UNION TWP. | If swim meets were scored only on first-place finishes, things would have turned out far differently for the Bishop Noll boys and girls swimming teams at Saturday’s Greater South Shore Conference meet.
Between the two teams, the Warriors won only three of the 23 events, but Bishop Noll placed two or more swimmers in the top-six in almost every event, and that depth helped the Warriors win both GSSC titles.
“We had to make everyone versatile,” Bishop Noll coach Pam Armagast said. “We had to be more well-rounded in order to win things. You have to have depth. You need to fill the lanes.”
The boys won their fifth-straight GSSC meet, while it was the first win for the girls.
Bishop Noll’s girls totaled 339 points to get the win. North Newton finished second, and Wheeler took third.
In the boys’ meet, the Warriors finished with 371 points. North Newton was second, and Wheeler finished third.
After the final results were announced, both winning teams, including Armagast, took a celebratory jump into the pool.
The Warriors finished the meet in style, with each side winning the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay.
“Winning both the 400 relays was just a nice ending to the day,” Armagast said.
Kaelyn Czuback anchored the winning girls 400 freestyle relay team and also took first in the 100-yard backstroke.
Wheeler’s Rachel Metzger, Gabi Gilliana, Jack Fekete, Brandon Bolde and Nathan Graf were each double-winners individually.
“I was pleased,” Wheeler’s boys coach Rob Gass said. “We swam really well. We had best times all over the place. That’s what matters most.”
Metzger set a new meet record in the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.54), while Gilliana did the same in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.48). Graf posted a new meet record in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.89).
Cameron Klimczak and Kane Klimczak were each double-winners for South Central. In the girls’ meet, Cameron won the 50-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, while Kane won the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke in the boys’ meet.
“I was happy to get first,” Cameron said. “They weren’t my best times of the year, but I was happy with winning.”