The Mount Gilead Barracudas finished up the summer dual meet schedule with a win over Bucyrus on July 9, outscoring the White Sharks 351-291.
“We got rained out of our last meet with them, so we didn’t know what to expect at this match up,” said Coach Dina Snow. “It turns out that their girls outscored us, but our boys outscored them by a bigger margin. As always, every swimmer counts and I try to reinforce this with the swimmers all the time.”
Individual first place finishes were earned by Brice Haughn, Grace Mowery, Joel Conrad, Michael Snopik, Adriana Tinch, Isaiah Fisher, Sammie West, Tyler Knight, Eric Mowery, Shelby West, Casey Conrad, Evan Zmuda, Xander Koller, Erin Zmuda, Rachel Shipp, Daniel Freeman, Logan Conrad and Kyle Landes.
The team also scored several first place relay finishes: the 9-10 boys medley relay (Brice Haughn, Isaiah Fisher, Joel Conrad and Bradley West) the 9-10 boys free relay (Haughn, Snopik, Conrad and West), the 11-12 boys medley relay (Snopik, Knight, West and Mowery), the 11-12 boys free relay (Fisher, Knight, West and Mowery), the 13-14 girls medley relay (Kylie Irwin, Cassandra Snopik, Shelby West, Meaghan McGill), the 13-14 girls free relay (Cassidy Hack, Emily Knight, West and McGill), the 13-14 boys medley and free relays (Evan Zmuda, Colton Long, Casey Conrad, Kaleb Fisher), the 15-18 girls free relay (Shipp, Zmuda, Courtney West and Ellie Herr) and the 15-18 boys medley and free relays (Logan Conrad, Daniel Freeman, Kyle Landes and Aaron Evans).
“One of the most exciting points of the meet came with the 15-18 girls free relay race. We knew Bucyrus was tough and just hoped for a good showing with our girls lineup. Rachel Shipp and Erin Zmuda got us off to a great lead, so Courtney West and Ellie Herr had to dig in and hang on to it. That lead narrowed by the time Ellie dove in, and her opponent was a very strong swimmer. The whole place was on their feet cheering as it came down to the finish and Mt. Gilead outtouched the Bucyrus girls. It was a something to see!” according to Coach Snow. “Ellie had just made the decision partway during the season to rejoin the team for the last few meets. We are very glad she did!”
Other meet highlights included young swimmers Ryann Brinkman, Olivia Morrison, Meaghan McGill and Bradley West trying the 50 free for the first time.
The team concluded the summer season with the TCAL Championship Meet, held on Sat., July 12, at the Marion YMCA.
“This is a big meat with all of the teams represented. With the addition of Upper Sandusky to the league and the growth of both the Galion and Bucyrus teams, we didn’t know what the outcome would be, especially since we were missing some swimmers. No one can top Colonel Crawford, so their win was a given. We were very pleased and excited, however, to win second place! Again, having swimmers in most of the events and relays makes a huge difference, and many swimmers did some hard things for the sake of the team. Nearly every swimmer scored points for Mount Gilead,” said Snow.
Swimmers who scored in the top three in each event earned medals. Gold medalists were Michael Snopik in the 100 free, Evan Zmuda in the 100 IM and 50 breast, and Rachel Shipp in the 200 IM, 100 fly and 200 free. Rachel also set new meet records in all three events.
Silver medalists in individual events were Jaxon Tinch in the 25 free, Michael Snopik in the 50 free, Tyler Knight in the 50 breast, Evan Zmuda in the 100 free, Erin Zmuda in the 50 free and 100 fly and Dylan Knight in the 100 breast.
Relay winners were the 9-10 boys medley relay (Liam Curtis, Isaiah Fisher, Joel Conrad and Wesley Bush); the 9-10 boys free relay (Snopik, Curtis, Fisher and Brice Haughn), the 11-12 boys medley relay (Snopik, Knight, Sammie West and Eric Mowery) and the 11-12 boys free relay (Knight, West, Mowery and Joel Conrad); the 13-14 boys medley and free relays (Evan Zmuda, Colton Long, Casey Conrad and Kaleb Fisher); and the 15-18 girls medley relay (Ellie Herr, Rachel Shipp, Erin Zmuda and Courtney West).
Rounding up the top finishers were bronze medal winners Joel Conrad, 50 free, Isaiah Fisher, 25 breast, and Liam Curtis, 25 back.. Relay winners were the 13-14 girls free relay (Cassidy Hack, Emily Knight, Shelby West and Meaghan McGill), the 15-18 girls free relay (Shipp, Zmuda, West and Herr), the 15-18 boys medley relay (Logan Conrad, Daniel Freeman, Kyle Landes and Aaron Evans) and the 15-18 boys free relay (Conrad, Landes, Evans and Dylan Knight).
“The swimmers really stepped up and did their best. We had many personal bests at this meet and even a few team records. Hallie Marlow dropped 12 seconds in her 200 free, Eric Mowery dropped over nine seconds in his 100 free and Logan Conrad dropped over six seconds in his 100 fly. Michael Snopik set a team record in the 100 free and the 15-18 girls set a team record in the 200 free relay. It was fun to watch everyone achieve after a good season of work.”
The team will conclude with their awards banquet this week.