Wapakoneta Waves swim team member Grant Honigford, 9, competes Saturday in the Western Ohio Aquatic League Championships at Bluffton Community Pool. (Staff photo/John Zwez)
From staff reports
BLUFFTON â€” The Wapakoneta Waves earned three age group titles Saturday upon the conclusion of the two-day Western Ohio Aquatic League championships at Bluffton Community Pool, as Wapakâ€™s 8-and-under boys, 13-14 girls and 13-14 boys each won their respective age groups.
Wapakâ€™s 8-and-under boys were dominant with 394 points, as runner-up Westside finished at 174. Finishing with 386 points, Wapakâ€™s 13-14 girls cruised to a win, with runner-up Sherwood tallying 235 points. Wapakâ€™s 13-14 boys scored 354 points in their win, with Westside scoring 265 for second place.
For combined team scores, Westside notched 2,795 points, with Wapakoneta finishing at 2,584. Shawnee CC Tide won the points per swimmer award, totaling 29.55. After the first day of competition Friday, Westside held a 125.5 lead over Wapak.
In the boys 8-and-under age group, Wapakâ€™s Alex Honigford won the 25-meter butterfly, while teammate Owen Becker finished fourth. Honigford also won the 25 breaststroke, with Schneider placing sixth.
Becker won the 25 backstroke, while Kramer finished third, Honigford fourth and Schneider sixth.
Wapakâ€™s quartet of Honigford, Becker, Schneider and Kramer occupied spots two through five, respectively, in the 50-meter freestyle.
Kramer, Joe Lynch, Zach Allen and Cody Miller won the 100-meter freestyle relay.
In the girls 13-14 age group, Wapak took half of the spots on the medals stand, as Jordyn Law won the 50 backstroke, Mya Hager was runner-up while Kierstyn Neumeier placed sixth.
In the 50 breaststroke, Hager was runner-up, while Slechter took fourth and Braun fifth.
Law, Amanda Slechter and Brianna Braun held spots three through five in the 100 free.
Emily Good, Maddie Bayne, Monica Metzger and Kalia Schlenker took third for Wapak in the 200 free relay.
In the boys 13-14 age group, Michael Johnston was runner-up, Ryan Schneider placed third and Kurt Schlenker earned sixth in the 50 backstroke for Wapak. Johnson, Schneider, Caleb Schlenker and Joey Metzger finished in spots three through six in the 100 free.
Kurt Schlenker, Caleb Schlenker, Nolan Benny and Harmon Gossard took third in the 200 free relay.
Wapak narrowly missed out on an 8-and-under girls title, edged by Westside, 214.5-211.
The Waves, consisting of Annika Miller, Heidi Schlenker, Kya Sutton and Taylor Ott, were second in the 100 medley relay.
Caitlyn Rostorfer was runner-up in the 50 free. She finished third in the 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke and 25 breaststroke.
Ott, Miller, Mackenzi Holtzapple and Sutton took third in the 100 free relay.
With 292.5 points, Wapakâ€™s 15-18 boys were second to winner Adaâ€™s 344.
Nate Hager took fourth and Charlie Sutton fifth in the 50 backstroke for the Waves. Hager was sixth in the 100 free. Ryan Greve managed fourth in the 50 breaststroke.
Kaleb Miller, Greve, Hager and Brandon Christler combined to finish second in the 200 free relay.
Wapakâ€™s 15-18 girls were a distant second at 259.5 points to Westsideâ€™s winning score of 478.5.
Taylor Law finished third and Haley Kinstle was fifth in the 50 backstroke for Wapak.
Josie Miller took third, while Law placed sixth in the 100 free. Miller also finished fifth in the 50 breaststroke.
With 227 points, Wapakâ€™s 9-10 boys were runner-up to Westsideâ€™s 333.
Nate Metzger took second in the 50 backstroke for Wapak, while teammate Gavin Sutton was fifth. Metzger also finished second in the 100 free.
Wapakâ€™s Grant Honigford placed fourth in the 50 breaststroke.
Honigford, Shawn Zink, Korbin Steinbrunner and Bill Craft finished fourth in the 200 free relay.
Wapak took fifth in the 11-12 boys age group with 121 points.
In the 100 free, Wapakâ€™s Nathaniel Miller placed third.
Tying for fifth out of eight teams, Wapakâ€™s 11-12 girls managed 146 points.
Wapakâ€™s Danielle Slechter finished third in the 100 free and was fifth in the 50 backstroke.
Wapak finished fifth out of seven in the 9-10 girls age group, scoring 193 points.
Makenna Krouse was fifth in both the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke for Wapak.
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1. Westside Wave 2,795; 2. Wapakoneta Waves 2,584; 3. Ada Alligators 1,758; 4. Shawnee CC Tide 1,389; 5. Sherwood Sharks 1,380.5; 6. Van Wert Marlins 1,113.5; 7. Bluffton Sardines, 1,054; 8. Kenton Stingrays 505.