Darts capture fifth straight GCSL title
For the fifth year in a row, the Delaware Aquatics Racing Team won the Greater Columbus Swim League's overall championship.
In the league meet that concluded July 23 at Highlands Park in Westerville, the Stingrays captured the junior and senior titles and scored 3,175.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Worthington (2125.67).
Highlands, the host squad for the finals, finished third (1833.17), followed by Northwest (1,808), Westerville JC (1779.5), Olympic (1737), Plain Township (1597.5) and Gahanna (987.67).
Delaware, led by senior coach Bill Rietz and junior coach Denise Berry, won 27 of 72 swimming events and had athletes finish in the top three in 29 other events.
The Stingrays took the junior title (1491.5 points) ahead of Olympic (879) and the senior title (1684) ahead of Worthington (1249).
"It all started with the prelims the day before over in Worthington," Rietz said. "Going from there to here, it was all about getting our kids qualified in the finals to get us those points that we needed."
The junior swimmers in the meet are age 10 and under, while the seniors are 11-18. Both juniors and seniors are divided into three groups: 6U, 7-8 and 9-10 for juniors and 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 for seniors. The Stingrays broke seven meet records in the finals, with three individuals contributing four of those marks.
Kaitlyn Sallows set two records in winning the girls 6U 25-meter backstroke (24.17 seconds) and the 25 freestyle (20.73). Lincoln Shirley won the boys 6U 25 back in a record 26.79, and Brooke Glesenkamp set a record for the girls 13-14 50 free while winning in 27.67.
Delaware also had three record-setting relays. William Elsrod, Phillip Holst, Mark Sulek and Ryan Smudz clocked 1:04.59 in the boys 9-10 100 free relay; Regan DeWitt, Brittany Puthoff, Lindsey Norris and Nicole Chase won the girls 15-18 200 medley relay in 2:07.59; and Kara Miller, Puthoff, DeWitt and Chase took the 200 free relay in 1:55.76.
Glesenkamp also won the girls 13-14 100 individual medley (1:09.87).
"We pride ourselves as one program to try and win that overall trophy," Rietz said. "When you talk about 100 athletes coming together as a group, it's kind of hard to point out specific swimmers because everyone contributed in some way, shape or form at this event."