BOWLING GREEN — Bryan junior Kellen Rigg had a busy evening at the Division II Boys District Swimming Championships Friday at Bowling Green State University.
Rigg broke his own school record in the 200 freestyle, broke his school-record mark in winning a district title in the 500 freestryle and was a member of two relay teams that appear headed to the state meet.
Bryan’s 200 medley relay team, which Rigg swims the butterfly, started the meet with a fifth-place finish in a time of 1:40.96. Collin Barrow-Whetro (back), Ara Alyanakian (breaststroke) and Jackson Miller (free) were the other members of the team.
Those four also placed fourth in the 200 free relay, finishing with a time of 1:29.89, which should also be good to qualify for the state meet.
Rigg automatically qualified for the state meet in both the 200 and 500 free races. The top two finishers in each event, followed by the next 16 fastest times throughout the state, advance to next week’s state meet in Canton.
He placed second in the 200 free behind Napoleon’s Kyle Hudson, who tied the district record with a time of 1:40.81. Rigg’s time of 1:41.35 broke his old record by more than two seconds.
Rigg followed that up by winning the 500 in a time of 4:42.86, which beat his previous mark by a half second.
Other place finishers for the Bears, who finished ninth in the team standings with 105 points, were Miller, 10th in the 50 free and 16th in the 100 free, and Barrow-Whetro, 15th in the 100 back.
In the Division II girls meet earlier in the day at BGSU, Bryan exceeded expectations, including the 200 free relay team of Addie Oberlin, Katie Seaman, Maya Keil and Lauren Wityk, who placed 10th, but their time of 1:43.69 will be close to making the cut for the state meet.
“We swam exceptionally well,” said Bryan swim coach Makenzie Luce. “They rose to the occasion. I’m ecstatic.”
Bryan placed 15th overall at the girls meet with 51 points.
The Golden Bears also placed 11th in the 200 medley relay and 13th in the 400 free relay.
Individually, Emilee Bassett was 16th in the 200 free; Keil was 22nd in the 200 IM and 18th in the 100 backstroke; Wityk was 12th in the 200 IM; and Oberlin was 20th in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 butterfly.
The complete list of state qualifiers is expected to be posted to the OHSAA website tonight.