Bucs, Rams, LCA enjoy Xenia Sprint meet


Host Xenia claims 13 wins in first-ever event

By John Bombatch - jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com



Xenia’s Grace Smith turned in the fastest time in the girls 100-yard freestyle, at the inaugural Xenia Sprint high school swim meet, Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA.

Xenia’s Grace Smith turned in the fastest time in the girls 100-yard freestyle, at the inaugural Xenia Sprint high school swim meet, Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA.


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Competitors from Greeneview, Legacy Christian and Xenia high schools get off to the start in the very first race, Jan. 8 at the inaugural Xenia Sprint Meet swimming event, held at the Xenia YMCA.


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Legacy Christian’s Aden Wilgus won the boys 100-yard Individual Medlay event, Jan. 9 at the Xenia Sprint Meet, held at the Xenia YMCA.


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Xenia’s Colin Pham wins the 100-yard butterfly event at the inugural Xenia Sprint Meet swimming event, held Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA.


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Greeneview’s Emma Snyder leads (bottom to top) Xenia’s Darby Nolen and Greeneview swimmers Lizzy McDonald and Ella Houser in the final heat of the girls 100-yard backstroke event, Jan. 9, at the Xenia YMCA. Snyder won the event.


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Greeneview senior Cameron Bolen claimed first place in the boys 100-yard freestyle event, Jan. 9, at the inaugural Xenia Sprint high school swim meet, at the Xenia YMCA.


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Xenia’s Anna Carlson won the girls 50-yard breaststroke event, Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA.


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XENIA — The inaugural Xenia Sprint high school swimming meet ran smoothly, and it was befitting that the host Xenia Buccaneers would claim the most wins overall, Jan. 9 at the brand-new Xenia YMCA pool.

Unofficially, Xenia claimed seven wins for the girls team, and six more for the boys, for 13 overall. Legacy Christian won four boys events and two girls to finish with six wins, while Greeneview claimed three titles.

Coaches Karen Nolen and Kylie Saner double as coaches for the Xenia and Greeneview teams. Nolen was impressed with how well the first meet was run.

“This was exciting, and I think it went very well,” Nolen said. “We’re glad to have a local facility that supports the teams, and it’s a very nice facility at that. … We didn’t know what to expect, being that it was the first event we’ve ever run. But we worked out a few kinks in the beginning, and it went very quickly.

“I think we’re going to make it an even bigger meet next year, and invite some more teams. We’re ready.”

The girls 200-yard Medley Relay team of Emma Cole, Grace Smith, Isabel Wickline and Anna Carlson won the meet’s first event.

Other girls event winners were: Greeneview’s Emma Snyder in the 100 backstroke; Legacy’s Hadleigh Burdette in the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke; Xenia’s Smith in the 100 breaststroke and the 100 freestyle; Xenia’s Carlson in the 50 freestyle and 50 breaststroke; Greeneview’s Kalyn Biggs in the 100 Individual Medley; Xenia’s Isabel Wickline in the 100 fly; and the Xenia 200 freestyle relay team of Smith, Hazel Dye, Cole and Carlson.

On the boys side, Legacy’s foursome of Preston Troyer, Aden Wilgus, Ian Ackenhausen and Nathan Fear won the boys 200 medley relay. Xenia’s Colin Pham won the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly; the Rams’ Wilgus won the 50 butterfly and the 100 individual medley; Xenia’s Will Miller won the 100 breaststroke; Grant Smith of Xenia won the 50 freestyle and the 50 breaststroke; Greeneview’s Cameron Bolen won the 100 freestyle; LCA’s Troyer won the 50 backstroke; and the Xenia relay team of Grant, Eli Caldwell, Miller and Pham closed the night with a win in the 200 freestyle relay.

“We have a very diverse bunch of swimmers on both the Xenia and Greeneview teams, and it is nice to see the swimmers on both teams support each other. We’re both growing as the season progresses,” Nolen said.

The coaches looked on as the senior swimmers enjoyed a special post-race swim, where they could be as silly as they wanted to be while doing untimed laps in the Xenia YMCA pool.

Nolen said her Rams and Buccaneers teams will be gearing up for the annual Southwest Classic swim meet, a monstrous event that involves most all of the high schools in southwest Ohio. Teams will compete at Miami University, St. Xavier, Trotwood, the Dayton Raiders Aquatic Center in Beavercreek, and several other locations Jan. 18-19.

Xenia’s Grace Smith turned in the fastest time in the girls 100-yard freestyle, at the inaugural Xenia Sprint high school swim meet, Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2020/01/web1_GraceSmithX100Free_PS.jpgXenia’s Grace Smith turned in the fastest time in the girls 100-yard freestyle, at the inaugural Xenia Sprint high school swim meet, Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Competitors from Greeneview, Legacy Christian and Xenia high schools get off to the start in the very first race, Jan. 8 at the inaugural Xenia Sprint Meet swimming event, held at the Xenia YMCA.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2020/01/web1_FirstRace_PS.jpgCompetitors from Greeneview, Legacy Christian and Xenia high schools get off to the start in the very first race, Jan. 8 at the inaugural Xenia Sprint Meet swimming event, held at the Xenia YMCA. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Legacy Christian’s Aden Wilgus won the boys 100-yard Individual Medlay event, Jan. 9 at the Xenia Sprint Meet, held at the Xenia YMCA.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2020/01/web1_AdenWilgus100IM_PS.jpgLegacy Christian’s Aden Wilgus won the boys 100-yard Individual Medlay event, Jan. 9 at the Xenia Sprint Meet, held at the Xenia YMCA. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia’s Colin Pham wins the 100-yard butterfly event at the inugural Xenia Sprint Meet swimming event, held Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2020/01/web1_ColinPhamX100Fly_PS.jpgXenia’s Colin Pham wins the 100-yard butterfly event at the inugural Xenia Sprint Meet swimming event, held Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Greeneview’s Emma Snyder leads (bottom to top) Xenia’s Darby Nolen and Greeneview swimmers Lizzy McDonald and Ella Houser in the final heat of the girls 100-yard backstroke event, Jan. 9, at the Xenia YMCA. Snyder won the event.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2020/01/web1_EmmaSnyder100Back_PS.jpgGreeneview’s Emma Snyder leads (bottom to top) Xenia’s Darby Nolen and Greeneview swimmers Lizzy McDonald and Ella Houser in the final heat of the girls 100-yard backstroke event, Jan. 9, at the Xenia YMCA. Snyder won the event. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Greeneview senior Cameron Bolen claimed first place in the boys 100-yard freestyle event, Jan. 9, at the inaugural Xenia Sprint high school swim meet, at the Xenia YMCA.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2020/01/web1_CamersonBolenGV1-Free_PS.jpgGreeneview senior Cameron Bolen claimed first place in the boys 100-yard freestyle event, Jan. 9, at the inaugural Xenia Sprint high school swim meet, at the Xenia YMCA. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia’s Anna Carlson won the girls 50-yard breaststroke event, Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2020/01/web1_AnnaCarlsonX50Breast_PS.jpgXenia’s Anna Carlson won the girls 50-yard breaststroke event, Jan. 9 at the Xenia YMCA. John Bombatch | Greene County News
Host Xenia claims 13 wins in first-ever event

By John Bombatch

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Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123

Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123