Bulldog Sports Round-up — Jan. 28, 2016
- Published: January 28, 2016
Eighteen swimmers recently represented Yellow Springs High School at the Kenton Ridge Invitational, held Jan. 23 in the cutthroat waters of Wright State Natatorium’s 25-yard pool. This year 17 total schools vied for top honors in 22 swimming events. YSHS swimmers not only did tremendous justice to the Bulldog banner, but left with feelings of personal glory as well, as the swimmers set no less than 27 personal records.
Thirty of the team’s 56 points came from five relay finishes. Ty Arnold, Trystan Burch, William Gregor and Aman Ngqakayi finished fourth in the boys 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:49.06, which was also their best time of the season. Assistant Coach Brad Martin noted that the race was the “first time this year each of the boys broke 30 seconds.” In the boys 200 medley relay, Burch, Ngqakayi, Gregor and David Walker garnered a fifth place in 2:01.97, which was also their best time of season.
In the girls 400 freestyle relay, Aza Hurwitz, Charlotte Walkey, Hannah Morrison and Sara Zendlovitz had a fifth-place finish of 4:53.27. Hurwitz, Zendlovitz, Jude Meekin and Jorie Sieck took eighth place in the 200 medley relay, finishing in 2:32.73. Finally, the girls 200 freestyle relay had Sieck, Olivia Britlinger-Conn, Madison Keller and Eden Spriggs finishing in eighth place, with a time of 2:07.68.
Individual efforts resulted in an additional 16 meet points. Leading the charge and setting a meet record was Team Captain Ngqakayi, who scored nine points with his first-place finish in the 200 freestyle (FS) in a blazing 1:50.87. He also scored second place and set a personal record with a time of 1:02:93 in the 100 breaststroke. Walker finished 4th in the 100 butterfly, in 1:17.54 and had a personal record in the 50 freestyle.
Eden Spriggs’ best event was the 100 backstroke. She netted a sixth-place finish in 1:11.81, setting a personal record with a 1.5 second improvement and another personal record in the 100 fly. Trystan Burch paddled 2.8 seconds off of his 100 backstroke, and finished in eighth place in the 50 FS. 27.62 He also had a 2.8 second improvement/personal best as he had a 1:13.87 in the 100 backstroke.
Coach David Hardwick was gobsmacked and made proud by the team’s tremendous effort. Likewise, Assistant Coach Franklin Halley said he is really impressed with the “growth and improvement” in all of the swimmers this season, as numerous swimmers set personal bests at the meet. Brintlinger-Conn knocked 3.5 seconds off of her 100 breaststroke time. Team Captain Walkey was the top finisher in the girls 50 FS, with a 29.71 second personal record and a personal best in the 100 breaststroke. Ellery Bledsoe cut 2.15 seconds off of her 50 FS seed time. Her greatest achievement of the day was cutting almost 5 seconds and setting a personal record in the 100 breaststroke. Elle Peifer set a 32.61 personal record in the 50 FS. Amelia Gray’s had personal bests in the 50 and 100 FS, while Nia Stewart had a 1:09.95 personal best in the 100 FS. Hannah Morrison had two personal records, with 1:14.97 in the 100 FS and a 1:30.01 time in the 100 back. Harper Mesure cut five seconds on his 100 FS, with a 1:27.03 personal best. Madison Kellar had a personal best in the 500 FS, swimming almost a third of a mile in 7:39.38.
The Yellow Springs boys basketball team walked away from Xenia Christian’s court with a certain amount of panache and confidence. They won their Jan. 22 game with a cool nine-point margin, 71–62, despite a rocky third quarter in which Xenia scored almost three times as many points.
On Jan. 23, perhaps tired from the game the night before, the Bulldogs were not quite as successful in their game against the Triad High School Cardinals, though they lost by only the third-closest margin possible in basketball. The final score was 57-54. The boys have an overall record of 12–5, with a conference record of 8–0.
The Lady Bulldogs have only played one game in the interim, playing the Xenia Christian Ambassadors on Jan. 21 on their opponent’s turf. Junior Elizabeth Smith scored 22 points and Amani Wagner netted eight, but the combined Bulldog effort was not enough to depose the Ambassadors. The final score was a close 46–39.