The Mount Gilead varsity swimming team hosted a large swim meet on Dec. 18 at the Marion Y. Competing teams and the order of their finish were:
Marion Pleasant, Lima Senior, Mansfield Christian, Mount Gilead, Ada, Eastmoor Academy, River Valley, North Union, Amanda Clearcreek, Ridgedale, Marion Elgin and Crestline.
Erin Zmuda continued her quest to rewrite the school record board by breaking the decade long record in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:13.09, bettering the record held by Kiyomi Shintani by over six seconds. Other MG swimmers turning in outstanding swims and personal bests were Taylor Clark, Lexie Hinkle, Marion McGill, Brianna Snow, Courtney West, Aaron Evans, Colton Long and Kurtis Brown.
“Hosting a meet this large on a weeknight is a logistical challenge, but it came off very well with the help of our parents, friends and family of MGHS swimming and the Marion Y Aquatics Director,” said head coach Brad Snow. “The head referee commented on how the quality of swimming in the whole Marion/Morrow/Crawford County area has improved over the years he has officiated here.” Scoring for the Indians were: Elly Herr, Erin Zmuda, Brianna Snow, Lexie Hinkle, Taylor Clark, Savanah Christian, Erika Stevens, Courtney West, Jay Stratton, Jacob Barnhart, David Kamyar, Kyle Landes, Andrew McFarland, Logan Conrad, Aaron Evans, Kurtis Brown, Hallie Marlow, Julia Marshall and Marion McGill.
The team then traveled to the beautiful Kenyon College campus on Saturday to compete in the seventh annual Small Schools Invitational hosted by Mount Vernon High.
There were over 300 swimmers representing over two dozen schools. The final combined team rankings were: Mount Vernon, 413; Marion Pleasant, 392.5; Tri-Valley, 387; Roger Bacon, 369; Reynoldsburg. 356; Cambridge, 326; Big Walnut, 306; Mansfield, 292; Northridge, 179; Central Crossing, 169; Barnesville, 160; Liberty Union, 153; Mount Gilead, 136; Newark Catholic, 92; West Muskingum and Lakewood, 81; Rosecrans, 64; River Valley, 63; Zanesville, 56; John Glenn, 50; North Union, 40; Maysville, 31; Loudonville, 20; Philo, 7 and Elgin, 3.
Elly Herr swam the third fastest women’s 100 backstroke in school history, lowering her own time and chasing Kiyomi Shintani and Sarah Porter.
Scoring for the Indians were: Elly Herr, Savanah Christian, Brianna Snow, Lexie Hinkle, Jay Stratton, Jacob Barnhart, David Kamyar, Kyle Landes, Colton Long, Logan Conrad, Aaron Evans, Taylor Clark, Logan Conrad., Julia Marshall, Erika Stevens, Kurtis Brown and Andrew McFarland.
Swimmers showing improvements on their times were: Julia Marshall, Taylor Clark, Savanah Christian, Colton Long, Kyle Landes, Aaron Evans and Elly Herr,
“The team swam very well at this meet. I am happy to see the improvements rapidly mounting for so many of our student athletes. We will be going into two practices a day for the Christmas Break, so we will be tired and may not see improvements for a few weeks,” said Snow.