Creech butterflies to sixth All-OAC honor
Quakers finish fifth at OAC Championship
February 18, 2012
Julie Creech earned her sixth career All-OAC honor as the conference championship concluded.
AKRON — Julie Creech made another visit to the all-conference podium as Wilmington College ended its season at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium Saturday.
The Quakers finished in fifth place with 277 points. Ohio Northern claimed its fourth straight OAC title, finishing with 859 points.
“We swam well all three days. It took us a day or so to kind of calm the nerves down, but we were consistent once we got rolling,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said.
Creech (Dayton/Centerville) continued to re-define consistent. The junior finished third in the 200-yard butterfly, touching in 2:13.41 to earn her team-record sixth All-OAC honor.
“Julie is consistent and she does it with a very taxing schedule,” Breen said. “She swims the 500 freestyle and four out of the five relays. She did all that and came back on the third day to lead off our 400 freestyle relay with her fastest-ever 100 free. Then she swims a grueling event like the 200 fly. That is consistent.”
Addie Roberts (Franklin) was sixth in the 1,650 freestyle, finishing in 18:50.89.
“Today was absolutely her best day. You could see the confidence growing from day one and day two. She was just ready to go today and had a great swim,” Breen said.
Liz Miller (Lebanon) finished 10th in the 1,650 free, touching in 19:15.56.
Victoria Burcham (Urbana) touched second in the 200 backstroke consolation final with a time of 2:14.83. Caroline Kruczynski (Grove City/Central Crossing) finished fifth in 2:18.21
“Victoria set the team 100 backstroke record Friday and came real close to breaking the 200 record today. She is swimming really well. Tonight was a fun night for her. Caroline had a good meet. For her and the other freshmen, this was their first three-day championship meet. It can be pretty intimidating, but they really responded to the challenge,” Breen said.
The meet dropped the curtain on the careers of seniors Hannah Anderson (West Chester/Lakota West) and Rachel Weitzel (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls).
“Hannah had the meet of her life. She and Rachel finished with PRs and showed that they are still improving. It was pretty special,” Breen said.