Quakers swim well as OAC meet opens
Thompson breaks WC 100 backstroke record
February 17, 2011
Cody Skinner and the Quakers hit the OAC Championship water on Thursday.
AKRON — Wilmington College turned in solid performances as the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship got under way at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium Thursday.
Wilmington is in fifth place with 16 points. Ohio Northern leads the team standings with 75 points.
“It’s a little bit of a mystery when you come to the conference championship,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “It’s an exciting part of the season, but you’re still just kind of figuring things out. We swam a little bit nervous this morning in the preliminaries, but we had some good swims tonight.”
Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East) shattered the Wilmington College 100-yard backstroke record with a 56.30 to open the 400 medley relay.
“A year ago, Casey’s best time was a 1:06. That was just an awesome swim for him,” Breen said.
Corbin Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) finished second in the 200 IM consolation final, touching in 2:04.00.
“Coming into this meet, Corbin’s best time in the 200 IM was 2:13,” Breen said. “That was a great swim. Mark Fernandez also had a great day. He was four seconds faster in the 200 IM than last year.”
Alex Fout (Westerville) won the 50 freestyle consolation final, touching in 21.71.
“Alex has a ton of potential. I think tonight, for him, was a great look at what he has to prepare for.”
Cody Skinner (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) finished sixth in the 500 freestyle consolation final.
“Cody is a breaststroker, but he certainly had a good first day today in the freestyle. I’m excited to see what he will do on Friday,” Breen said.
Wilmington will return to action Friday in the middle day of the OAC meet — a day that has traditionally been a good one for the Quakers.
“I hope that is the case again this year,” Breen said. “I think we have people in races on Friday who are capable of giving us some good swims. This is what we have been working for and pointing toward.”