Sunday, February 28, 1999

OHIO BOYS SWIMMING


St. Xavier wins 21st state title

BY DAVE SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

        CANTON, Ohio — St. Xavier won a 21st state swimming and diving championship Saturday at C. T. Branin Nata torium. And Sycamore junior Dan Ketchum broke his state record in winning the 500 freestyle.

        Although the Bombers won only three events, depth proved to be the deciding factor as they soundly defeated defending state champion Toledo St. Francis 347-248.

        “I can't emphasize enough that this was a team effort,” St. X coach Jim Brower said. “We brought 16 swimmers here, and everyone of them scored.

        “We swam well in four-out-of-four sessions,” Brower said. “It's a great feeling, and I'm happy for the kids.”

        Senior Ryan Earhart doubted the Bombers would win the state prior to the season, but he felt the team come together after Brower took over as coach.

        “When I took over, we had an intrasquad meeting,” Brower said. “I knew we had the potential to win it, but all we talked about was team not individuals.”

        Earhart looked back at last year's second-place finish as a factor.

        “After the way we swam here last year, I doubted we could do it,” Earhart said. “But we did it and it feels great. This is my second state title in four years.”

        Ketchum's time ofd 4:22.73 smashed his 1998 record of 4:25.68.

        “Last year, Jimmy (Pullin) almost caught me at the end,” Ketchum said. “I went out too fast and had nothing left. I did the same thing at district, so tonight I went out slower the first 300 and saved something for the end.”

        At the 300 mark, Pullin (Gates Mills Hawken) was less than a body length behind. But there would be no catching Ketchum the rest of the way.

        “I trained for this all season,” Ketchum said. “I hit my times as the season went on and I was on schedule to break the record.”

        Results of other events:

        • 100 freestyle: Todd Minnier from Cleveland St. Ignatius was the surprise winner, upsetting Upper Arlington's Eddy Matkovich. St. Xavier's Scott Ransenberg and Rob Toth were fifth and sixth.

        “It's the points that Rob and I earned that were important,” Ransenberg said.

        • 200 freestyle relay: As expected, St. Francis won in a state record time of 1:23.21. St. Xavier was fifth.

        • 100 backstroke: St. X teammates Cramer and Earhart took one-two in this event, earning 37 points.

        “My time (49.14) was a lifetime best,” Cramer said.

        • 100 breaststroke: Akron Firestone junior Mark Gangloff won as expected. Anderson senior Trevor Dumond third in 57.02

        “This was my personal best time and a school record,” the Ohio University-bound Dumond said.

        • 400 freestyle relay: Toledo St. Francis set a national record of 3:01.80. St. Xavier was a close second in 3:03.53.

        Team Standings: 1. St. Xavier, 347. 2. Tol. St. Francis, 278. 3. Upper Arlington, 197. 4. Akron Firestone, 175. 5. Gates Mill Hawken, 1301/2. 6. St. Ignatius, 129. 7. Anderson, 102. 8. (tie) Shaker Heights; Sycamore, 98. 10. Avon Lake, 601/2. Locals: 22. Fairfield, 20. 23. Elder, 17. 26. Moeller, 16, 28. La Salle, 14. 29. Oak Hills, 13. 33. Mariemont, 9. 38. Turpin, 7. 40. Roger Bacon, 6. 45. Princeton, 4. 54. Talawanda, 1.

        Diving: 1. Carr (Hunting Valley University School) 515.0; 3. Maggio (St. Xavier) 448.60; 5. Boner (Sycamore) 422.80; 8. Kaufman (Oak Hills) 400.20; 10. Donahue (Turpin) 392.75; 17. Myers (Talawanda) 262.35; 22. Boller (Elder) 148.70.

        100 Freestyle: 1. Minnier (St. Ignatius) 45.23; 5. Ransenberg (St. Xavier) 46.27; 6. Toth (St. Xavier) 46.32; 10. Dehne (La Salle) 46.66; 13. Luhn (Roger Bacon) 47.34; 17. Leassner (St. Xavier) 47.96; 24. Murphy (Colerain) 48.97.

        500 Freestyle: 1. Ketchum (Sycamore) 4:22.73 (state record); 6. Pinney (St. Xavier) 4:38.04; 8. Foster (Anderson) 4:38.31; 9. Atteberry (Anderson) 4:38.81; 10. Stoffer (St. Xavier) 4:39.06; 11. Keefe (St. Xavier) 4:41.91; 15. Guibord (St. Xavier) 4:44.42; 17. McCollum (Fairfield) 4:45.06; 21. Topits (Moeller) 4:48.24.

        200 Freestyle Relay: 1. Tol. St. Francis (Bansbach, Koenig, Fraas, Kurth) 1:23.21 (state record); 5. St. Xavier (Leassner, Ransenberg, J. Janszen, D. Janszen) 1:26.13; 15. Princeton (Sprecher, Reichert, Shafer, Bergan) 1:28.62; 16. Oak Hills (Schweikert, Schmitt, Cordell, Schoenfeld) 1:29.66; 21. Fairfield (Riebel, Hartman, McCollum, Tchorz) 1:30.10; 22. La Salle (Laseke, Tenbrink, Huey, Dehne) 1:30.58.

        100 Backstroke: 1. Cramer (St. Xavier) 49.14; 2. Earhart (St. Xavier) 50.24; 11. Keefe (St. Xavier) 52.83; 16. Gates (Moeller) 53.91; 19. (tie) Wight (Sycamore) 54.42, 23. Kennedy (Mariemont).

        100 Breaststroke: 1. Gangloff (Akron Firestone) 55.58; 3. Dumond (Anderson) 57.02; 4. Fealey (St. Xavier) 58.49; 5. Riebel (Fairfield) 58.57; 7. Kauscher (Anderson) 59.51; 10. Burns (St. Xavier) 59.71.

        400 Freestyle Relay: 1. Tol. St. Francis (Ciferri, Leahy, Fraas, Kurth) 3:01.8 (national/state record); 2. St. Xavier (Ransenberg, Cramer, Toth, Earhart) 3:03.53; 6. Sycamore (Ford, Wight, Tyler, Ketchum) 3:11.98; 10. Anderson (Foster, Atteberry, Tomes, Keyes) 3:14.31; 11. Moeller (Dunki, Gates, Topits, Pierce) 3:14.43; 18. Oak Hills (Schweikert, Schmitt, Mumford, Schoenfeld) 3:17.78; 19. Fairfield (Hartman, Riebel, Tchorz, McCollum) 3:18.20.

       



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