MG swimmers finish season strongly
The Mount Gilead summer swim team ended the season in a burst of activity with a win over Galion, a first place finish at the Shelby/Galion/Mt. Gilead tri-meet and a second place trophy at the TCAL League Championships.
“Mount Gilead’s successes in recent years really underscores the meaning of team effort,” said coach Dina Snow. “We have a lot of new swimmers and most of our team only swims the very short summer season. We go into most of our meets knowing that the other team might get the first place finishes in some of the individual events, but we have the numbers to have relays and be well-represented in most of the events. This is why I get a little crazy if swimmers don’t show or choose not to participate in some of our meets. Every single swimmer plays a role.”
One of the highlights of the Galion meet was a new team record in the 100 breaststroke set by Kara Grossman. “I was so excited for Kara! She has been working hard all summer and since she was going to be away for our last two meets, this was her big chance, “ according to Snow. “ She dug in and got the job done!”
The team was also proud of seven-year old Wesley Bush for competing in his first swim meet, and also of Lewis Mesaros, who needed to participate in a sport to earn a badge for Boy Scouts. After a few short weeks of instruction from Sean Miranda and Robin Conrad, Lewis successfully completed a 50 free in the meet.
“As we headed into the Shelby/Galion meet last Wednesday, I wasn’t sure about the outcome. The scoring is a little different, and both teams have some fast swimmers. Again, our depth and ability to fill in most of the events led to another victory,” said Snow.
Scoring first place points in relays were Rachel Koller, Cassandra Snopik, Kylie Irwin, Ava Griffin, Tyler Knight, Sammy West, Isaiah Fisher, Joel Conrad, Casey Conrad, Daniel Freeman, Logan Conrad, Kaleb Fisher, Elly Herr, Sarah Hubschman, Erin Zmuda, Brianna Snow, David Kamyar, Jacob Barnhart, Justin Francis, Nick Gould, and Courtney West.
Individual first place finishes were earned by Isaiah Fisher, Logan Conrad, Grace Mowery, Joel Conrad, Erin Zmuda, Brianna Snow, Daniel Freeman, Rachel Koller, Casey Conrad, Justin Francis, Cassandra Snopik, Sarah Hubschman, and David Kamyar.
The final meet of the year was the TCAL league championship, hosted by Colonel Crawford, who also won the five-team meet. Mount Gilead pulled together and brought home the second place trophy.
“I wasn’t sure if we would pull it off again this year, “ said Snow. “Right off the bat, we had three relays get disqualified for various reasons, and those relays are our bread and butter. Fortunately, we held it together and won that trophy.”
Highlights of the meet included the gold-medal winning 9–10 boys medley relay (Mason Faux, Tyler Knight, Isaiah Fisher and Joel Conrad).
“That race was so exciting! The whole place was cheering like mad!” said Snow.
As for scoring, most of the team brought in points. Relay medal winners included the boys 13–14 medley and free relays (Logan Conrad, Daniel Freeman, Evan Zmuda, Casey Conrad), the girls 15–18 medley relay (Jenny Hubschman, Sarah Hubschman, Erin Zmuda, Brianna Snow), the boys 9–10 free relay (Fisher, Knight, Faux and Conrad), the 11–12 boys free relay (Kaleb Fisher, Noah Huffer, Spencer Faux and Dustin Ferrell), the 15–18 girls free relay (Zmuda, Snow, Herr, Courtney West) and the 15–18 boys free relay (David Hawk, Justin Francis, David Kamyar and Nick Gould).
Individual medal winners included Isaiah Fisher, Evan Zmuda, Logan Conrad, Joel Conrad, Mason Faux, David Hawk, Erin Zmuda, Brianna Snow, Elly Herr, Justin Francis and Tyler Knight. David Hawk also set the team records in the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyle.