12 local swimmers compete at YMCA zone meet
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
BOWLING GREEN — One dozen members of the Galion Community Center YMCA Dolphins swim team competed in the Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championships here last weekend.
The zone meet consisted of qualifying swimmers from five states — Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.
Those who competed in the meet for the Dolphins were Sarah Campbell, Chloe Carman, Sam DeNero, Zane Ekin, Taryn Gathright, Jillianne Gregg, Jake Johnson, Kaleb Johnson, Connor Kempf, Pierce Krassow, Logan Pfeifer and Brianna Wallis,
In the 15-and-older division, DeNero, Kaleb Johnson, Kempf and Pfeifer finished third in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:29.85.
DeNero, Ekin, Johnson and Pfeifer placed fifth in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:21.24.
Ekin, Johnson, Kempf and Pfeifer were 10th in the 200 medley relay at 1:41.82. They qualified for the nationals earlier in the season.
Individually, Johnson was fourth in the 200 breast, eighth in the 200 individual medley, eighth in the 100 breast, 17th in the 50 fly, and 22nd in the 100 fly.
Pfeifer took fourth in the 100 free and seventh in the 50 free.
Ekin was 30th in the 100 fly and 37th in the 50 fly.
Kempf garnered 23rd place in the 100 back and 24th in the 50 back.
DeNero was 18th in the 50 free.
Gathright was 24th in the 100 breast.
Jake Johnson finished seventh in the 100 breast and 32nd in the 50 fly in 13–14-year-old boys.
In 11–12 girls, the 200 freestyle relay quartet of Carman, Gregg, Krassow and Wallis was 15th, while Carman, Campbell, Gregg and Krassow were 21st in the 200 medley relay.
Also, Wallis was 27th in the 50 back and 43rd in the 50 free.
Gregg took 13th in the 50 free.
Krassow was 36th in the 50 back.
Representing Galion in the national meet — to be held early April in Greensboro, North Carolina — will be DeNero, 50 free; Gathright, 100 breast; Kaleb Johnson, 100 breast; plus Pfeifer in the 50 free and 100 free.
The 15-and-over 200 medley relay squad (Ekin, Johnson, Kempf and Pfeifer), the 200 freestyle relay quartet (DeNero, Ekin, Kempf and Pfeifer), along with the 400 medley relay crew (Ekin, Johnson, Kempf and Pfeifer) will also compete.
To help the families with the cost of traveling to Greensboro, a fundraiser is planned for March 21st and 26th at Pizza Hut in Galion from 5–8 p.m. There will be a buffet and drink for $8.50 a person, and a portion of each buffet sale will be donated to the local nationals squad. Team members will be present to meet and greet diners.