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WATERLOO — With less than two weeks left before the girls’ swimming sectional, Columbia City is in season form.
The entire regular season schedule leads up to the postseason. At this point, it’s about fine-tuning.
“It’s been a good year but we’re just a few weeks away from competing in sectional,” Columbia City head coach Phil Stanczak said. “We are now focusing on the little things to make us better.”
Thursday, the Lady Eagles along with the boys crew of swimmers traveled to DeKalb to help refine their skills for sectional action.
The result was a blowout victory over both DeKalb teams with the girls winning 101-69 and the boys taking their side of things 132-15.
The boys were leaders in the pool the entire night winning 10 races including three relay events.
Junior Cole Smith was a two-time winner for the Eagles. Smith took his usual win in the 50-meter freestyle (23.21) while also picking up a win in a new event — the 100 backstroke (1:02.19).
Five other Eagles grabbed an individual win. Jacob Weber, Kevin Hershberger and Foster Eber all put together a second-place finish and win.
As a senior Hershberger is the top 100 breaststroke swimmer for Columbia City winning it Thursday night in a time of 1:10.30. Hershberger also took second behind Smith in the 50 free.
Eber got his win ahead of teammate Devin Moore in the 100 butterfly (1:05.14). Moore also took second in the 100 backstroke. Eber was also the top finisher for the boys in the 200 individual medley taking second.
Weber spent his time in the freestyle events — of which he won the 200 and placed second in the 500.
Logan Wollweaver took first in the 500 free (6:39.13) while Kyle Mertz helped Columbia City sweep the freestyle events with a win in the 100.
Other notable finishes: Lucus Kumfer (second) 200 free, Aaron Wagoner (third) 100 butterfly, Justin Moss (third) 100 free, Jared Mertz (third) 100 backstroke, Tyler Brunner (second) 100 breaststroke.
The Lady Eagles had six wins in their victory.
Freshman Andrea Richter picked up two of those wins. Richter won both the 50 free (26.52) and 100 butterfly (1:04.05).
Junior Jenna Bosselman took an always tough 100 breaststroke at 1:17.37. Bosselman followed up the win with a second-place finish in the 200 IM.
Along with two more wins in the relay events, Mandi Wright also grabbed a win. Wright took the longest race of the night in the 500 free (6:12.68).
Three Lady Eagles swam to a pair of second-place finishes. Junior Libby Bower’s came in the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly.
Anna Lawrence used her time in the 200 and 500 free races to take second while senior Holly Kyler held down the runner-up spot in the 50 and 100 free.
Other notable finishes: Anneke VanStraten (third) 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.