Hellwarth, Harris lead Quakers at OAC Championship
Day two produces All-OAC honor, team record
February 17, 2012
Corbin Hellwarth powered his way to a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke at the OAC Championship.
AKRON — Corbin Hellwarth powered his way to the all-conference podium and Mason Harris put his name in the record book in day two of the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium Friday.
The Quakers are in fifth place with 201 points heading into Saturday’s closing action. Ohio Northern leads the six-team event with 684 points.
Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke. His 59:60 was his first career sub-60 100 breast and earned the sophomore his first trip to the OAC awards podium. Hellwarth was sixth in the event at the 2011 OAC Championship.
“That 1-minute barrier in the 100 breaststroke is huge to swimmers; it’s a much higher hurdle than most people think it is,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “It’s a testament to Corbin’s work ethic and all the things that he does. He put one all together tonight, for sure. To be third-place All-OAC was absolutely awesome.”
Harris (Westerville/Westerville Central) broke the team 200 freestyle record with a 1:48.09 performance that earned the freshman second place in the consolation final.
“Mason swam nervous both mornings. He over-swam the first part of his 200 this morning, but we got him calmed down. Tonight, he did what he was supposed to do and broke the school record. He is very quickly learning about technique and putting that knowledge to use. He is going to have a very good collegiate career,” Breen said.
Josh Shell (Lancaster) qualified for his first OAC final and earned a seventh-place finish in the 400 individual medley.
“Josh not only made his first final, but he also came back tonight and dropped a considerable amount of time,” Breen said. “He had a great swim. He put it all together.”
Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East) finished eighth in the 100 backstroke, touching in 56:54.
“Casey is finishing races really well. He was right there at the 75-yard mark, but he probably had to over-swim to put himself in that position. He is also swimming well on our relays,” Breen said.
Cody Skinner (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was third in the 100 breaststroke consolation final.
Galen Carrington (Lawrenceburg, Ind./East Central) touched fifth in the 100 butterfly consolation final.
Dave Heidrich (Xenia/Beavercreek) finished fifth in the 100 backstroke consolation final.