Mount Gilead swimmers host invitational
The natatorium at the Marion Family YMCA was bustling with activity as Mount Gilead hosted a Small Schools Invitational on Wed., Dec. 19.
In addition to the host team, ten other schools were represented: Ada, Amanda-Clearcreek, Crestline, Elgin, Lima, Mansfield Christian, Marion Pleasant, Northridge, North Union, Ridgedale and River Valley.
“The purpose of this meet was to allow smaller Division II schools to have decent competition and have fun at the same time,” according to MG coach Brad Snow. “Many of us are in the same boat of rebuilding programs or trying to do our best with limited facilities. This was a great meet, and we owe a lot of thanks to Evan Shanley of the Marion Y for working out so many of the logistics.”
After the waves settled, the Mount Gilead women came in second only to Marion Pleasant with a score of 247.5 to 230. While the men placed fifth of nine teams, the combined score was enough to earn Mount Gilead third place out of 11 teams.
“Pleasant is our biggest area rival, so it always a motivator to see how we stack up against them. At the same time, we get along well and cheer for each others’ swimmers,” said Snow. “Ada High School also had some really fast men, so I am very pleased at how well we finished — again, due to the depth of swimmers and the ability to fill events. A highlight of the night was Kara Grossman breaking her own school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:16.85.”
Grossman’s time in the 50 free was also fast enough to place her in the top three in Mt. Gilead history, displacing the time held by Julie Gordon since the 1990s.
Mount Gilead swimmers finishing in the top three were: Jesse Rhodebeck, first in the 100 back; Kara Grossman, second in the 100 breast and third in the 50 free; Elly Herr, third in the 200 free; the women’s 200 medley relay (Elly Herr, Kara Grossman, Brianna Snow and Jenny Hubschman) — second place, and the women’s 200 free relay (Hubschman, Herr, Snow and Grossman) — third place. These swimmers also added additional points in other events as well.
“As I’ve mentioned frequently, every swimmer counts, and I believe the whole team contributed points to our effort this evening,” said Snow.
Adding to the team totals with efforts in both relays and individual events for the men were Jacob Barnhart, David Kamyar, Zach Helman, Nick Treisch, Cameron Brown, Kyle Landes and Andrew McFarland. Scoring for the women were Lexie Hinkle, Taylor Clark, Kendra Ward, Erika Stevens, Courtney West, Haley Barnhart, Genesis Rocks, Jade Trimmer, Savanah Christian and Julia Marshall.
“Our meets will resume in 2013, but our biggest challenge is how to keep in shape over the Christmas break. With the holidays falling during the week and no local pool, we are at a real disadvantage,” said Snow.