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River View and Coshocton swimmers do well at district

| February 17, 2014

COLUMBUS – Both the Coshocton and River View swim teams sent 15 athletes to the district championships held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15 in Columbus.

The top two swimmers automatically qualified for the state meet which will be held this weekend in Canton while the remaining swimmers had to hold their collective breath to find out if they made the field of 24 in their event based on times from around the state at other district meets.

River View junior Lydia Els finished seventh in the girls 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.49, which put her just out of reach of the state finals. Coshocton’s senior swimmer Kaitlyn Salmans came in 12th in the same event at 2:08.18.

The two also competed in the girls 500 freestyle where Els came in fifth at 5:31.13 and Salmans ninth at 5:44.25.

In the girls 100 backstroke River View’s Shawna Shroyer placed 13th at 1:12.92.

In the girls 100 breaststroke Coshocton’s Georgia Brown placed 21st at 1:17.72.

The River View quad of Shelby Mizer, Shawna Shroyer, Lydia Els and Samantha Douglass placed ninth in the girls 200 freestyle relay at 1:51.53, with Coshocton’s foursome of Peyton Bair, Casey Fortney, Sydney Ringenberg and Kaitlyn Salmans came in at 1:52.69.

The Redskins foursome of Peyton Bair, Sydney Ringenberg, Jacqueline Roman and Kaitlyn Salmans placed 12th at 4:10.77, while RV’s quad was disqualified in the girls 400 freestyle relay.

The River View female swimmers came back strong in the girls 200 medley relay, placing 13th, with Lydia Els, Shawna Shroyer, KJ Smailes and Shelby Mizer competing. Their time was 2:07.57.

Coshocton came in 21st in the same event with a time of 2:14.87 with Jacqueline Roman, Georgia Brown, Casey Fortney and Jenny Simpson swimming for the Redskins.

Both Coshocton and River View girls swim teams proudly represented themselves, their schools and the community and although they came up a bit short to compete at state, many of the girls set new individual, school and ECOL records during the 2013-2014 swim season. These girls will reflect with pride on a terrific season of swimming and competing.

On the boys’ side, Coshocton will be sending several swimmers to the state meet in Canton. Qualifying were Bryce Philabaum in the 500 freestyle, where he placed second at 5:05.32. Teammate Jacob Blank was 22nd at 5:44.59.

In the boys 100 backstroke, the Redskins will send both Bryce Philabaum and ECOL male swimmer of the year Marc Smith to Canton – the pair came in first and second in the event at :54.59 and :54.68 respectively. River View’s Nate Cooper came in 18th at 1:05.32.

Coshocton also fared well in the boys 400 freestyle relay, qualifying for the state meet with the foursome of Marc Smith, Bryce Philabaum, Alex Wheeler and Brian Rogers making state with a third place finish at 3:20.24. River View’s team of Cooper, Hardesty, Wine and Smith placed 18th at 3:58.59.

Completing the state qualifiers were Coshocton’s 200 medley relay team of Marc Smith, Brian Rogers, Alex Wheeler and Bryce Philabaum who placed second in the district at 1:40.47, putting them in a strong position at state. River View’s Nate Cooper, Dalton Hammond, Brendan Dickson and Trevis Stamper placed sixth in the event at 1:50.22 coming up short of state but making a strong statement for Black Bear swimming.

Both Coshocton and River View male swimmers did well at the district championships and in addition to the state qualifiers, swimmers fared well in several other events.

In the 50 freestyle, River View had three swimmers place; Dalton Hammond in ninth at :23.61, Brendan Dickson 14th at :23.98 and Trevor Wine 13th at :26.00.

In the 100 freestyle, Coshocton’s Brian Rogers was eighth at: 49.38, the Bear’s Dalton Hammond 14th at :51.51, River View’s Brendan Dickson 22nd at :53.41 and Redskins Cody McVay 25th at :54.01.

Coshocton had two boys swim well in the 200 freestyle; Marc Smith placing third at 1:49.57 and Jacob Blank 21st at 2:04.06.

Brian Rogers placed sixth in the boys 100 breaststroke at 1:02.88 and Alex Wheeler placed seventh in the 100 butterfly at :54.31.

In the 200 Individual Medley, Coshocton’s Alex Wheeler placed fourth at 2:04.07, Cody McVay for the Redskins placed ninth at 2:15.43 and Nate Cooper for River View placed 28th at 2:32.83.

Coshocton’s foursome of Casey, Blank, Babcock and McVay placed 16th in the 200 meter freestyle relay at 1:44.20.

Overall, it was a great day of swimming for local athletes with the Coshocton male swimmers continuing a strong performance with several athletes headed to the state swim meet this weekend in Canton.

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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