Hellwarth, Thompson lead WC as OAC meet concludes
Freshmen turn in Top-10 performances
February 19, 2011
Casey Thompson won the 200 backstroke consolation final at the OAC Championship.
AKRON — A pair of freshmen provided the highlights as Wilmington College closed out competition in the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium Saturday.
The Quakers finished fifth overall with 46 points. Ohio Northern claimed the team title with 339 points.
“We have a very young team. They put in their work. I’m really pleased with their performance this week and how they approached the entire season.”
Corbin Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) proved to be one of the rising stars at the meet. The freshman finished sixth in Saturday’s 200-yard breaststroke after a sixth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke on Friday. His 2:17.81 in Saturday’s final was nearly 2 seconds faster than his effort in the preliminaries.
“Corbin had a great freshman season,” Breen said. “Both breaststrokes are going to be his strong suit, but he also had such a great IM on the first day of competition. He has a lot of potential. He is learning a lot and he just gets better every time he hits the water.”
Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East) capped a strong meet with a win in the 200 backstroke consolation final. His ninth-place overall finish Saturday mirrored his finish in Friday’s 100 backstroke. Thompson also broke the Wilmington College 100 backstroke record and was on the school record-setting 200 medley team.
The day wasn’t solely reserved for freshmen. Senior Josh Ward (Sidney) finished 12th in the 100 freestyle while sophomore Dave Heidrich (Beavercreek) was 15th.
“That was a great way for Josh to close his individual career,” Breen said. “Dave had a heckuva swim today with his lifetime best.”
Cody Skinner (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) finished second in the 200 breaststroke consolation final.