Quakers make waves at OAC Championship
Creech hits podium; Burcham breaks record
February 17, 2012
Victoria Burcham broke the Wilmington College 100-yard backstroke record at the OAC Championship.
AKRON — Julie Creech returned to the All-OAC podium and Victoria Burcham broke a team record as Wilmington College competed in day two of the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium Friday.
The Quakers are in fifth place with 186 points heading into Saturday’s final day of competition. Ohio Northern leads the six-team event with 572 points.
Creech (Dayton/Centerville) touched in 1:00.11 to finish third in the 100-yard butterfly and earn her team-record fifth career All-OAC honor.
“Julie just gets in the water and swims well,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “She understands the simple formula of training hard, resting and swimming fast. That was an incredible final tonight. The heat was neck-and-neck the entire 100 yards. It was an exciting race.”
Three other Quakers scored points in the 100 fly. Alana Hovey (Beavercreek) finished third in the consolation final while teammates Katie Mozingo (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Shelby Zornes (Milan, Ind.) were fifth and sixth, respectively.
“Katie, Alana and Shelby all had nice swims to get back into the finals. They were faster or as fast as they were in the prelims this morning, which is harder to do than it sounds. We had a lot of kids to do that tonight,” Breen said.
Burcham (Urbana) was third in the 100 backstroke consolation final, touching in team-record time of 1:02.30. The performance capped a day that included more than its share of adversity for the sophomore.
“Victoria was set up this morning to have a great swim in the prelims, but she crashed into the wall on her first turn and came to a dead stop. To be able to come back from that and have the absolute race of her life tonight was really special,” Breen said.
Addie Roberts (Franklin) continued to shine with a 2:04.38 third-place finish in the 200 freestyle consolation final.
“Addie keeps learning and applying it right away. She just keeps getting faster,” Breen said.
Liz Miller (Lebanon), Rebecca Scherer (Circleville) and Hannah Anderson (West Chester/Lakota West) touched sixth, seventh and eight in the 200 free consolation final.
Caroline Kruczynski (Grove City/Central Crossing) and Rachel Weitzel (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 backstroke consolation final.
Jenny Geers (Pickerington/Pickerington North) finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke consolation final.
“We had nice swims from seniors Hannah Anderson and Rachel Weitzel. Hannah dropped 7 seconds in the 200 freestyle and put herself in position to be on the 800 freestyle relay for the first time. Rachel went 1:03 in the 100 backstroke, which was huge for her,” Breen said.