With 30 personal bests in the first girls swim meet of the season Saturday at Norwell, Bellmont coach Drew Norby left the venue "cautiously optimistic about the season."
"I knew that we had a wonderful core of veterans and a great group of young swimmers, but I wasn't quite sure how we'd perform. The ladies showed me that I should be confident. All of our swimmers had at least one personal best and most had two," stated Norby.
Bellmont scored with two swimmers in all but one event, and scored with one in the other.
Kelsey Link, Erin Hunter, Megan Maynard, Chloe Mock, Hayley Swaidner and Rachel Klingensmith all scored in both of their individual events at the Norwell Invitational. Mikayla Voglewede, Sarra Evans, Peighton Morlan and Bailee Hankenson all scored in one individual event for BHS.
Had the "B" relay team in the 200 free relay not been disqualified for a false start, all of the relay teams would have socred, "a sign of deep balance, a coach's dream," noted Norby.
Norby had to figure the scores and times by hand since the Norwell electronic system failed. Norby gave the meet title to Oak Hill with 234 points to the 224 of Norwell and 183 of Bellmont. Jay was fourth at 175, followed by Columbia City at 137, South Adams with 120, Bishop Dwenger at 92, Bluffton with 76 and Adams Central ninth with 61 points.
South Adams' Erika Waugh finished first in both the 100 backstroke in 1:03.63 and in the 500 free at 5:34.18.
In the 100 butterfly, Bellmont had three in the top eight: 4. Erin Hunter, 1:10.11; 7. K. Link, 1:11.43; and 8. Megan Maynard, 1:11.84. AC's Ali McClain was ninth in 1:12.07.
Rachel Klingensmith topped BHS with a fourth place time of 1:02.46 in the 100 free. Sarra Evans was sixth in 1:04.2 and Sydnee Hake 16th in 1:26.7; Whitney Landis took eighth for AC in 1:05.32.
In the 500 free, Chloe Mock took sixth for BHS in 6:26.75. Hayley Swaidner took 12th in 6:50. Yuleeza McCullough earned ninth for AC in 6:40. Brooke Kirchhofer took 14th for South Adams.
Jay won the 200 free relay in 1:52 while Bellmont followed in 1:53.46 with Hake, Maynard, Link and Klingensmith. Adams Central took seventh.
In the 100 backstroke, Peighton Morlan was seventh for BHS at 1:12.4 and Erin Hunter ninth in 1:13.81. Hannah Mendez took 14th. Kara DeLong earned sixth for South Adams in 1:11.44. McCullough was 14th for AC.
Bailee Hankenson, just a week away from her part in the Bellmont state volleyball push, took 10th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.83. Hake was 16th in 1:26. Whitney Landis placed fourth in 1:19.43.
In the 400 free relay, Bellmont took seventh in n4:27.78 with Mock, Morlan, Swaidner and Hunter. Another squad finished 11th. South Adams took third.
In the 200 medley relay, Bellmont took sixth and ninth. Hunter, Hake, Maynanrd and Klingensmith finished in 2:08. Morlan, Janelle Lopez, Link and Evans went 2:11. SA was fifth in 2:08.
Mock took fourth at 2:23.91 in the 200 free and Voglewede followed in 2:25.08. DeLong of SA was sixth in 2:25.71.
In the IM, Swaidner took seventh in 2:42.79 for BHS while Link was 11th in 2:44. Alex Fox of SA was sixth.
Ali McClain of AC took fourth in the 50 free in 27:43. Klingensmith took sixth in 27.8 andn Maynard was next in 27.87.