MG swimmers compete at Zanesville
The Mount Gilead high school swim team traveled to Zanesville Saturday, Jan. 12, to compete in the West Muskingum Tornado Invitational.
This is the second year the team was invited to participate in the 11-team meet. While most of the teams were from the Licking and Muskingum County area, others like MG and Portsmouth Notre Dame traveled several hours.
“It is far away, but it is a good meet for us,” said coach Brad Snow. “Most of the teams are in the same situation we are of having to share pool time. It is a positive experience for the team to find themselves more evenly matched than in some meets we attend.”
Overall, Mount Gilead placed third of eleven teams. The women actually led the meet right down to the last relay, ultimately coming in second only to Athens High School. Senior Kara Grossman tied for high point swimmer of the meet as she scored first in her 50 free and 100 breaststroke events and was part of the winning 200 medley and free relays.
Finishing in the top three for the Indians: the 200 medley and free relays (Elly Herr, Grossman, Brianna Snow and Jenny Hubschman); Elly Herr in the 200 IM and Brianna Snow in the 100 fly.
Also bringing in points were the 200 medley relay ‘B’, (Taylor Clark, Genesis Rocks, Kendrea Ward and Courtney West); Herr in the 500 free, Snow in the 200 free, Ward in the 200 IM, Erika Stevens in the 200 IM and 100 fly, Courtney West in the 100 Breast, the 200 free relay ‘B’ (Rocks, Jade Trimmer, Ward and West), Jenny Hubschman in the 100 backstroke and the 400 free relay (Ward, Rocks, Trimmer and Haley Barnhart).
The men finished eighth of nine teams, but several swimmers turned in great efforts. Scoring for the Indians were David Kamyar and Zach Helman in the 200 IM, Jesse Rhodebeck in the 50 free and 100 back, Jacob Barnhart in the 500 free and the 400 free relay (Barnhart, Cameron Brown, Andrew McFarland and Kyle Landes).
First year swimmer Aaron Evans swam the 500 free for the first time. “Many swimmers get nervous at the thought of this event, but Aaron gave it his best and kept up a nice steady pace,” said Snow.
The meet wrapped up with some non-scoring co-ed relays and then the team headed to Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl — a fun Zanesville landmark that they discovered last year. According to assistant Melissa Barnhart, “Now that we have gone twice, it is a tradition.” For many of the swimmers and parents, it made the long drive worth the wait!
The team will travel next to Ada on Jan. 26, followed by the County Meet held Jan. 30 at the Marion YMCA.
According to Coach Snow, “This is the closest thing we have to an MOAC championship — we encourage the community to come out and support the team.”