Coshocton swimmers make history

| February 24, 2014

CANTON – It has been a good – shall we say, great – year for Coshocton Redskins swimming. And while this article does not go into all of the detail and records set on both the boys’ and girls’ side of the pool, our purpose here is to reflect on the recently held state swim meet.

The C. T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, was the stage for the state swim meet held this past weekend. The Redskins sent four swimmers to the event: Marc Smith, Brian Rogers, Alex Wheeler and Bryce Philabaum. The quad qualified at the regional meet in Columbus over a week ago to swim the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Sophomore Bryce Philabaum also qualified in the boys 100 backstroke.

The boys made it into the finals on Friday by swimming their hearts out on Thursday. When the ripples had stopped in the pool on Friday, the foursome found themselves in a very respectable 14th spot in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:41.44, slightly more than six seconds off the first place team at 1:35.06.

Not to be done with one event, the quad of Smith, Wheeler, Philabaum and Rogers came in 16th in the 400 freestyle with a time of 3:22.61, with first place finishing at 3:10.00.

Philabaum swam his way to a 15th place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of :55.09 with the first place finisher coming in at :51.45. Philabaum, only a sophomore, has a great chance to return to Canton next season as does Rogers.

The Coshocton swimmers used hard work, discipline and a lot of heart to encourage each other throughout the season and no more so than in Columbus and Canton. Remember, this is the state meet we’re talking about here. This is one swim season that Coshocton will be talking about well into the future.



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