Van Wert’s Andi Foster competes in the 200-yard IM at the Western Buckeye League championships in Defiance on Wednesday. Foster placed ninth in the event. (Times Bulletin/Charlie Warnimont)
By John Parent
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
DEFIANCE — The 2014 Western Buckeye League swimming and diving championships were held at Defiance YMCA on Wednesday and the Van Wert boys placed fifth in a typically strong WBL field. The Lady Cougars finished ninth. Ottawa-Glandorf claimed the girls league title while Celina won the boys championship.
Van Wert senior Eric Easley captured the 200-yard IM for the second straight year, doing so with a time of 2:06.01. Easley had set the meet record in 2013 with a 2:05.35 mark.
Easley also claimed victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning with a time of 1:03.49, which was three-and-a-half seconds faster than his runner-up.
It wasn’t all good news for Easley, however. In the 200-yard medley relay race, Van Wert’s team was disqualified when Easley took off too soon.
Van Wert girls results
200-yard medley relay- 8th (2:12.31) Hannah Stemen, Bethany Fast, Karlyn Koontz, Holly Hammond; 200-yard freestyle- 8th (2:15.55) Hannah Stemen, 15th (2:24.39) Katie Trittschuh, 21st (2:34.92) Haley Richardson, 30th (2:56.59) Meagan Jacobs; 200-yard IM- 9th (2:38.35) Andi Foster, 13th (2:40.37) Karlyn Koontz, 19th (3:10.11) Madsion Pauquette, 20th (3:18.35) Skylar Lehman; 50-yard freestyle- 15th (29.49) Bethany Fast, 16th (29.80) Holly Hammond, 17th (30.13) Peyton Fleming, 23rd (30.77) Mackenzie Agler; 100-yard butterfly- 12th (1:16.05) Karlyn Koontz, 20th (1:38.74) Skylar Lehman; 100-yard freestyle- 18th (1:06.01) Landrie Koontz, 19th (1:06.98) Holly Hammond, 21st (1:08.36) Mackenzie Agler, 23rd (1:10.01) LeAndryce Miller; 500-yard freestyle- 8th (6:18.08) Andi Foster, 15th (7:04.61) Haley Richardson, 18th (7:10.41) Cholee Gamble, 21st (7:56.47) Olivia Mengerink; 200-yard freestyle relay- 7th (1:57.71) Hannah Stemen, Landrie Koontz, Andi Foster, Holly Hammond; 100-yard backstroke- 6th (1:10.77) Hannah Stemen, 15th (1:15.06) Katie Trittschuh, 19th (1:17.80) Peyton Fleming, 25th (1:19.84) LeAndryce Miller; 100-yard breaststroke- 8th (1:20.93) Bethany Fast, 18th (1:30.59) Landrie Koontz, 25th (1:39.40) Madison Pauquette, 26th (1:41.36) Olivia Profit; 400-yard freestyle relay- 8th (4:27.80) Katie Trittschuh, Bethany Fast, Landrie Koontz, Andi Foster.
Van Wert boys results
200-yard medley relay- DQ; 200-yard freestyle- 6th (2:04.23) Adam Jurczyk, 17th (2:23.79) Nathan Ireland, 18th (2:23.79) Nick Gorman, 21st (2:35.92) Joe Linser; 200-yard IM- 1st (2:06.01) Eric Easley, 11th (2:29.60) Tyler Rex; 50-yard freestyle- 8th (25.49) Jacob Scheidt, 17th (27.22) Nick Gorman, 21st (27.77) Nathan Ireland, 22nd (28.00) Isaac Rager; 1-meter diving- 6th (224.80) Josh Fowler; 100-yard butterfly- 3rd (57.78) Sam Easley; 100-yard freestyle- 11th (56.15) Adam Jurczyk, 12th (58.28) Josh Overholt, 15th (58.55) Cade Fleming, 18th (58.74) Dan Silette; 500-yard freestyle- 9th (6:06.24) Jacob Scheidt, 11th (6:13.06) Kory Schlatter, 18th (7:23.18) Joe Linser; 200-yard freestyle relay- 4th (1:36.52) Sam Easley, Adam Jurczyk, Jacob Scheidt, Eric Easley; 100-yard backstroke- 3rd (59.31) Sam Easley, 7th (1:07.40) Dan Silette, 8th (1:09.07) Kory Schlatter; 100-yard breaststroke- 1st (1:03.49) Eric Easley, 13th (1:15.89) Cade Fleming, 14th (1:17.35) Josh Overholt, 15th (1:19.14) Isaac Rager; 400-yard freestyle relay- 6th (3:53.04) Tyler Rex, Cade Fleming, Dan Silette, Jacob Scheidt.