GAMBIER — Mount Vernon senior swimmer Aidan Clarkson is capping his final season for the Yellow Jackets as the team’s only sectional champion. Clarkson qualified for the district meet by winning the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2018 Division I sectional meet at the Kenyon Aquatic Center on Saturday.
Clarkson’s time of 59.77 was just five one-hundredths of a second faster than Dublin Coffman’s Brendan Oshida, but was enough to give Clarkson the only automatic district berth for Mount Vernon. Only the winner of each event received an automatic berth, and 27 others will advance based on times.
In the team standings, Mount Vernon was ninth out of 10 teams in the girls’ event with 52 points, and the Jackets boys were 10th of 11 teams with 32 points. Dublin Coffman was the girls champion with 274 points, and Dublin Jerome took the boys’ title with 270 points.
Overall, Mount Vernon swimmers qualified for districts in nine events.
Mount Vernon’s girls had two sixth-place finishes in relays. Anna Paxton, Claire Duffy, Skylar Hill and Maggie Williams tied for sixth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:56.62; and the same foursome but in different order posted a 3:52.91 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Both times were good enough to qualify for districts.
Hill and Williams were the only top-10 individuals for the Jacket girls, taking ninth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.66) and 500-yard freestyle (5:31.00), respectively. Williams’ time was good enough for a district slot. Sandi Brenneman, Ellie Broeren, Valerie Stichert and Kendra Spitzer teamed up for ninth in the 200 freestyle relay, putting them through to districts as well.
The only other boys’ competitors to reach the top 10 were the 200 freestyle relay team of Clarkson, Sulekh Fernando-Peiris, Seth Lawhon and Marshall Smith. The group earned ninth place in 1:37.87 and a berth at districts.
Although Mount Vernon finished last in the boys 200 medley relay, the team of Clarkson, Lawhon, Smith and Fernando-Peiris earned a district berth by means of its time (1:51.67). The girls team, which tied for sixth, also moved on to districts.
The Division I Central District meet will take place at Ohio University in Athens on Friday and Saturday.