Celina Men WIN WBL Swimming/Diving Championship!
January 30, 2014By Daniel Otten of Celina High School
Western Buckeye League
MEN are WBL CHAMPS!
Wednesday, Jan 29, the 10 memebers of the Western Buckeye League finally got the chance to hit the pool for the concluding day of the WBL Swimming/Diving Championship Meet. The swimming finals, hosted by Defiance H S were scheduled for Saturday, Jan 25, but wintery weather prevented the meet from going as scheduled. The Divers did get their portion of the meet finished on schedule,last Thursday, Jan 23.
Celina's Men continued their rich tradition of top finishes in the meet as they claimed their EIGHTH WBL CHAMPIONSHIP. After a 5th place result last year, the young Bulldog contingent, led by a few veterans, put CHS back where it was accustomed, at or near the top of the final standings. In the 17 year history of the WBL swim/dive championship Celina now has eight Championships, eight runner-ups, and the one fifth.
Head coach Matt May's crew, led by diving coach Dave Koesters' Diving Dogs, got the Waterdogs off to a great start on Jan 23 with a 1-2 finish in the 1-meter (11-dive format) diving. Chandler Kimmel WON the event with 365.50 points. Jake Browder took 2nd with 285.25. The Men headed to the championship knowing they could challenge for the 'Team', in the competitive WBL Championship Meet. Four schools has enough to possibly take the title. It would come down to depth to decide the winner. Celina won three of the 12 events, but scored with multiple athletes in most events to garner it's 249 points. Shawnee was 23 points behind with 226, followed by Wapakoneta's 214, and Ottawa-Glandorf's 203. The 46 pont differential between the top four teams is the closed margin by far, in the 17 year history of the WBL.
Celina's swimming 'Top Dog' performances were produced by the WINNNING SWIMS of Tyus Temple and the 200 free relay. Tyus WON his specialty, the 100 fly in 53.27, easily touching first. He also placed 2nd in the 100 free (50.42). The 200 free relay consisted of Jared Fleagle, Ryan Miller, Mason Baker, and Tyus Temple. They took the top step on the podium with a time of 1:33.95. The 200 medley relay (1:46.69) of Jared Fleagle, Garrett Weininger, Tyus Temple, and Mason Baker earned second place points. Other 'All WBL' performers (top 6) for the Champion Waterdogs were Jared Fleagle who was 3rd in the 50 free (23.51), Grant Guggenbiller 4th for the 200 individual medley (2:20.62), Mason Baker 5th at 50 free (23.93), Hagan Kriegel 6th at 500 free (5:51.70), and the 4th place 400 free relay (3:41.06) of Hagan Kriegel, Garrett Weininger, Derrick Spitler, and Ryan Miller.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SWIMMIN' MEN...2014 WBL CHAMPIONS!
COMPLETE RESULTS: http://www.swimmeet.com/meets/wbl14/
Next up...at Sidney on Feb 1.