Van Wert’s Katie McVaigh swims the 100-yard butterfly at the sectional meet in Defiance on Saturday. (Photo submitted)
Van Wert’s Katie McVaigh swims the 100-yard butterfly at the sectional meet in Defiance on Saturday. (Photo submitted)
DEFIANCE — The Cougar swim team traveled to Ayersville High School for the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Division II Sectional Tournament involving 13 teams, including four WBL schools.

The boys took 9th place, while the girls finished 7th. Wauseon took first place for the boys and Ottawa-Glandorf reigned as the girls champion, with Celina taking runner-up for the boys and Wauseon taking runner-up in the girls events.

Other schools participating (in order of finish in the boy’s standings) included Bowling Green, Defiance, Coldwater, Fort Recovery, Ayersville, Fairview, Miller City, Archbold and Tinora.

During the sectional tournament, the Cougar swimmers earned 22 personal best records out of 23 total events.

The next meet for the Cougars will be the OHSAA Division II District Tournament at Bowling Green State University on February 17.

Madison Jarrett, Peyton Fleming, Bethany Fast, Katie McVaigh, and Madison Turnwald will represent the Cougars at the district tournament.

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Girls Results (all distances in yards)

200 Medley Relay: 5th (2:03.68 –Katie McVaigh, Peyton Fleming, Bethany Fast, Madison Turnwald); 200 freestyle: 12th (2:24.46 – Olivia Profit); 200 Individual Medley: 5th (2:31.85 – Katie McVaigh); 50 Freestyle: 7th (27.68 –Madison Turnwald); 100 Butterfly: 6th (1:08.22 – Katie McVaigh); 100 Freestyle: 14th (1:05.36 –Olivia Profit), 19th (1:09.68 – Emma Verville); 200 Freestyle Relay: 5th (1:50.77 – Madison Turnwald, Bethany Fast, Peyton Fleming, Katie McVaigh); 100 Backstroke: 7th (1:11.00 –Emma Verville); 100 Breaststroke: 8th (1:16.13 –Bethany Fast) 13th (1:19.28 – Peyton Fleming), 17th – (1:23.52 – Rebekah Fast); 1-meter Diving: 6th (337.35 points, Madison Jarrett)

Boys Results (all distances in yards)

200 Medley Relay: 3rd (2:05.51 – Andrew Hamblett, Noah Arend, Dalton Heppeard, Brayden Cox); 200 Freestyle: 11th (2:25.04 – Brayden Cox); 50 Freestyle: 2nd (25.19 –Dalton Heppeard), 8th (26.96- Andrew Hamblett), 9th (27.31 – Noah Arend); 100 Butterfly: 12th (1:06.69 – Dalton Heppeard); 500 Freestyle: 11th (6:35.25 –Brayden Cox); 200 Freestyle Relay: 4th (1:49.91 – Dalton Heppeard, Noah Arend, Andrew Hamblett, Brayden Cox); 100 Backstroke: 10th (1:12.78 –Arend Hamblett); 100 Breaststroke: 14th (1:18.86 –Noah Arend)