Last year's D2 boys champion Wapak loses their two time district champ Charlie Sutton to graduation, which will hurt them some but they will still compete. 2016 runner up Lexington only loses one of their good distance swimmers, Jack Bennett, while third place Lima Shawnee loses two of their top guys. Lexington doesn't really have any stand out swimmers but has enough depth to get points in almost every event, so I pick them to win it.
Last year's D2 girls champion Napoleon only loses one of their top swimmers to graduation with Andrea Edland, as does 2016 runner up Wauseon with Kasey Darnell. Third place Lexington loses a few of their top swimmers to graduation and will still have a solid team, just maybe not solid enough to compete for the district title. I pick Napoleon to edge out Wauseon for the championship.
Ontario was close to cracking top 10 at districts last year and I believe they can this year, but it won't be near enough to put them in the top 5, largely because they lack depth beyond their three or four top swimmers.
Post by triplex300 on Jan 14, 2017 14:42:58 GMT -5
I pick Celine to win the boys. They have 6-7 guys that crank and it should be enough to win it all. Lexington returns all but one of their state qualifiers including one of 5 freshman in the state to qualify in all four events Wilson Cannon (200 free and fly.) They have some sophomores that can also get up and go but will miss senior leader Jared Galat who tore his ACL during the football season. Look for them to push two relays to 2nd team All-Ohio. Ontario should be top 10 this year. But won't push for a trophy.
On the girls side, look for Napoleon to push for the district and don't be surprised if Lexington does also. Despite what they lost, they probably have one of the best freshman classes in the area and still have Alli McFarland (IM and breastroke.) Also don't be surprised to find them pushing all 3 relays All Ohio and possibly two of them First Team
Good luck to all Ross swimmers tomorrow at sectionals, step one to the road to state. Girls could have 4 make it (one freshman and 3 sophomores) and maybe 3 relays. Boys could have 2 make it (one freshman and 1 junior) and two relays. Good Luck Coaches
Congrats to the Celina men on their D2 district championship Friday night. The Bulldogs outdistanced second place by 50 points, finishing with 251 points. Lexington came in second with 200.5 points, followed closely by Wauseon with 193.5 points.
Also, congrats the to Lexington women on their D2 district championship Friday night. The Lady Minutemen squeezed past second place by just 6 points, finishing with 263 points. Napoleon came in second with 257 points, followed by Bryan with 218 points.
Finally, congrats and best of luck to all of the area's state qualifiers, who will compete in Canton this weekend. Area qualifiers are as follows:
-50 Free: Jack Kessler (Port Clinton), David Whitaker (Ontario)
-100 Free: Hudson McDaniel (Ashland), Jack Kessler (Port Clinton), Eli Skaggs (Galion), Makennah Fitzgerald (Fremont Ross)
-200 Free: Wilson Cannon (Lexington), Taylor Byington (Oak Harbor)
-500 Free: Charlie Clark (Perkins)
-100 Fly: Wilson Cannon (Lexington), Zach Barr (Port Clinton), Kyle Cordrey (Ontario), Dylan Weisenauer (Fremont Ross), Molly Franklin (Sandusky), Madison Linstedt (Elgin), Sage Moore (Lexington), Taylor Harris (Tiffin Calvert)