Mount Gilead swimmers set new relay record
Mount Gilead hosted a meet at the Marion Family YMCA on Dec. 5. Both the women and men were victorious. Final scores were:
Women — Mount Gilead, 179; River Valley, 94; Ridgedale, 16; North Union, 16 and Loudonville and Elgin, 0.
Men — Mount Gilead, 138; Elgin, 63 and River Valley, Ridgedale, North Union and Loudonville.
Mount Gilead opened the meet with a sweep of the 200 medley relays. Team depth allowed Mount Gilead to dominate the scoring in the meet.
First place finishers for the Indians were: Elly Herr, Kara Grossman, Brianna Snow, Jenny Hubschman, Jesse Rhodebeck, Jacob Barnhart, Zack Helman, David Kamyar, Kyle Landes and Nick Treisch.
Also scoring for the Purple and White: Lexie Hinkle, Genesis Rocks, Kendrea Ward, Erika Stevens, Julia Marshall, Savanah Christian, Taylor Clark, Jade Trimmer, Cameron Brown, Andrew McFarland, Haley Barnhart, and Aaron Evans.
Elly Herr passed Braelyn Snow to move into second place in school history in the 200 individual medley. The girls’ 200 free relay (Hubschman, Snow, Herr, and Grossman) missed a school record by .32 second.
“The relay will break this record in the next meet or two. This is a very fast group of swimmers – it’s just a matter of getting all four members to hit on the same day. Individually their times are fast enough to break it. We just have to do it and I know they have what it takes to do it!” said head coach Brad Snow.
“I also want to make sure to give credit to our new swimmers…Nick Treisch, Cameron Brown, Kyle Landes, Andrew McFarland and Aaron Evans. These young men are learning quickly and working very hard. They have added a lot of depth and give us a chance to repeat as Champions of the Tri-County Championship meet in January,” added the coach.
The team then traveled to New Albany to compete in the Northridge Viking Splash Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Mount Gilead girls took third of nine teams, while Big Walnut and Pleasant took the top two spots, respectively. Big Walnut and Pleasant repeated in the 1–2 spots in the boys’ meet; while the Indians tied Northridge for fifth place.
Scoring for the Indians: Elly Herr, Kara Grossman, Brianna Snow, Jenny Hubschman, Lexi Hinkle, Genesis Rocks, Kendrea Ward, Erika Stevens, Jesse Rhodebeck, Jacob Barnhart, Zack Helman, David Kamyar, Kyle Landes,Jade Trimmer and Nick Treisch.
The highlights of Mount Gilead’s performance was the women’s 200 freestyle relay of Hubschman, Snow, Herr, and Grossman. This relay set a new Mount Gilead High School team record. Kara Grossman also broke her own team record in the 100 breaststroke.
Mount Gilead then traveled to Kenyon College to participate in the Small Teams Invitational hosted by Mount Vernon High School.
There were 21 teams participating in the event. The final standings had the women in seventh, the men in 10th, and the combined team score was eighth.
Scoring for the Indians were Elly Herr, Kara Grossman, Brianna Snow, Jenny Hubschman, Lexie Hinkle, Courtney West, Kendrea Ward, Genesis Rocks, Jesse Rhodebeck, Jacob Barnhart, Zack Helman, David Kamyar, Nick Treisch, Aaron Evans, Kyle Landes, Andrew McFarland, Erika Stevens, Savanah Christian, Julia Marshall, Taylor Clark, Jade Trimmer, and Haley Barnhart.
Swimmers that had personal bests or great performances included Lexie Hinkle, Taylor Clark,Jesse Rhodebeck, Zack Helman, Kyle Landes, Kendrea Ward, David Kamyar, Kara Grossman, Courtney West, Nick Treisch, Savanah Christian, Andrew McFarland, Jenny Hubschman, Brianna Snow, Julia Marshall, and Genesis Rocks.
“This is a fantastic swim meet for Mount Gilead,” said Snow. “We get to swim in an incredible natatorium. The meet consists of teams about our size and talent. I was very excited to see some of our swimmers really dropping time and competing.”