Quakers end season at OAC Championship
Harris breaks two more team records
February 18, 2012
Casey Thompson finished sixth in the 200 backstroke at the OAC Championship.
AKRON — Mason Harris added two more school standards to his growing resume as the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship concluded at University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium Saturday.
The Quakers finished fifth with 277 points. Ohio Northern scored 1,036 en route to claiming its eighth straight conference title.
“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.
Harris (Westerville/Westerville Central) broke two records in one race. The freshman finished fourth in the 1,650 freestyle with a team-record time of 17:12.31. During the race, he also established a new team 1,000 freestyle record. Earlier in the meet, Harris broke the WC 200 freestyle record and was on the record-setting 400 medley relay.
“He had an awesome day, an awesome meet,” Breen said. “He made a few mistakes the first day in his 500 by trying too hard. He calmed down and had a nice day Friday in the 200, and broke two records tonight. He was like a machine. He swam the race exactly as we had planned.”
Corbin Hellwarth (Celina/Parkway) followed up Friday’s All-OAC performance in the 100 breaststroke with a seventh-place finish in Saturday’s 200 breaststroke.
“Corbin is one of the toughest kids we’ve ever had on the team. He has a will to win. He is soft-spoken, but he competes to win. He hates to lose. His training really paid off. He is still learning to swim the 200, and once he puts it all together, he is going to be dynamite,” Breen said.
Casey Thompson (Liberty Township/Lakota East) finished sixth in the 200 backstroke, touching in 2:02.95.
“He was three-tenths of a second off our team record today,” Breen said. “It was a great swim. He put together a nice swim meet. I’m excited for him for next year. All these guys are going to get stronger and learn to race better.”
The meet capped the career of senior Josh Shell (Lancaster), who made his first OAC final and set new personal standards as the curtain fell.
“Josh struggled this year, but he really came back this weekend with three lifetime performances,” Breen said. “I’m happy that he ended his career with a great meet like this.”