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02-22-04: Local swimmers heading to state

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 54 teams.
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 6 p.m.
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.


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