Local High School Swimmers Compete at Miami University


The Benjamin Logan Raiders swimmers competed at the 2023 Southwest Ohio District Meet held at Miami University on Friday. The boys qualified for districts in 3 individual events and were 2nd alternate for the 200 Free Relay. The girls qualified for districts in the 200 Free Relay.

For the boys, Luke McKenrick dropped 1.88 seconds in the 200 Free with a time of 2:04.82 (PR) moving up 3 spots to 19th place. He also competed in the 100 Free moving up 4 spots to 27th place with a time of 54.20 (PR). Robert Leezer finished in 23rd place in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:07.71.

For the girls, the 200 Medley Relay of Annika Chappell, Winnie Bodin, Allison Moore, and Liberty Hays dropped 2.82 seconds, moving up 4 spots to 20th place with a time of 2:09.79.

Coach Sweeney shared his final thoughts on the season: “I’ve truly been blessed to coach a great group of kids this year. This senior class led this team and laid the groundwork for many years to come. They really helped me to find my voice as a coach and I am grateful. The fact that all of these kids got up for 6 am practice shows their dedication and I can’t wait till next year to coach those that are returning and for those that aren’t, I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish beyond high school.”

The Bellefontaine Chieftain boys took to the pool one last time on Friday morning in Oxford for the Southwest District Championships. Advancing to the District level is a big accomplishment and always one of our goals for our swimmers. This year we had six boys advance to the meet across 9 events. Each of our athletes had success during the meet.

200 Medley Relay – 21st – 1:56.82 – John Fulmer, Aidan Mifsud, Elias Abrego, Nolan Core

200 Free Relay – 23rd – 1:42.12  – Elias Abrego, John Fulmer, Nolan Core, Blake McDonald

400 Free Relay – 18th – 3:54.08 – Aidan Mifsud, Nolan Core, Cooper Harman, Blake McDonald

Elias Abrego – 27th 50 Free 24.26 , 19th 100 Fly 59.63

Cooper Harman – 32nd 500 Free 6:11.21

Blake McDonald – 31st 100 Free 55.59, 20th 100 Back 1:02.31

Aidan Mifsud – 30th 200 IM

Seniors Aidan Mifsud and Blake McDonald made their first appearance in individual events at Districts last year and followed it up with another appearance and strong performance. Junior Cooper Harman had his first District swims following a year of tremendous improvement, while junior John Fulmer and sophomores Elias Abrego and Nolan Core finished their second year at this level with personal best times.

The Lady Chieftain swimmers finished their season Friday at the District competition in Oxford. Five girls qualified for the meet across six events. The girls dropped time, improved their rank, or both in each event.

200 Free Relay – 18th – 1:50.75 – Olivia Ullom, Elaina Ullom, Joslyn Robinson, Morgan Henr

400 Free Relay – 18th – 4:15.59 – Olivia Ullom, Kate Myers, Joslyn Robinson, Morgan Henry

Morgan Henry – 9th 100 Free 55.95, 17th 100 Back 1:02.32

Joslyn Robinson – 30th 200 IM

Olivia Ullom – 100 Breast 1:19.50

Senior Joslyn Robinson qualified for 200 IM and relays each of her four years. Senior Olivia Ullom helped relays qualify multiple years and snagged her first individual event this season. And senior Morgan Henry came back from injury and after only competing for about a month managed to score for her team one last time. Junior Elaina Ullom dropped an large amount of time this season and sophomore Kate Myers served the team by swimming the tough events.

The Indian Lake Laker swimmers also competed at the district meet at Miami University on Friday. Senior Brant Parsell finished 15th in the 20 and 20th in the 500. The 400 relay was 14th with Chris Gillian, Grant McPherson, Caleb Altstaetter, and Brant Parsell. Senior Lily Jenkins was 23rd in the 100 fly, winning her heat and improving her school record to 1:08:28. The 200 free relay was 23rd with Paige Mefford, Grace Pequignot, Ashlyn Beiderman, and Lily Jenkins.  Finally, the 400 free relay was 24th with Lily Jenkins, Paige Mefford, Grace Pequignot, and Annie Braig.