Creech takes second in 100 butterfly
Sophomore earns third All-OAC honor
February 18, 2011
Julie Creech finished second in the 100-yard butterfly at the OAC Championship.
AKRON — Julie Creech’s school-record performance in the 100-yard butterfly led Wilmington College on Day 2 of the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium Friday.
With one day remaining, Wilmington is in fifth place with 42 points. Ohio Northern leads the team standings with 203 points.
“I like the way we came back and swam tonight,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “Across the board, kids came back and dropped time from their swims in this morning’s preliminaries.”
Creech (Dayton/Centerville) finished the 100 fly in 59.49 to finish second behind Ohio Northern freshman Lindsey Rayhill’s 59.90. The All-OAC honor is the third for Creech, who won OAC titles in the 100 and 200 butterfly last season.
“It was an interesting race. Julie was absolutely the last person out of the starting blocks,” Breen said. “To see her battle back was amazing. She was half a body length behind after the start, but she did an incredible job of getting back into the race.”
Creech will defend her 200 butterfly title Saturday.
Creech also was in on a record-setting relay. The sophomore teamed with Kristen Deutsch (Beavercreek), Emily Ashbacher (Defiance/Ayersville) and Amanda Biedka (Minerva) to finish the 800 freestyle relay in 8:23.81.
In the 100 backstroke consolation final, Victoria Burcham (Urbana) was second in 1:03.61 and Rachel Weitzel (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) touched fourth in 1:04.80.
“Victoria had a rough outing in the prelims this morning. She was really upset, but it was neat to watch her come back tonight and have a great swim,” Breen said. “Rachel had a great swim to get to the consolation final, and had another nice swim tonight.”
Kristen Deutsch (Beavercreek) finished second in the 200 freestyle consolation final, touching in 2:01.51.
“Kristen is one of the toughest kids we have ever had on our team,” Breen said. “She fights and fights and fights. She kind of did it the hard way tonight, but that’s the way she is. She is tough.”
Amanda Hirn (West Carrollton) was third in a highly competitive 100 breaststroke consolation final with a time of 1:12.47. The winning time was 1:12.13 and second place was 1:12.25.
“That was a lifetime best for Amanda,” Breen said. “I thought she was going to win that race. She just had a great swim.”