From staff reports
Five area swimmers will head to Canton later this week to take
part in the State Swimming and Diving Championships at the C.T.
Branin Natatorium in Canton after qualifying from district meets
over the weekend.
Celina junior Kelly Mallory became the first WaterDog boy to
win a district title after winning the 100-yard butterfly in
the boys sectional at Bowling Green. Mallory broke his own school
record in the event with a time of 53.87 seconds. Mallory also
qualified in the 50 freestyle in breaking another of his records
with a swim of 21.92 seconds.
Kelly will be joined by sister Amanda Mallory on the trip to
Canton. Amanda qualfied in the 50 freestyle by having one of
the fastest non-qualifying times in the state with her swim
of 25.60, breaking her old record.
The third WaterDog to make the state meet was Sara Knpake. Knapke
will make her second straight appearance after finishing third
in the diving competition at Bowling Green with a score of 360.65.
Coldwater will send its first swimmer in team history to state
after Tyler Post qualified in the 100 butterfly at Bowling Green.
Post picked up second place and the final automatic berth for
state in finishing behind Kelly Mallory in the event.
St. Marys’ Jaz Craft will compete in two events during
Saturday’s competition, qualifying in the 100 freestyle
as well as the 100 breaststroke.
For the team competition, Celina girls placed eighth with 206
points at Bowling Green. Sandusky Perkins took first place with
350 points. St. Marys was 10th and Coldwater was 23rd out of
The Celina boys placed eighth as well with 98 points as Toledo
St. Francis finished first with 400 points. Coldwater finished
19th with 39 points and New Bremen was 35th.
The 77th Annual Boys and 28th Annual Girls Swimming and Diving
Tournament begins on Thursday with all three divisions deciding
their diving champions. Knapke will compete at 9 a.m. in the
Division II meet.
Friday starts two days of swimming. Kelly Mallory, Amanda Mallory
and Post will compete on Friday with the preliminaries for five
events starting at 9:30 a.m. Championship races will start at
Craft will begin her run for a spot on the podium in her two
events on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the finals starting at 6 p.m.
Celina had another school record set at the district meet. The
medley relay team of Lindsey Kuhn, Larissa LaRue, Amanda Mallory
and Kylie Samples broke the mark with a time of 1:58.16.