By Skip Weaver
OXFORD —- Versailles swimmer Cole Condon qualified for four events in the D-II state swimming meet this week at the Canton Natatorium.
Condon has the eighth fastest time in the 50 freestyle and ninth fastest time in the 100 butterfly.
“Last year was my first time at state and I psyched myself out too much,” Condon said. “It was such a dream already in getting there and I was so nervous the entire race. I ended up doing OK, but this year I will have my nerves calmed down and be ready to go.”
Versailles coach Mark Travis praised Condon.
“Cole (Condon) was very prepared today to put out the times that he did,” Versailles swim coach Mark Travis said. “He is very happy and we are very proud of him. Experience is going to be key for him going into his second year at state. It is going to give him the confidence to be able to do what he knows is able to do.”
He also teamed with Ryan Subler Jack Detrick and Stuart Baltes for the 19th fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay and Subler, Owent Schultz and Baltes for the 24th fastest time in the 200 medley relay.
“Today, Versailles showed up,” Travis said. “We had PRs across the board and we had some young swimmers here today and got them on this stage so we look forward to that being big for us next year. We swam really well today and they all worked very hard for it and they are seeing the return on their investment. We are very proud of the boys and excited for next week.”
District results are as follows
Piqua’s Colleen Cox finished 31st in the 50 freestyle, 25.66; while Reece Tate finished 24th in the diving competition with 123.70 points.
Condon led the Versailles boys, winning the 50 freestyle, 21,78 and finishing fourth in the 100 butterfly, 51.49.
“It’s always been my dream since I was a young kid swimming and last year I got second on the podium (at districts) to someone really fast,” Condon said about winning the 50 freestyle. “This year I really wanted to step up my game and bring it home. It is a dream come true.”
Subler finished 11th in the 100 backstroke, 57.50; while Detrick was 14th in the 50 freestyle, 23.30; and 21st in the 100 freestyle, 53.19.
Evan VanSkyock was 33rd in the 200 IM, 2:28.32.
The 200 freestyle relay (Subler, Detrick, Stuart Baltes, Condon) was fourth, 1:31.26; the 200 medley relay (Subler, Schultz, Baltes, Condon) was seventh, 1:42.92; and the 400 freestyle (VanSkyock, Detrick, Jarrett Petitjean, Baltes) was 13th, 3:39.80.
The Versailles girls had five individuals and three relay teams compete at sectionals
Alexis Jay was 27th in the 100 butterfly, 1:07.58; and Deanna Day was 28th in the 200 freestyle, 2:15.58.
In the 100 breaststroke, Hannah Bey was 26th, 1:16.32; Lucy Prakel was the 28th, 1:17.29; and Lauren Menke was 30th, 1:18.99.
The 400 freestyle relay (Madelyn Holzapfel, Sara Cavin, Jay, Tori Ahrens) was 16th, 4:05.89; the 200 freestyle (Holzapfel, Cavin, Jay, Ahrens) was 22nd, 1:50.21; and the 200 medley relay (Holzapfel, Menke, Jay, Ahrens) was 23rd, 2:03.82.