Clermont County’s varsity swimming scene has seen some fine individual efforts among the five high schools competing in the sport. Teamwise, the Milford boys and girls squads have been turning in the best performances.
“We’re holding solid. They’re performing strong,” said coach Gary Tameris of his varsity swimming squad.
The Eagles have some solid individual performers. Senior Elliott Keefer has recorded a time of 58.28 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke, the event in which he placed seventh (58.94) in the Division I state meet last year. He is also doing well in the 100 backstroke (55.84). Senior Luke Wasserman has recorded a “best-ever” time of 50.88 in the 100 freestyle and a 23.01 in the 50 free. Freshman Chris Williams is doing well in the free events as is freshman Dan Matulis in the back, senior Kevin Metzger in the free events, sophomore Matt D’errico in the free events, and sophomore Joey Griffin in the free events and the 200 individual medley.
The Milford mentor knows he has a good team and it is competing in a “very tough conference,” the Greater Miami Conference (GMC). “We’ll be battling to be in the top half of the conference.” He expects Sycamore, Lakota East, and Lakota West to be his main competition in the GMC.
Kathy Carboy, the Eagles’ diving coach, believes her best efforts have been turned in this season by Kyle Petrosky and first-year competitor Ryan Cushenan, both juniors.
"We're a young squad. This team is more freshman dominated than teams we've had in the past," said Tameris.
He noted senior Melody Smith is "having a fantastic year, she's been outstanding in every event." Freshman Julie Brown is "consistent in the free events and relays," sophomore Katie McClure is "very strong in the IM and butterfly" and her sister Laurin is doing well in the fly and the distance free. Other fine efforts are being made by senior Abigail Craycraft in the breast, freshman Gwen Storch in the back, junior Sarah Frank in the breast, freshman Ashleigh Snell in the free events, junior Naomi Week in the fly, and freshman Allison Burtoft in the free events.
"The future looks good, but we'll have our hands full to get into the upper half of the league. Sycamore is shooting for its 17th straight league title and Lakota East, Lakota West, and Fairfield are also going to be tough," Tameris said.
Carboy pointed out her standout divers are juniors Elyse Budkie and Katie Curtis.
New Richmond boys
"They are doing relatively well," said coach Judy Middeler of her boys team.
State qualifier Nate Kramer is back for his senior season and is turning in good times in the 200 yard freestyle (1:40.70) and 500 free (4:40.20). Last year in the state meet's 200 free finals he was timed at 1:46.14. He's doing real well," said Middeler of her team's standout who is also competing in the 100 free and 200 individual medley.
Other good efforts are been recorded by freshman Alex Lewis in the 50 free (26.12) and 100 free (1:00.13). "He's really coming on," said Middeler. Senior Craig Beahr is doing well in the 200 individual medley and the 100 fly and "providing good leadership for the team." Senior Nick Graser in the 100 free and sophomore Troy Tucker in the 100 back are also swimming well.
"If we can stay healthy we'll be competitive in the (Southwest Ohio Swim) league (SOSL)," said the Lions' mentor who believes McClain and Cincinnati Country Day will be the cream of the crop come league showdown time.
New Richmond girls
"We're doing fine. The kids are doing a good job. They're working hard," said Middeler. "We are getting contributions from everyone on the team."
The standouts in Red and Black have been junior Rachel Mahan in the 500 free, junior Hannah McCartney in the 200 individual medley, and freshmen Kate Jaffe and Melanie Stoeckle in the 500 free and 100 free. Senior Lura Appleman is expected to bring more points to the New Richmond tallies when she returns from injuries.
"We might finish behind Cincinnati Country Day and Greenfield McClain, but it will be a struggle," said Middeler of her charges' chances in the SOSL meet.
Batavia is being represented in swimming competition by one young lady. Sophomore Eileen Shinsato is carrying on the family tradition of superbness and talent for the Bulldogs' aqua efforts.
She was champion of the prestigious Milford Invitiational in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:12.64. She finished fourth in the 200 individual medley and was just 36 one-hundreths of a second away from establishing a new school record in the 200 IM that is currently owned by her sister Carolyn.
Eileen's best time in the 100 breast was recorded this year at the Ned Reeb Invitational that took place at Ohio State. The clocking was 1:11.
"She's devoted to swimming and is a hard worker," said Batavia athletic director Terry Sheehan who also serves as the coach representing her high school. "We're proud of her and how she is representing Batavia. She is an excellent swimmer."
Eileen's mom, Bridget, accompanies her daughter to her competitions and also coaches. "She's done real well. We're hoping she qualifies for the state (meet)," said Mrs. Shinsato. Milford coach Gary Tameris also assists in coaching the Batavia team.
