Columbian’s Eisenhower places 9th, 12th at district

PHOTO COURTESY OF AMY WILSON Columbian’s Cole Eisenhower dives into the pool during a race at Bowling Green during the Division II district meet at Bowling Green.

BOWLING GREEN — Cole Eisenhower gave a few standout performances at the Division II district swim meet at Bowling Green Friday.

Whether that was enough to extend the Columbian’s sophomore’s season to next week’s state tournament was yet to be seen.

Eisenhower’s best finish — and Columbian’s best finish — at the meet came in the 50 yard freestyle, where he placed ninth out of 31 placers. He reached the finish line in 22.47. Eisenhower also swam in the 100 freestyle, taking 12th in 49.74. Also in the race was Upper Sandusky’s Will Barnes, who crossed the line in 51.3, good enough for 26th.

“Cole’s 500 free and 100 free were fast,” Columbian coach Brittany Lindrup said. “He went the fastest he’s gone all season and gave it everything he had.”

The top two finishers advanced automatically. The other qualifiers for state had yet to be announced.

In the 100 yard butterfly, Upper Sandusky’s Barnes had the best area finish, taking seventh in 54.42. In 20th place was the Tornadoes’ Josh Fanning, who finished in 58.10. Also in the race was the Rams’ Jacob Newsome, who placed 31st in 1:01.76.

Fanning also was in the 200 freestyle. He placed 21st in 1:54.63. Upper Sandusky’s Brody Williams also was in the race, finishing 32nd in 2:00.35.

Fanning and Williams are both seniors.

“Josh finished his high school career on a high note,” Lindrup said. “He crushed his 200 free with a time of 1:54.63. His goal was a 1:55. He was consistent in his fly.”

Fanning and Eisenhower also joined with Luis Martinez and Myrick Hill to take part in the 400 free relay, which finished in 3:36.95.

The squad’s placing was unavailable at press time, but Lindrup said the squad dropped 13 seconds off its seed time.

“Each of the guys stepped up in a big way to get that time,” she said. ” It was well-deserved.”

Columbian’s girls also had a relay team compete in two events. The team of Sierra Steinmetz, Sydney Fortney, Kaitlyn Bates and Lillyan Wilson finished 23rd in the 200 medley relay in 2:08.63. The same team finished 20th in the 400 free relay in 4:10.13.

“I am so proud of the girls relays,” Lindrup said. “They gave everything they had, and were able to share a special moment after the 400 relay that none of them will forget.”

Upper Sandusky also had a girls team in the 200 medley relay, with the squad of Cali Andres, Maya Collins, Addison Byrne and Lindsay Weininger finishing 19th in 2:03.83.