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Wilmington headed to OAC Championships

Conference meet starts Feb. 17

February 11, 2011

Freshmen Victoria Burcham (at left) and Corbin Hellwarth will lead Wilmington into action at the 2011 OAC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Freshmen Victoria Burcham (at left) and Corbin Hellwarth will lead Wilmington into action at the 2011 OAC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Wilmington College will conclude its season at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 17-19 at University of Akron.

“I’m excited about it. Resting right now is a little bit of a mental challenge. Everybody wants to be swimming fast all the time, so it’s a bit of a process. I think we are right where we should be right now,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said.

For the WC women, sophomore Julie Creech (Dayton/Centerville) will be defending her 100- and 200-yard butterfly titles.

“Julie has a lot of competition,” Breen said. “She has been swimming very well this year. I hope for her like I hope for all the kids — to have a good time. If you are open to letting it happen and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, then the results are going to be there.”

Other Quakers poised to make a push at the conference meet are freshman backstroke specialist Victoria Burcham (Urbana) and sophomore Kristen Deutsch (Beavercreek), who will see lots of water time in various events.

“Victoria has had a good season in the backstroke and Kristen has really been coming on. She had a little bit of a slow start, but she is now swimming faster than she ever has in-season,” Breen said.

The Quakers will put a young and athletic men's team in the water. Freshmen Corbin Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) and Alex Fout (Westerville).

“We have some great athletes. They just need to make sure they don’t put too much pressure on themselves,” Breen said. “Corbin is seeded seventh in the 100 breaststroke, but I am going to be surprised if he finishes there. I think he is going to bust a good one. He has done the work in the weight room and in the pool. Alex is a good sprinter, but there are is a bunch of guys that are really fast. More than any area, men’s sprinting has continued to improve from top to bottom in the OAC. Alex is good enough to be in great shape; he just has to be ready to go.”