Linsly Boys And Girls Swim to Win

Lei, Buff secure two individual titles for Cadets

Photo by Kyle Lutz Linsly’s Eve Ridenhour swims her way to a victory in the 100 butterfly during Tuesday’s meet.

WHEELING — Two Linsly girls swam their way to victory in multiple individual events while the boys team also impressed as Bill Brubaker’s squads secured victories Tuesday night against Brooke, Bridgeport and St. John.

The Cadet girls came away with a first place finish in eight out of 11 events.

“It was a good meet,” îBrubaker said. “We had some very good swims. Some new swimmers are coming along, but we still have a long way to go until Jan. 19 (OVAC Championship).î”

Eve Lei secured victories in the 200 IM (2:38.86) and 100 backstroke (1:08.42) while Brynleigh Buff touched the wall first in the 500 freestyle (27.28) and 100 freestyle (1:01.55).

The duo was also on two winning relay teams. The 200 medley relay team Lei, Buff, Kylie Pell and Eve Ridenhour kicked off the meet with an impressive victory as they clocked in at 2:09.56.

Ridenhour and Buff were also on the 200 freestyle relay with Alex Behm and B.J. Oke as they won the event by about 11 seconds securing a time of 1:57.20.

Ridenhour swam to gold in the 100 butterfly (1:12.98) for the Cadets while Pell won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:27.62.

Veronica Mann led the way for Brooke as she claimed two individual victories and also was on the winning 400 freestyle relay team. Mann secured a win in the 200 freestyle as she clocked in at 2:10.42. She also won the 500 freestyle in 5:44.81 beating her opponents by about 26 seconds.

As the anchor of the 400 freestyle relay, Mann, Emily Donley, Mary Ossman and Shelby Ferrell timed in at 4:24.07.

“I think our kids swam really well. There was a lot of good competition and there were a lot of good races,î” Brooke coach Kelsie Smith said.

On the boys side, the Bruins has a solid outing as they won six events with John Francis and Ethan Robey winning multiple events.

Francis claimed the 200 IM in a times of 2:25.82 and the 100 butterfly in 1:07.23. Robey swam to victory in the 500 freestyle (5:32.30) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.80).

“They’re pretty strong along with Anthony Taylor who is a junior. I’ve got few boys, but the ones that I have are pretty strong,” Smith said.

Taylor won the 100 freestyle in a time of 57.40 while Brandyn Rouse claimed the 100 backstroke.

The Linsly boys swept the relay events. The 200 medley relay team of Peter Kang, Luke Zwicker, William Yuan and Bernie Suchoza edged it out to win by just over a second in a time of 1:59.27.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Kang, Yuan, Luke Zwicker and Justin Weiser-Jokovich had little trouble in their event as they touched the wall in a time of 1:32.40.

In the final event of the evening, Skylar Camps, Nick Claus, Weiser-Jokovich and Juan Abad Tello secured a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:57.83).

ìThe swimmers who have been swimming are swimming tired and are relatively close to their best times,” Brubaker said on what he took from Tuesday’s meet. “More importantly, the new swimmers are continually to improve. There have been some great drops. Nick Claus in the 50. The benchmark is breaking 30 (seconds). Well he broke that (Tuesday) and also broke 29 and went 28. We look for those things where weíre moving some people around and trying some different events to see where we can fill in places to provide depth for dual meets and where we can get score points at OVACs.î

Suchoza won the 200 freestyle for the Cadets in a time of 2:16.45 while Yuan swam to gold in the 50 freestyle (24.67).