Glen Este boys
The Trojan boys are being put through their paces by the performance of senior veteran Phillip Brownstead. At the prestigious Moeller Invitational he finished fourth in both the 50 free and 100 free with the respective times of 23.9 and 54.46.
"Our kids are working real hard," said coach Alan Kirk. There are four members of the team. Brownstead is the only twelfth grader.
Glen Este girls
Natalie Adams has been the leader in the fortunes of the girls in Purple and White. The senior is "doing well" in the freestyle, backstroke, and medley relay.
"We've got some real nice young girls who are doing well," said Kirk of the 12 members of his distaff squad. Two of the team members are seniors.
"The boys are doing absolutely phenomenal. I couldn't be happier," said coach Katie Morse of her four-member squad.
Senior Robbie Snider has swum a good time (1:10.54) in the 100 fly and is also doing well in the 200 IM (2:32). Senior Daniel Sandker has stood out in the 100 breast (1:21.97) and also has done well in the 50 free (29.54) and 100 free (1:13.71). "They are good leaders," said Morse of her seniors. Sophomore Chris McCormick is, "the most improved who is a workhorse with huge potential." His best events are the 50 free (27.38) and 100 free (1:05.43). Sophomore Erik Durtsche is "very competitive" in the 50 free (29.48), 100 free (1:07.59), and 100 breast (1:25.31).
"My goal is to get more numbers out in the future and for each one to improve individually. We want to develop a first-rate program," Morse said.
"We're doing real well as a whole team. I think this is the best season Amelia's ever had. The program is turning completely around," said Morse.
Morse pointed out sophomore Megan McDonald is a "year round" competitor. She owns the school record in the 100 back (1:11) and has also swum well in the 100 fly (1:09.17), 200 IM (2:28.61), 100 breast (1:17.24), and 200 free (2:11.31). The relays have also been "doing a really good job." The relays consist of seniors Alexis Trubee and Amy Doersam, McDonald, and sophomore Lexi Weidner. The relay times are 200 medley (2:30.18), 200 free (2:12.64), and 400 free (4:55.09). Trubee is turning in good times in the 200 free (2:47.13) and 500 free (6:45.10). Senior Heather Howard and junior Kayla Johnson are also gathering points for the Barons in the 50 and 100 free and the 100 breast.
"This is a versatile team and the numbers are growing," Morse concluded.
Following are the results of reported meets.
Milford's boys beat Lakota West and Lakota East with the respective team scores of 143-89-84. Eagle winners: 200 medley relay of Mark Fernandez, Keefer, Kyle Stone, and Wasserman (1:48.62), Metzger (200 free, 1:56.16), Griffin (200 IM, 2:12), 200 free relay of Fernandez, Williams, Metzger, and Griffin (1:37.37), Keefer (100 back, 1:01.89), 400 free relay of D'Errico, Williams, Wasserman, and Keefer (3:41.28), and Cushenan (one-meter diving, 184.50 points).
Milford also won the girls division with the respective scores of 152-101-67.
E-Gal winners: 200 medley relay of Megan Pierce, Smith, Katie McClure, and Julie Brown (2:01.63), Katie McClure (200 free, 2:07.92), Smith (200 IM, 2:16.97), Brown (50 free, 26.55), Laurin McClure (100 fly, 1:04.98), Brown (100 free, 57.07), Smith (100 back, 1:04.33), and 400 free relay of Laurin McClure, Katie McClure, Brown, and Smith (3:51.89).
In the Mason Invitational, Milford's boys finished second among 21 teams with 319.5 points behind champion St. Xavier with 329. Eagle winners: 220 medley relay of Fernandez, Keefer, Williams, and Wasserman (1:46.42), Keefer (200 IM, 2:02.32) and (100 breast, 58.80).
Milford's girls were runner-up, too, among 21 teams with 327 points behind the host Comets with 440. The one-person Batavia team was 12th with 37. E-Gal winners: Smith (500 free, 5:20.92) and 400 free relay of Smith, Julie Brown, Storch, and Caitlin Brown (3:56.24).
Batavia's Shinsato won the 200 IM (2:21.58) and 100 breast (1:12.96).
Lawrenceburg, Ind., was tid al waved by Milford's boys 156-13. Eagle winners: 200 medley relay (1:49.47), Williams (200 free, 1:59.47), Alan Keefer (200 IM, 2:23.03), Griffin (50 free, 25.75), Petrosky (one-meter diving, 166.25), D'errico (100 fly, 1:05.31), Williams (100 free, 53.52), Griffin (500 free, 5:28.40), 200 free relay (1:36.73), D'errico (100 back, 1:04.14), Kyle Tepe (100 breast, 1:17.16), and 400 free relay (3:34.28).
