Madison’s swim teams scored 18 first-place finishes for a dominating performance at the Madison January Invitational at the junior high pool on Saturday.
The Madison girls scored 370 points to easily outdistance Oldenburg (168), Switzerland County (166) and South Ripley (60) while the boys scored 395 points to beat Switzerland (230), Oldenburg (195) and South Ripley (40).
“We saw several time drops today, a few personal best times, a few new events for some swimmers, and an overall great day of swimming for all of our kids,” Madison coach Ashley Schutte said. “One of the awesome things about swimming is competing against your club swim friends while representing your respective high schools. We had current and former teammates on all of these teams today and it was great to see old friends reunite and swim for their schools.”
Mei Shibata, Emily Nay, Reilly Kuppler and Avery Johnson combined for nine of the Madison girls’ 10 wins on the day. The quartet won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:03.08 as well as the 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.11. Shibata also won the 200 individual medley in 2:23.86 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.89, Nay won the 50 freestyle in 26.99 and the 100 butterfly in 1:11.49, Kuppler won the 200 free in 2:15.13 and the 100 free in the 1:00.26, and Johnson won the 100 backstroke in 1:11.09.
Trinity Stoner, Callie Anderson, Penelope Bibbs and Emma Wynn also won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:39.32.
Carter Schutte and Leighton Wielgoszinski won four events each to lead the Madison boys. Schutte won the 100 free in 52.14 and the 100 back in 1:00.08 while Wielgoszinski won the 200 free in 1:53.26 and the 500 free in 5:08.40. The two then joined with Jack Kelsey and Charlie Furlow to win the 200 medley relay in 1:48.98 and with Furlow and Liam Roney to win the 400 free relay in 3:29.28.
Camdyn Sever won the 100 breast in 1:09.15 and Kelsey, Peyton Ford, Gavin McMahon and Liam Roney teamed up to win the 200 free relay in 1:37.09.
Other top finishes for the Madison girls were: Johnson, second, 200 IM, 2:43.81; Anderson, second, 1:20.71 and third, 200 IM, 2:52.40; Bibbs, third, 500 free, 7:05.66 and third, 100 back, 1:18.88; Wynn, third, 100 breast, 1:31.60; and Sophie Guirguis, third, 100 fly, 1:30.19.
Other top finishes for the Madison boys were: Liam Roney, second, 200 free, 1:59.46 and second, 100 fly, 58.63; Furlow, second, 200 IM, 2:18.12and third, 100 fly, 58.92; Kelsey, second, 50 free, 24.11 and second, 100 breast, 1:12.85; Sever, third, 200 IM, 2:21.34; Ford, third, 100 free, 54.40; Nick Whitaker, third, 500 free, 6:22.49; Graham Klein, third, 100 back, 1:05.28; and Kyle Roney, third, 100 breast, 1:16.27.
Adrian Armstrong won a pair of events to pace the Switzerland boys. Armstrong won the 200 IM in 2:09.99 and the 100 butterfly in 55.31. Nathan Furnish won the boys 50 free in 23.38 and Taylor Kaelin won the girls 500 free in 6:24.59.
Other top finishes for the Switzerland girls were: Alisha Detmer, second, 100 free, 1:03.55 and third, 50 free, 28.32; Brooklyn Flanders, Adair Miles, Carly Bennett and Detmer, second, 400 free relay, 5:10.61 and third, 200 free relay, 2:08.69; and Miles, third, 200 free, 2:48.59.
Other top finishes for the Switzerland boys were: Furnish, second, 100 free, 52.70; Caleb Ridener, second, 100 back, 1:04.02 and third, 200 free, 2:08.65; Armstrong, Derek Hoskins, Ridener and Furnish, second, 200 free relay, 1:39.23 and second, 400 free relay, 3:41.32; and Tirso Martinez, Hoskins, Aiden Acree and Evan Bosaw, third, 200 medley relay, 2:18.55.
Madison returns to action today when it hosts Columbus East. Switzerland’s next meet will be the Ohio River Valley Conference championships at Milan on Saturday.