Local swimmers capture several firsts, set school records at ECOL meet

| January 19, 2015
Swimming: Redskin senior swimmer Brian Rogers takes a look at the official timing after swimming the final leg of the boys’ 400 meter freestyle relay during the ECOL championship swimming meet held Friday evening, Jan. 16 at the Janet Jones Natatorium at Coshocton High School. The quad of Bryce Philabaum, Talon Babcock, Cody McVay and Rogers captured a first in the event, eking out a less than half second time over rival Dover. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Swimming: Redskin senior swimmer Brian Rogers takes a look at the official timing after swimming the final leg of the boys’ 400 meter freestyle relay during the ECOL championship swimming meet held Friday evening, Jan. 16 at the Janet Jones Natatorium at Coshocton High School. The quad of Bryce Philabaum, Talon Babcock, Cody McVay and Rogers captured a first in the event, eking out a less than half second time over rival Dover. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

COSHOCTON – The 2015 ECOL championship swim meet was held Friday evening, Jan. 16 at the Janet Jones Natatorium at Coshocton High School with athletes from eight ECOL schools competing. Dover took home first place in both boys and girls and the Tornado swim team rode back to Dover with the female, male and coaches of the year awards for the ECOL. Overall, the River View lady swimmers came in fourth with Coshocton fifth and on the boys side of the ledger, Coshocton took second and RV third.

But Coshocton and River View swimmers set some marks of their own establishing new school records. For the Redskins, junior Bryce Philabaum set a school record in the 200 meter IM with a second place finish time of 2:19.56. Philabaum also set a new Redskins school record with a strong first place finish in the boys’ 100 meter backstroke at 1:00.86. The Black Bear foursome of senior Brendan Dickson, junior Andy Smith, sophomore Nate Cooper and senior Dalton Hammond set a new RV school record in the 200 meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.82, finishing second to Dover in the event.

This article reports on first, second and third places by local swimmers. The River View lady foursome of Lydia Els, KJ Smailes, Shawna Shroyer and Samantha Douglass placed third in the 200 m medley relay at 2:29.71. The Redskins foursome of Bryce Philabaum, Brian Rogers, Cody McVay and Patrick Brouse finished second in the boys 200 m medley relay at 1:57.37 while the Black Bears quad of Nate Cooper, Dalton Hammond, Brendan Dickson and Andy Smith took third at 2:04.17.

Two local seniors, Lydia Els for River View and Brian Rogers for the Redskins both placed first in their respective 200 meter freestyle swims with a time of 2:17.92 for Els and 2:04.99 for Rogers.

Two local swimmers placed in the top three in the boys’ 50 meter freestyle, with senior Brendan Dickson for the Bears at second with a time of 26.20 and Talon Babcock, a junior, third at 26.84.

In the boys 100 meter freestyle swim, Redskins senior Brian Rogers placed second at 55.65, a mere .55 behind Jesse Toney of Dover. River View’s Dalton Hammond, a senior, placed third in the event at 59.92.

The final event of the 22 event meet, the boys 400 meter freestyle relay, brought people to their feet in a frenzied finish of powerful strokes that saw the Redskins foursome of junior Bryce Philabaum, junior Talon Babcock, junior Cody McVay and senior Brian Rogers swimming in the anchor position, just edge out Dover’s foursome by a half second with a time of 3:54.89 compared to Dover’s 3:55.25. The Redskins swimmers beat their seed time by a full three seconds in the event.

For complete results of the meet, visit http://coshoctonswim.tripod.com.

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