Hellwarth, medley relay team provide fireworks
Quakers set new mark at OAC Championship
February 18, 2011
Corbin Hellwarth finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke and was on the record-breaking 200 medley relay team.
AKRON — A Wilmington College record fell and Corbin Hellwarth powered to a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke during Friday’s action in the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
Heading into Saturday’s final events, Wilmington is in fifth place with 35 points. Ohio Northern leads the team standings with 220 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.”
A freshman, Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) went 1:01.93 in a race that was filled with upperclassmen. Hellwarth wasn’t the only Quaker making noise in the 100 breaststroke — Cody Skinner (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) won the consolation final with a time of 1:02.88.
“Corbin and Cody both swam lifetime bests this morning and came back with great efforts tonight,” Breen said.
The 200 medley relay team of Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East), Skinner, Hellwarth and Alex Fout (Westerville) broke the team record by nearly a half-second with a time of 1:40.59.
“That is definitely a relay team for now and the future,” Breen said. “We did things a little bit differently. Casey has been having a great meet. Cody had the swimming day of his life today, so we put him in the breaststroke and moved Corbin to the butterfly. Corbin is not a butterflyer, but he looked so good in the IM that we took a little bit of a chance. He showed up big-time and Alex came in and finished it to break a record that had been standing for quite a while.”
Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East) won the 100 backstroke consolation final in 56.50, just 0.20 second off his record time set during Thursday’s 400 medley relay.
Mark Fernandez (Milford) touched third in the 100 backstroke consolation final in 57.70.
“Mark Fernandez is having a great meet,” Breen said. “It’s good to see a guy that has worked so hard for four years get rewarded for that level of commitment.”
Josh Shell (Lancaster) went 4:45.82 to finish fifth in the consolation final of the 400 IM.
The championship will conclude Saturday.