 100 backstroke in 58.31 and added a fourth-place showing in the 100 freestyle (51.73).
Bryan’s girls team posted two victories. Maya Keil, Emilee Bassett, Addie Oberlin and Lauren Wityk teamed up to win the 200 medley relay in 2:00.50, and Keil added a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke in 1:05.69.
Oberlin, Keil, Wityk and Katie Seaman finished second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:47.39), while Wityk was second in the 200 individual medley (2:29.83).
Seaman finished third in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.61, while Bassett posted a third-place showing in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.67). Seaman, Bassett, Ava Moore and Allee Zigler teamed up to finish third in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:03.90.
Oberlin posted a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle (26.55) and was fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:07.94). Napoleon’s Kaylee Nagel set a meed record in winning the 50 freestyle in 24.37.
Bassett (sixth in 200 freestyle in 2:11.25), Keil (sixth in 200 individual medley in 2:30.55) and Tristyn Durdel (ninth in 500 freestyle in 6:03.84) also advanced to districts in the respective events.
The Golden Bears will head to Bowling Green State University on Friday for the Division II district swimming tournament. The girls events will begin at 11 a.m., while the boys will start at 5 p.m.
Bryan’s Scout Smith, Paige Kunsman and Isabella Holbrook will be at BGSU on Wednesday for the district diving tournament.