Suburban East Swim League

Eastmoor earns Varsity Division championship


Tyler Mansfield and sisters Maggie Phillips and Mia Phillips sparked the Eastmoor Swordfish to the Suburban East Swim League meet championship in the Varsity Division on July 24 at Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club.

Mansfield, who will be a junior at Bexley High School, set a meet record in the 50-yard butterfly, finishing in 27.78 seconds in the girls 15-18 age group. She also set a Swordfish record with a 1:07.87 in the 100 individual medley while placing third, and took second in the 100 backstroke (1:06.01).

"I really wanted the 100 fly record and I thought I could get it if I just went out and swam hard, and that's what I did," Mansfield said. "My goal now is to take this back to Bexley and set some records, like the 50 freestyle -- just put my name on the board there."

Eastmoor scored 676 points to hold off runner-up Reynoldsburg (637) as well as Hunters Ridge (394), New Albany Links (122), Foxboro (96) and London (28).

In the JV Division (10-and-under), Reynoldsburg scored 327 to edge Eastmoor (311) and New Albany Links (307), with Foxboro (254), Hunters Ridge (119) and London (12) rounding out the standings.

Maggie Phillips won all five of her events and set two teams records in the girls 13-14 age group, and Mia Phillips, competing in 11-12, also won five events and set two team records.

"Maggie and Mia had outstanding days, but I was excited about our depth more than anything else because we had so many kids swim above their seeds that tacked on extra points, and that was the difference," said coach Tony Phillips, their father and the coach at Hartley. "We set a lot of team records and we work hard, so this is rewarding.

"We have a small facility to handle as many kids as we do and I think that helps motivate these kids. The best news is that we should have just about everyone back next year."

Maggie won the 50 fly (29.03), 50 back (31.1) and 100 IM (1:06.75) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (2:07.88) and 200 free relay (1:51.68).

Mia won the 50 fly (30.14), 50 breaststroke (33.67) and 100 IM (1:09.33) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (2:15.27) and 200 free relay (2:02.24).

Maggie will be a freshman at Hartley and Mia is entering seventh grade at St. Catharine.

"I hope I can come in a help at Hartley right away," Maggie said. "I'm better at longer distances like the 500 free, but I'll swim anything that will help the team. I swim club all year, so I love the summer leagues because they're so much fun. I swam against so many girls who will be going to Hartley next year and I think we're going to be pretty strong."

Also winning was Kayla Williams in the 11-12 girls 50 free (28.34).

George Melikian (15-18) won the 100 breast in 1:06.78 and 100 IM in 1:01.82, Michael Knox (13-14) won the 50 free in 26.86 and Michael Bungard (15-18) won the 100 free in 54.32. Other Varsity wins provided by the boys were in the 15-18 relays, as the 200 medley finished in 1:51.59 and the 200 free finished in 1:41.91.

In the JV Division, Victor Noll (7-8) won the 25 breast in 24.78 and Liam Allwein (6-and-under) won the 25 free in 26.63. The boys won the 100 medley relay (1:19.14) and 100 free relay (1:06.64) in the 9-10 age group.

McCafferty, Davis lead Reynoldsburg in Varsity

Morgan McCafferty and Jared Davis shined for the Reynoldsburg Marlins in the Varsity Division.

Both won their three individual events and McCafferty also was a member of two winning relays that set league records.

McCafferty, competing in the 15-18 age group, set individual league records in the 100 breast (1:11.97) and 100 IM (1:02.99). She joined Acadia Gaver, Leah Svoboda and Abby Hutson-Comeaux to win both the 200 medley relay (1:59.53) and 200 free relay (1:49.73).

McCafferty also won the 100 back (1:01.53).

"I really wasn't going all-out because I'm trying to save something for (a club meet July 26)," said McCafferty, who is being recruited by the U.S. Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Ohio University, West Virginia and Marshall as she prepares for her senior season at Reynoldsburg.

"I finished sixth in the 100 back and seventh in the 200 IM (in the Division I state meet last winter), but the IM is my favorite. I'm looking forward to having a great senior season."

Davis, competing in the 11-12 group, won the 50 fly (29.83), 50 breast (33.87) and 100 IM (1:06.0).

Acadia Gaver won the 100 free (59.42) and sibling Dru Gaver won the 100 IM (1:15.47) in the boys 13-14 group.

Also in 13-14, Harvey Culbert won the 50 fly (30.74) and 50 breast (35.02), Tanner Woodell won the 50 back (32.71) and Stephany Aeling won the girls 50 breast (38.11). The boys also won the 200 medley relay (2:07.69) and 200 free relay (1:54.83).

On the JV level, Sam Downey led the way. In the 9-10 group, he won titles in the 25 fly (17.53), 50 breast (46.73) and 50 free (32.98).

Max Hutson-Comeaux won the 50 back (41.69) in 9-10 and Araceli Garver won the girls 8-and-under 25 fly (18.94).

"The best part of (being on the team) is that I love the coaches," Araceli Garver said. "This is fun. Competing is fun and my favorite event is fly."

The JV champions won three relays, including the girls 100 IM (1:11.25) and 100 free (1:03.17) in the 9-10 group. The boys won the 100 free relay (1:24.94) in the 8-and-under group.

Belli trio, Fleege lead Hunters Ridge

Hunters Ridge totaled 14 combined wins, and the Belli family had a hand in seven. In addition, Rene Fleege added three individual wins.

Competing in 11-12, John Paul Belli won the 50 back (32.92) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay (2:16.73) and 200 free relay (2:00.14). Major Belli won the 100 back (1:00.34) in the 15-18 boys and sister Marie Belli won three JV events in the 9-10 group. She won the 25 fly in a league-record 14.5, took the 50 back in 36.05 and was first in the 50 breast (38.53).

Rene Fleege won 7-8 titles in the 25 back (21.22), 25 breast (22.47) and 25 free (17.93).

Other winners were Taylor Warren in the girls 11-12 50 back (32.13), Chad Kegelmayer in the boys 11-12 50 free (29.99), Stephany Wasmer in the girls 13-14 50 free (28.3) and Devon Saccocio in the 15-18 50 fly (26.82). Saccocio edged brother Alex Saccocio (27.85) in the 50 fly.

New Albany Links fueled by Boals

Chase Boals led New Albany Links, as he had a part in four of the team's five overall victories.

In the 8-and-under group, Boals won titles in the 25 fly (21.32) and 25 back (21.76) and joined Corey Justin, Reid Luffler and Connor Sauvey in the winning 100 medley relay (1:35.89) and 100 free relay (1:20.07).

Joey Corey won the 25 back (27.61) in the 6-and-under group.

Meadows wins twice to lead Foxboro effort

Anna Meadows, competing in the 6-and-under group, won titles in the 25 back (27.05) and 25 free (22.47) for Foxboro.

Kiersten Marks won the 50 free (31.0) in the 9-10 group, and the 8-and-under girls 100 medley relay won in 1:43.78.

Comer leads London with third-place time

Savannah Comer had the top place for London, as she finished third (23.45) in the 25 back in the girls 7-8 group.

The Varsity team was led by Emily Bennett, who was sixth in the 50 breast (42.11) in the 11-12 age group.

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