Creech breaks WC 500 freestyle record at OAC Championship
WC fifth after Day One
February 16, 2012
Julie Creech established a new Wilmington College 500-yard freestyle record at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship.
AKRON — Julie Creech broke the Wilmington College 500-yard freestyle record as the Quakers opened competition in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Thursday at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
The Quakers are in fifth place with 74 points heading into Friday’s middle day of competition. Mount Union leads the six-team event with 234 points.
“We swam well, although we swam like we were nervous in the prelims this morning,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “But for the kids who were fortunate enough to be able to come back and swim in the finals tonight, nerves weren’t such an issue. It’s just the process of getting rid of those first few nervous swims and then settling in.”
Creech (Dayton/Centerville) finished the 500 free in 5:21.91 to finish sixth overall and collect her third individual team record. The junior holds the 100 and 200 butterfly team marks and also is a member of Wilmington’s record-holding 800 freestyle relay.
“Julie gets better every year,” Breen said. “It’s hard to think and swim at the same time, but she has really made some nice improvements in her 500 freestyle — just the way that she approaches the race. She really put it all together today.”
Creech wasn’t the only Wilmington point scorer in the 500 free. Freshman Addie Roberts (Franklin) was sixth in the consolation final with a time of 5:29.08.
“Addie was one of our nervous swims this morning, but she settled down and swam faster this evening. To be able to come back in your first college championship meet and swim faster in the final than you did in the prelims is a big step,” Breen said.
Jenny Geers (Pickerington/Pickerington North) finished seventh in the 200 individual medley consolation final with a time of 2:24.05.
“Jenny was on the outside looking in last year. She came out this morning and had a great swim and had another great effort tonight. For her to come back and score was huge for her and for the team,” Breen said.
Wilmington’s 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays both swam to fifth-place finishes.
“We had a really nice leadoff 100 backstroke leg from Victoria Burcham in the medley relay. I’m excited for her 100 backstroke Friday,” Breen said. “We had solid swims across the board in the medley relay. After a long day of nerves and swimming, it’s big for these kids to all come back and swim fast at the end of the night.