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Bowling Green wins GNOAC title (7-15-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Sunday, 14 July 2013 21:16
Meghan Burnard competes in the Girls 15-16 200 Yard IM during the 2013 GNOAC championship swim meet Sunday evening. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
NAPOLEON — Once again it was the Bowling Green Swim Club taking home the Greater Northwestern Ohio Aquatic Conference championship trophy.
The Gators dominated the event over the weekend, finishing with 2,673 points. It was BG’s 37th title in the 42-year history of the conference. PHOTO GALLERY
Napoleon was a distant second with 2,060 1/2 points, followed by Bryan (1,742), Ottawa-Glandorf (1,312 1/2), Wauseon (1,237) and Defiance/Ayersville (325).
Bowling Green won eight of the 12 age divisions.
“I am very happy with our performance this weekend,’’ BG head coach Carolyn Strunk said Sunday evening after the meet concluded at Napoleon’s Municipal Pool.
‘‘They did a good job of supporting each other,’’ she continued. ‘‘We were on top of things when it came to being behind the blocks and being ready. And also focusing on what we needed to do stroke-wise as we had good legal swims. In those regards I commend this whole team; they did a very good job.’’
The Gators were ready to swim right from the start of the meet and it paid off as Bowling Green won the boys and girls 8-and-under divisions on Saturday.
‘‘We know that anything can happen when it comes to 8-and-unders, just by virtue of the age that they are,’’ Strunk said. ‘‘They were extremely focused on what they wanted to accomplish this weekend ... From top to bottom they were on top of the game this weekend.
‘‘We had some swimmers try some new things and it’s great to see that they are willing to try new things,’’ she added about the younger swimmers.
The Bowling Green Swim Club celebrates as they are announced as the overall winners of the 2013 GNOAC Championship.
Calvin Price competes in the Boys 9-10 100 Yard IM during the 2013 GNOAC championship swim meet Sunday evening.
Bowling Green also won both 11-12 divisions, the 9-10 boys, the 13-14 girls, the 15-16 girls and the 17-18 boys.
Overall, the Gators had 38 individual victories and six relay wins.
Peter Burroughs, 17-18 boys, won five individual events — 500 freestyle (4:54.34); 100 backstroke (57.32); 100 breast stroke (1:01.11); 200 freestyle (1:48.37); and 200 individual medley (2:04.81).
BG’s Emmy Sehmann, 15-16 girls, and Trae Gulgin, 15-16 boys, each won four individual events.
Winning three individual events for Bowling Green were: Scotty Buff, 8-and-under boys; John Burnard, 9-10 boys; and Jack Burroughs, 11-12 boys.
For the seniors on the team, it was a bittersweet weekend.
Peter Burroughs has come full circle, closing his career at Napoleon.
‘‘The first time I ever went to a champs I was 4-years-old and it was at this pool. Now it’s my last champs and I think we ended on a really good note,’’ Burroughs said.
‘‘I have been thinking about it and decided I had better make it good,’’ he added about his last meet with the Gators.
Burroughs, who has been one of the top swimmers in the state during his career, has decided to concentrate on academics at Michigan State.
‘‘At the end of my high school year I was thinking about what I was going to do with my college career and decided I wanted to focus on the other interests that I have,’’ he said.
At MSU, Burroughs said he plans to major in media and information with a combination of art and technology.
‘‘I’m kind of into art and music and all the other things outside of swimming,’’ Burroughs said. ‘‘But swimming had definitely been a huge part of my life.
‘‘I can’t stay out of the water completely even if I wanted to,’’ he added. ‘‘I might find a club team or I will definitely swim on my own.’’
For Ashley Halleck, the swim team was like a family during her Gators’ career.
‘‘We are so close and it’s honestly been the greatest experience of my life,’’ Halleck said. ‘‘It’s where I’ve made all my best friends and I’m beyond grateful for it. My experience and the love and commitment of the other people has been outstanding.
‘‘To end my senior year with a win was really great,’’ she continued. ‘‘But if we would have lost, it would have been really great just to finish this year with these people.’’
An additional story and the winners of each race together with Bowling Green’s finishers in the top six will be published in Tuesday’s Sentinel-Tribune.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 10:02

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