MOUNT VERNON — The host Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets swim team needed some strong performances and plenty of teamwork to keep their season going. On Saturday, that’s just what they got. The Jackets were led by senior Maggie Williams and all three girls relay teams at the OHSAA Division I sectional meet at the jam-packed Kenyon Athletic Center. When the Jackets were done, they had posted 29 new PRs.
Williams, a senior, will go to next week’s district finals, as an individual, after placing ninth (2:02.71) in the girls 200-yard freestyle. She was also 12th (5:36.00) in the girls 500 freestyle. As she moves on to districts, she knows what to expect.
“This will be my third year swimming individuals at districts, so I am kind of used to the atmosphere and the fast swimming,” said Williams. “It’s been the fastest meet I’ve ever competed in, so it is exciting to see all the fast swimmers around me. Watching might fuel me to go even faster than I did (Saturday).”
Williams added to her individual performance by teaming with Bre McClusky, Claire Duffy and Skylar Hill to place sixth (1:44.32) in the girls 200 freestyle relay.
“We’re really proud of how far the team has come this year and we can’t wait to see how much further they can go,” said Mount Vernon coach Samantha Williams. “I think the relays have a very special dynamic between them. (Next week) will be a really fun experience for all of them.”
Hill, Duffy and McCluskey teamed with Liz Cline to place seventh in the girls 400 freestyle relay, posting a time of 3:53.27.
Along with her relay performances, Hill swam to an individual 10th place (1:03.19) in the girls 100 butterfly, nearly capturing an individual district berth.
Mount Vernon’s Sandi Brenneman and Anna Rhodeback teamed up with Cline and McClusky to finish 10th (2:04.18) in the girls 200 medley relay.
The Jackets’ girls finished the day in ninth place as a team with 85 total points. That was well off the pace set by Dublin Jerome High School, which placed first in team points with 398.
Mount Vernon placed 12th in the boys category, with 22 points. The boys from Dublin Jerome placed first with a team total of 420.5 points.
“We had three returners to the boys team, this year. The other four were completely new to the sport,” said Coach Williams. “They did outstanding in their very first sectional meet. It’s going to be a great next couple of years with them.”
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