Quakers open with loss at BW
Harris has solid collegiate opener
October 29, 2011
— MASON HARRIS —
BEREA — Wilmington College opened the men’s swimming season with a 138-87 loss at Baldwin-Wallace Saturday night.
“We swam pretty well, but made a few simple mistakes that hurt us,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “Those mistakes are typical for this time of year. We had some people have really good meets.”
Freshman Mason Harris (Westerville/Westerville Central) broke into the collegiate swimming scene with wins in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races.
“Mason had some great swims,” Breen said. “He is 7 seconds faster than he was a year ago as a high school swimmer in the 200. And then he comes back and wins the 500.”
Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East) touched first in the 100 backstroke, and Corbin Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) won the 100 breaststroke.
“We have some very talented sophomores,” Breen said. “They are young, and I don’t think about that sometimes. We are still making some mistakes that can be corrected, but because they are young and still swimming with a lot of nerves, we’re just not getting that done. That’s what practice is for, and we will focus in on some of those things in practice next week."
Wilmington closed the meet with an impressive win in the 200 freestyle relay, as Matt Bates (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian), Harris, Dave Heidrich (Xenia/Beavercreek) and Alex Fout (Westerville) won by nearly 4 seconds.
“That was a really nice swim,” Breen said. “That is a relay that has a lot of potential.”
The Quakers and Polar Bears will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the WC Natatorium.