Quakers hammer team 400 medley relay record at OAC meet
WC stands fourth after Day One
February 16, 2012
Mason Harris finished sixth in the 500 freestyle and was part of Wilmington's record-setting 400 medley relay.
AKRON — Wilmington College’s 400-yard medley relay team smashed the school record as the Quakers opened competition in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Thursday at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
The Quakers are in fourth place with 84 points heading into Friday’s middle day of competition. Ohio Northern leads the six-team event with 272 points.
“We swam well, although we swam like we were nervous in the prelims this morning,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “But for the kids who were fortunate enough to be able to come back and swim in the finals tonight, nerves weren’t such an issue. It’s just the process of getting rid of those first few nervous swims and then settling in.”
Nerves were long gone when the Quakers hit the water for the 400 medley to close the first day of competition. The combination of Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East), Corbin Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway), Mason Harris (Westerville/Westerville Central) and Dave Heidrich (Xenia/Beavercreek) finished fourth overall in 3:40.92 to slice more than 3.5 seconds off the previous team mark set in 2009.
“That truly was a team effort — great swims across the board from all four of those guys,” Breen said. “It was a lot of fun to watch. I knew it was possible, but these guys all had to swim well. That’s exactly what they did.”
Harris and Hellwarth also scored in individual races. In the 500 freestyle final, Harris touched seventh in 4:57.27. Hellwarth was third in the 200 individual medley consolation final, touching in 2:03.47.
“It’s a simple formula — you come to practice every day and train hard and you reap the rewards at the end of the year. It’s a long season, and Mason and Corbin started hammering away in September. This is the celebration of all that great work, these three days,” Breen said.
Cody Skinner (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored points in the 500 freestyle with a sixth-place finish in the consolation final.
The 200 freestyle relay of Thompson, Hellwarth, Galen Carrington (Lawrenceburg, Ind./East Central) and Heidrich finished fourth with a time of 1:30.97.