The girls also dunked the Hoosiers 133-53. E-Gal winners: 200 medley relay (2:11.55), Caitlin Brown (200 free, 2:13.48), Julie Brown (200 IM, 2:27.76), Elyse Budkie (one-meter diving, 181.75 points), Julie Brown (100 fly, 1:12.73), Jenny Shields (100 free, 1:04.32), Storch (500 free, 6:00.56), 200 free relay (2:01.81), Pierce (100 back, 1:12.58), Smith (100 breast, 1:16.69), and 400 free relay (4:17.15).
At the Ned Reeb Invitational that took place at Ohio State, Elliott Keefer won the 100 breast (58.28).
The boys sunk Loveland 109-74. Eagle winners: D'errico (50 free, 24.49), Petrosky (one-meter diving, 160.40), Elliott Keefer (100 fly, 58.18), 200 free relay (1:35.27), and 400 free relay (3:37.38).
The girls also won out over Loveland 92-88. E-Gal winners: Budkie (one-meter diving, 169.60), Smith (100 free, 57.47), and 400 free relay (3:53.01).
Oak Hills was yet another Milford victory. The boys triumphed 118-65. Eagle winners: 200 medley relay (1:47.20), D'errico (200 free, 1:59.84), Griffin (200 IM, 2:11.70), Cushenan (one-meter diving, 161.50), Elliott Keefer (100 fly, 58.82), Wasserman (100 free, 51.63), Max Ringwald (500 free, 6:06.76), Elliott Keefer (100 back, 59.80), Griffin (100 breast, 1:11.73), and 400 free relay (3:44.35).
The girls also beat the Highlanders 99-87. E-Gal winners: Smith (200 free, 2:00.21), Katie McClure (200 IM, 2:24.42), Budkie (one-meter diving, 164.85), Katie McClure (100 fly, 1:08.22), Laurin McClure (500 free, 5:46.70), Storch (200 back, 1:09.66), and 400 free relay (3:56.30).
Turpin was also topped by the boys in Red and White 99-85. Eagle winners: 200 medley relay (1:50.31), Wasserman (50 free, 23.60), Petrosky (one-meter diving, 164.30), Wasserman (100 free, 52.63), and Griffin (100 breast, 1:13.80).
The Spartans defeated Milford's girls 120.5-64.5. E-Gal winners: Budkie (one-meter diving, 164.65), Katie McClure (100 fly, 1:05.71), and Smith (100 free, 57.99).
New Richmond's boys opened their home season with a 47-45 setback to Clark Montessori. Lion winners: 200 medley relay of Graser, Beahr, Lewis, and Chris Werle (2:11.84), Kramer (200 IM, 2:07.41), Lewis (50 free, 26.10), Kramer (100 fly, 59.52), and 200 free relay of Tucker, Kramer, Lewis, and Beahr (2:12.43).
The girls began with a 61-31 win over Clark. Lion winners: 200 medley relay of Mahan, Victoria Wildey, Dawn Peters, and McCartney (2:28.4), McCartney (200 IM, 3:01.61), Peters (100 fly, 1:23.74), Stoeckle (100 free, 1:11.01), Mahan (500 free, 7:16.57), 200 free relay of McCartney, Hughes, Stoeckle, and Lisa Wilkerson (2:09.7), and 400 free relay (5:02.17).
New Richmond's boys submerged Summit Country Day and Seven Hills with the respective scores of 78-51-50. Lion winners: 200 medley relay (2:09.40), Kramer (500 free, 4:55.87) and Kramer (100 back, 58.67, a new pool record).
Seven Hills won the girls division followed by New Richmond and Summit with the respective scores of 83-79-55. Lion winners: Peters (100 fly, 1:22.77) and Mahan (500 free, 7:19.48).
In a dual showdown with Seven Hills the boys in Red and Black emerged victorious 51-41. Lion winners: 200 medley relay (2:06.22), Kramer (50 free, 223.42), Beahr (100 fly, 1:26.75), Lewis (100 free), 200 free relay (1:45.90), Tucker (100 back, 1:25.18), and Kramer (100 breast, 1:10.55).
The girls also dunked Seven Hills 52-40. Lion winners: Stoeckle (50 free, 30.17), Peters (100 fly, 1:24.49), McCartney (100 free, 1:11.70), 200 free relay of Stoeckle, Peters, Wilkerson and McCartney (2:08.55), Wildey (100 breast, 1:27.51), and 400 free relay of Krista Warren, Peters, Stoeckle, and Mahan (5:09.80).
McClain outraced the Lion boys 60-33. Lion winners: Lewis (50 free, 25.86), Beahr (100 fly, 1:21.4), Lewis (100 free, 1:00.5), and Alex Thomas (500 free, 7:32.8).
The girls were also deep sixed by McClain 63-27. The were no Lion winners.