Quakers lose at Ohio Wesleyan
Hellwarth wins breaststroke thriller
December 4, 2010
Kyle Bey and the Quakers were defeated by Ohio Wesleyan.
DELAWARE — Wilmington College lost to Ohio Wesleyan, 130-73, in non-conference men’s swimming action Saturday afternoon.
“We competed well after a couple weeks off,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “They know that we’re not going to compete again for a month, so they were ready and raced pretty well today. Ohio Wesleyan was ready to swim as well. We’ve always had a great meet with them, and today everybody was amped up.”
Freshman Corbin Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) posted the most exciting win of the day, edging OWU’s Jacob Perl by .01 second in the 100-yard breaststroke.
“It seems like I say his name every meet, but Corbin just gets faster every week,” Breen said. “When you do everything right in practice; when you challenge yourself every day in practice; you get paid dividends. As a coach, it’s fun to see that happen. Corbin is a great trainer and a great racer.”
Alex Fout (Westerville) touched first in the 50 freestyle, hitting the wall in 22.72.
“Alex had a nice swim for us,” Breen said. “He still is getting stuck on his turn a little bit, but between the walls that kid is amazing. It seems like every week we’re doing things less Alex’s way and more my way, and I’m not saying that my way is always the right way. If we can find some common ground, it’s going to pay off for him big-time.”
Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East) finished second in the 100 backstroke with a performance that caught his coach’s eye.
“Casey never went better than 1:06 in the 100 backstroke in high school, but he went 58.9 today,” Breen said. “The kid’s dropped 8 seconds in the last year.”
Josh Ward (Sidney) turned in a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle.
“Everybody across the board had a good race, which is encouraging this time of the year,” Breen said. “When we’re training everybody feels different — some people are feeling better and some people are still pretty broken down. Today was an encouraging meet for us.”