Trio of GHS tankers win NCC titles
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
NORTH ROBINSON — Kristen Benedict, Sam DeNero and Caroline Shifley swam to individual championships in the North Central Conference Swim Meet here last Saturday.
Benedict won the girls’ 50-yard freestyle race with a time of 26.48, DeNero did the same in the boys’ race with a mark of 22.71; and Shifley was best in the girls’ 100-yard butterfly at 1:07.40.
Team scores in the girls’ meet were: Colonel Crawford, 273; Galion, 220; Wynford, 207; Ontario, 193; Bucyrus, 140; Upper Sandusky, 71; and Crestline, 12.
In the boys’ competition, it was: Colonel Crawford, 326; Ontario, 316; Galion, 186; Wynford, 132; Upper Sandusky, 112; Crestline, 29; and Bucyrus, 10.
In addition to winning the girls’ 50 free, Benedict took second place in the 100 free. Shifley was third in the girls’ 200 individual medley; while Becca Rigdon was third in the 200 free and 500 free.
In the girls’ 100-meter backstroke, Galion’s Samantha Altstadt was second, and Kennedy Gregg, third.
The quartet of Shifley, Altstadt, Rigdon and Benedict garnering second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
For the Galion boys, placing second with a school record time of 1:44.29 was the 200-yard medley relay squad of Connor Kempf, Chad Karnes, Zane Ekin and DeNero.
Also, Ekin was second in the 200-yard individual medley; Kempf, second in the 100-yard backstroke; and Karnes, third in the 500-yard freestyle.
“Congrats to (Colonel) Crawford upon winning both NCC championships,” noted Galion head coach Ted Temple. “Our team did pretty darn good, too. Our team is right on schedule, hopefully peaking at the sectionals and district,” “I thought our team swam very well and I was very proud of them.”
He added that out of 61 swims by his troops, 33 were season-best times.
In a NCC meet last Tuesday in Galion, the Lady Tigers swam past the visiting Lady Rams of Upper Sandusky 64–30 and the Galion boys were 56–37 winners over the Rams.
Individuals winning two races apiece for the Lady Tigers were: Becca Rigdon, 200 free, 2:21.21, and the 500 free, 6:12.22; Caroline Shifley, 200 individual medley, 2:32.53, and the 100 fly, 1:12.25; and Kristen Benedict, 50 free, 27.78, and the 100 free, 1:00.31.
Winning one race each were Kennedy Gregg, 100 back, 1:08.15; and Liz Valentine, 100 breast, 1:26.94.
Also, triumphant relay teams were the 200 medley squad of Gregg, Shifley, Benedict and Rigdon, 2:09.68; and the 400 free quartet of Shifley, Samantha Altstadt, Rigdon and Benedict, 4:25.44.
For the Tigers, double-winning individuals were: Sam DeNero, 50 free, 23.19, and 100 free, 54.42; Zane Ekin, 200 individual medley, 2:11.88, and the 100 fly, 58.47; plus Chad Karnes, 200 free, 1:59, and 500 free, 5:28.41.
Connor Kempf was the top performer in the 100 back, 58.4.
The 200 medley relay team of Kempf, Karnes, Ekin and DeNero was best with a mark of 1:50.04; and those same four teamed up to capture first in the 400 free relay at 4:24.4.