Chieftain swimmers finish in top 10 at Tippecanoe Invite

The Bellefontaine varsity swim team competed at the Tippecanoe Red Devil Swimvitational Saturday.

The Lady Chieftains scored 72 points and finished 9th out of 13 teams.

Team scores: 1. Alter 437, 2. Tipp 385, 3. Madeira 375, 4. Troy 289, 5. Kenton Ridge 190, 6. Miami Valley 133, 7. Wayne 113, 8. Clayton Northmont 83, 9. Bellefontaine 72, 10. Sidney 65, 11. Middletown 14, 12. Miami East 7, 13. Bethel 5.

Scoring for the girls:

Medley Relay A – 10th – Kate Myers, Olivia Ullom, Morgan Henry, Joslyn Robinson

Medley Relay B – 16th – Kaidi Freeman, Ashton Carey, Emma Merrin, Alexis Buffkin

200 Free Relay A -11th – Joslyn Robinson, Elaina Ullom, Maddie Ullom, Olivia Ullom

400 Free Relay A -14th – Kaeleigh Flora, Ashton Carey, Elaina Ullom, Kate Myers

400 Free Relay B – 16th – Gillian Steele, Emma Merrin, Maddie Ullom, Kaidi Freeman

Ashton Carey (9 points) – 9th 500 Free

Joslyn Robinson (5 points) – 16th 200 IM, 13th 100 Back

Morgan Henry (5 points) – 12th 100 Fly

Kaeleigh Flora (1 point) – 19th 100 Fly

Personal best times:

Jai Abhyankar – 50 Free (-1.63)

Alexis Buffkin – 500 Free (-16.20!)

Maria Casanas – 50 Free (-0.22)

Ella Costin – 200 Free (-10.83!)

Julia Easton – 50 Free (-0.76)

Kaeleigh Flora – 100 Fly (-3.16)

Kaidi Freeman – 100 Free (-1.97)

Claire Grandstaff – 50 Free (-0.84)

Claire McDaniel – 100 Breast (-0.69)

Emma Merrin – 100 Free (-2.49)

Maddie Ullom – 100 Back (-1.64)

Olivia Ullom – 50 Free (-0.21)

“This meet was highly competitive and we saw several best times because of it,” said swim coach Sharon Lewis. “We are in the heaviest portion of our training, so our swimmers were tired today. To stay within range of the best time is great, to set a new best shows that form is improving. In addition, one of the greatest things about the regular season meets is the ability to score an A & B relay – this really gets a lot of swimmers involved and helps us to build depth.”

The Chieftain boys took 2nd scoring 252 points.

Team scores: 1. Cincinnati Madeira 376.5, 2. Bellefontaine 252, 3. Clayton Northmont 238.5, 4. Tipp 202, 5. Sidney 188, 6. Alter 186.5, 7. KR 167, 8. Troy 164, 9. Wayne 162.5, 10. Miami Valley 75, 11. Middletown 68, 12. Bethel 16, 13. Miami East 1.

Scoring for the boys:

200 Medley Relay A – 5th – Blake McDonald, Aidan Mifsud, Elias Abrego, John Fulmer

200 Free Relay A – 6th – Aidan Mifsud, Elias Abrego, Nolan Core, Blake McDonald

200 Free Relay B – 15th – Devin George, Jaylen Henry, Beckham Harman, Blaine Mitchell

400 Free Relay A – 7th – Nolan Core, Cooper Harman, Ryan Alexander, John Fulmer

400 Free Relay B – 12th – Beckham Harman, Devin George, Jaylen Henry, Cody Hudson

Elias Abrego (27 points) – 5th 200 Free (PR -12.73), 6th 100 Fly (-0.37)

Cooper Harman (25 points) – 8th 200 Free, 5th 500 Free (-10.89!)

Blake McDonald (25 points) – 7th 50 Free, 6th 100 Back

Aidan Mifsud (21 points) – 7th 200 IM, 9th 100 Free

Nolan Core (20 points) – 6th 200 Free, 10th 100 Fly

John Fulmer (14 points) – 10th 100 Free, 10th 100 Back

Ryan Alexander (12 points) – 6th 500 Free

Cody Hudson (7 points) – 10th 100 Breast (PR -0.13)

Beckham Harman (6 points) – 15th 200 IM (PR -0.76)

Additional Personal Best Times:

Ryan Alexander – 50 Free (-0.28)

Jaylen Henry – 50 Free (-1.17)

“Our boys are really doing a great job of embracing each race,” said Coach Lewis. “Additionally, with the ability to score both an A & B relay, we are having every swimmer contribute to our team score. Our depth really helped out today with 7 boys scoring over 10 points. This group is on fire and we are excited to see the rest of the season unfold.”

Bellefontaine will hit the pool again at the SW Classic on Saturday, January 14, and Sunday, January 15 at the Dayton Raider Aquatic Center.