Bryan will be sending multiple swimmers to C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton this week after three of the Golden Bears’ relay teams earned a trip to the OHSAA Division II state tournament.
Bryan’s girls 200-yard freestyle relay team of Addie Oberlin, Katie Seaman, Maya Keil and Lauren Wityk snatched the 24th and final qualifying spot in the event after finishing 10th in a season-best 1:43.69 at last week’s Division II district meet at Bowling Green State University. The top two finishers in each event at districts, followed by the next 16 fastest times throughout the state, advanced to compete in Canton.
Bryan’s boys 200 medley relay team of Collin Barrow-Whetro, Ara Alyanakian, Kellen Rigg and Jackson Miller had the 18th-best district time in the state with a school-record 1:40.69. The four swimmers also advanced in the 200 freestyle relay after finishing fourth in 1:29.89, which was the 10th-best district mark overall.
Rigg will also compete in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle after finishing second in 1:41.35 and first in 4:42.86, respectively. Rigg’s 200 freestyle mark was the third-best district time, while his 500 freestyle finish was the fourth best.
This season, the OHSAA will not have prelims for state swimming events and instead will have timed finals. The Division II girls swimming finals will start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, while the Division II boys swimming finals will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Golden Bears had multiple swimmers post solid times in districts.
Keil, Emilee Bassett, Oberlin and Wityk finished 11th in the 200 medley relay in a season-best 1:58.07. Bassett’s 2:10.25 in the 200 freestyle (16th place) was her top mark this season, while Wityk’s 2:23.29 in the 200 individual medley (12th) was also a season best.
Oberlin posted her top times in the 50 freestyle (20th in 25.91) and 100 butterfly (eighth in 1:03.12). Bassett was 28th in a season-best 1:19.61 in the 100 breaststroke, while Ava Moore, Allee Zigler, Seaman and Bassett were 13th in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:59.63.
Keil (22nd in 200 individual medley in 2:29.09), Seaman (23rd in 100 butterfly in 1:08.51) and Tristyn Durdel (31st in 500 freestyle in 6:08.87) also competed in individual events for the Golden Bears. Scout Smith led Bryan’s girls divers with 118 points (32nd place).
Fairview’s Emerald Rittenhouse-Starbuck earned an eighth-place finish in the 500 freestyle in 5:35.89.
For Bryan’s boys team, Miller was 10th at districts in the 50 freestyle in 22.49 and 16th in a season-best 50.28 in the 100 freestyle. Barrow-Whetro was 21st in the 100 freestyle in 50.90 and 15th in the 100 backstroke in 58.92.