By BRUCE MONNIN
An enthusiastic, capacity crowd packed the Celina Auglaize-Mercer
Family YMCA pool area for the second-annual MAC Invitational
Those in attendance saw the Coldwater girls defend their 2003
title while the Coldwater boys dethroned last year’s champions,
the Marion Local Flyers. The Cavaliers swept the team championships
by winning most of the individual and relay races.
The Coldwater boys claimed first place in each of the 11 events
contested. However, they also claimed second place in six of
“Last year we won almost every event but the Marion Local
boys beat us because they had more relays and more places,”
recalled Coldwater coach Carla Post. “We finally got enough
boys to make up all of our relays. In the past we’ve always
had a few strong swimmers but we’ve never had enough to
fill up all the relays. The depth that we have is finally paying
Leading the way for the Cavalier boys was Tyler Post and Dustin
Schwieterman. Post won the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard
individual medley, while being a part of the winning 200-yard
medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. Schwieterman won the 500-yard
freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, while also helping the
200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays to victory.
Joe Otte set a new Coldwater school record with a time of 1:11.40
in the 100-yard breaststroke. He also was part of the winning
200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.
The Coldwater girls were only slightly less dominating. They
won eight of the 11 events, while finishing second in five events
and recording third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes in various
There were three Cavalier girls who each won two individual
events. Justine Bettinger won the distance events, outdistancing
the field in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events.
Brittany Klenke won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard
butterfly. Danielle Rutschilling won both the 50-yard freestyle
and the 100-yard freestyle. These two girls teamed up as half
of both the victorious 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle
The Marion Local girls achieved three wins en route to their
second-place finish. Jodi Winner easily won the 100-yard backstroke,
Abby Schulte edged Minster’s Kacie Otting in the 100-yard
breaststroke, and the 400-yard freestyle relay won the last
event of the meet.