More WC records fall
Creech, Deutsch set new marks at OAC Championship
February 19, 2011
Victoria Burcham finished 11th overall in the 200 backstroke at the OAC Championship.
AKRON — Julie Creech and Kristen Deutsch turned in record-setting performances as Wilmington College competed in Day 3 of the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.
Wilmington finished fifth overall with 62 points. Ohio Northern won the team title with 308 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,” Wilmington head coach Trip Breen said.
Creech (Dayton/Centerville) finished second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:11.83 to take more than 1 second off her school record set at the 2010 OAC Championship. The All-OAC honor was Creech’s second of the weekend and the fourth of her career.
“Julie came in with a lot of experience, but she has dropped 7 seconds in the 200 fly the last two years,” Breen said. “That’s a rarity in college swimming. It comes from her work ethic — what she does in practice day in and day out. It was a great race tonight. I’m really proud of her.”
Deutsch (Beavercreek) finished fourth overall and took more than 3 seconds off her own WC 1,650 freestyle record with a time of 18:40.29.
“Kristen has been getting better all weekend,” Breen said. “This was absolutely her smartest race of the weekend. She did a lot of things right and had great results.”
Victoria Burcham (Urbana) finished third in the 200 backstroke consolation final, touching the wall in 2:18.29, a time that was nearly 2 seconds faster than her preliminary swim on Saturday morning.