High School Swimming: Kenton Ridge boys hoping for another big Day

Freshman Dylan Day helped the Cougars win the team title at the Central Buckeye Conference championships

The Kenton Ridge High School boys swim team saw a great Day at the Central Buckeye Conference meet last weekend. Now, as the Cougars enter the Division II sectional meet, they’re hoping for an even better one.

Kenton Ridge won the CBC boys championship behind a standout effort led by freshman Dylan Day. He won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 13.35 seconds. That was good for a 21.88-second victory. Day also won the 100 breast stroke in 1:07.69 for an 8.28-second win.

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Day – who also swam on two winning relay teams – was named the CBC Kenton Trail Division swimmer of the year.

“He is a tremendously strong athlete who works harder than almost any athlete I’ve had before,” KR coach Heather Shaffer said. “He is very seldom happy with his performance and quickly thinks of ways to improve after each race. He has a very serious attitude regarding his success, and I know his success will always be there, so I’m trying to get him to enjoy the ride along the way.”

Joining Day on the 200 medley relay were juniors Braden Dunaway and Keaton Campbell and freshman Seth Thomas. Senior Kyle Brown, Day, Dunaway and Thomas were on the winning 200 free relay.

Other KR winners at the CBC meet included freshman Matthew Mayhan in the 500 free and the 400 free relay team of Campbell, Mayhan, senior Jaxon Wright and Brown. For the KR girls, sophomore Gwyn Thomas won the 100 breast and 200 free and sophomore Sydney Jones won the 50 free.

The sectional tournament takes places at six sites including Centerville and Trotwood. Qualifying swimmers advance to the district meet at Miami University on Feb. 15-16.

Among other highlights entering the sectional meet:

• Shawnee junior Lucas Davis won the 100 back and 200 free at the CBC meet. He was joined by 100 fly winner Andrew Vest and the girls 200 free relay team of freshman Alana Derringer, sophomore Claire Spriggs and seniors Olivia DeSantis and Olivia Leslie.

“We graduated 10 seniors so we have spent the year rebuilding and figuring out each other as a team,” Shawnee coach Carrie Johnston said. “Overall the team has done a great job being flexible, working together and being successful.”

• Sisters Rylie Turner and sophomore Reese Turner lead Springfield into the D-I sectional. Rylie, a junior, attempts to advance in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. Reese, a sophomore, competes in the 50 free and 100 free. On the boys side, sophomore Christian Narcelles has excelled in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly.

• Catholic Central junior Bridget Engel is the swimmer to beat in the 100 breaststroke. Engel holds the top time in the D-II girls Southwest District in 1:04.50. Twin sister Maddie is third in 1:05.37.

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