Liam Roney set a school record and Madison’s swim teams dominated the competition to win their own January Invitational Saturday at home on Senior Day.
The Cubs scored 609.5 points combined to easily outdistance runner-up Oldenburg’s 413.5 points in the annual event. South Ripley was third with 326 and Switzerland County was fourth with 210.
By team, Madison’s boys scored 342.5 points, Oldenburg was second with 173.5, South Ripley was third with 116 and Switzerland was fourth with 72. The Madison girls had 267 points, Oldenburg scored 240, South Ripley 210 and Switzerland 138.
“We continue to see hard work pay off for the kids. This is the stretch of the season where you see who has the grit and determination to push through the aches, pains, mental blocks, and frustrations to trust the process to work as we have planned,” Madison coach Ashley Schutte said. “It is so encouraging to see them enjoying their time together, pushing one another, and encouraging each other to be the very best they can be for themselves and our team.”
Roney’s record came in the 200-yard freestyle, a mark that had stood since 1986. Roney won the race in 1:53.38, one of nine wins the Cubs had on the day.
Other wins for the Madison boys were: Justin Banks, 200 IM, 2:08.31 and 100 breast, 1:08.14; Trenton Schmidt, 100 fly, 1:00.77; Leighton Wielgoszinski, 500 free, 5:17.11 (personal best); Carter Schutte, 100 back, 58.96; Schutte, Banks, Roney and Jack Kelsey, 200 medley relay, 1:47.12 (best time); Roney, Schutte, Gavin McMahon and Banks, 200 free relay, 1:36.90; and Schmidt, Wielgoszinski, Kelsey and Schutte, 400 free relay, 3:53.15.
Madison’s girls claimed eight wins on the day. Winners were: Emily Nay, 100 fly, 1:07.74; 100 back, 1:12.00; Katie Royce, 200 free, 2:21.85 and 500 free, 6:24.90; Callie Anderson, 200 IM, 2:50.93; Andie Royce-Miller, Anderson, Nay and Trinity Stoner, 200 medley relay, 2:16.05; Nay, Brett Cahall, Royce and Stoner, 200 free relay, 1:59.62; and Anderson, Cahall, Alyssa Storm and Royce, 400 free relay, 4:44.17.
Other top finishes for Madison’s boys were: Wielgoszinski, second, 200 free, 1:56.41 (personal best); Roney, second, 100 fly, 1:01.59; McMahon, second, 100 free, 54.66 (personal best) and second, 100 breast, 1:17.04; Alex Wang, second, 100 back, 1:21.80 (personal best); Kelsey, third, 50 free, 25.14 and third, 100 free, 57.80; and Preston Kuppler, third, 500 free, 6:11.80.
Other top finishes for the Madison girls were: Anderson, second, 100 breast, 1:29.21; and Stoner, third, 50 free, 28.99 and third, 100 free, 1:04.10.
Switzerland County’s Nathan Furnish and Alisha Detmer each picked up wins for the Pacers.
Furnish won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.21 and the 100 freestyle in 53.78. Detmer won the girls 50 freestyle in 28.39.
Other top finishes for the Switzerland boys were: Adrian Armstrong, second, 200 IM, 2:13.59 and second, 500 free, 5:33.13; Evan Bosaw, sixth, 100 free, 1:18.59 and eighth, 50 free, 33.79.
Other top finished for the Switzerland girls were: Detmer, second, 100 free, 1:04.06; Kaelin Taylor, second, 200 free, 2:26.31 and fifth, 100 free, 1:06.92; Detmer, Carly Bennett, Taylor and Ava Cole, second, 400 free relay, 4:46.17 and fourth, 200 free relay, 2:03.80; Cole, third, 200 free, 2:30.39 and fourth, 100 free, 1:06.55; and Bennett, seventh, 100 back, 1:43.08 and ninth, 50 free, 35.87.
Madison returns to action today when it travels to Columbus East and the Madison girls compete in the Hoosier Hills Conference championships at Floyd Central on Saturday.
Switzerland County competes in the Ohio River Valley Conference championships at Southwestern on Saturday.