Harris, Hellwarth lead WC against John Carroll
WC drops OAC dual in home water
December 3, 2011
Mason Harris powers to a win in the 800-meter freestyle during Wilmington's OAC dual with John Carroll.
Mason Harris and Corbin Hellwarth won a pair of races each as Wilmington College battled John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference pool dual at the WC Natatorium Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Streaks won the meet, 128-76.
“This is a tough time of the year to have a meet,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said. “It’s the end of the academic semester, so everybody is a little bit stressed out. Taking that into consideration, I thought we swam pretty well.”
Harris (Westerville/Westerville Central) won the 400- and 800-meter freestyle races, touching in 4:35.76 and 9:21.22, respectively. The freshman also had the second-fastest split on Wilmington’s 200 freestyle relay.
“Mason had a great meet. He had a lifetime-best time in the 800 and just missed the team 1,000-yard record,” Breen said. “We trained pretty hard this week, and for him to keep getting better like he is was pretty special.”
Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) touched first in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
“For Corbin to come in and take a double from John Carroll was a great accomplishment for him,” Breen said. “He works hard every day and we saw the results of that hard work today.”
Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East) powered his way to a win in the 100 backstroke.
“Casey was pretty sick this week, but came back to win. It wasn’t a spectacular time for him, but he raced the whole time. Sometimes the effort is more important than the time,” Breen said.
The Quakers will be singularly focused on training until returning to competition at Franklin on Jan. 9.
“This is the put-up or shut-up time of the year,” Breen said. “After this semester is over, everyone gets a little bit of a break. But once we go to Florida for training, we have to be all business the rest of the year. You have to find a way to make yourself look forward to the challenge, look forward to the training, because you know the benefits are going to happen.”