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Lady Eagles swim to title

December 13, 2010

Columbia City’s Anna Lawrence was just one of many Lady Eagles at Saturday’s Wawasee Invitational to come away with multiple top 12 finishes. Lawrence was seven in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 500 freestyle. Post & Mail file photo / Nicole Ott

   SYRACUSE — The weekend wrapped up with Columbia City swimming having its best all-around week so far of 2010. After competition Saturday, one team came home with a trophy while both finished in the  top three.  
   The Lady Eagles were at the Wawasee Invitational with the likes of 10 other teams also competing.
Columbia City came away as the top team on the day winning the invitational by one point over the   hosting No. 17 state ranked Lady Warriors 289-288.
   The overall finish came down to the last relay event where Columbia City was able to edge Wawasee.
   The 400-meter freestyle had Anneke Vanstraten, Mishayla Hagar, Libby Bower, Mandi Wright place fourth for the Lady Eagles.
   City placed third in the 200 freestyle while also grabbing second in the 200 individual medley relay.
   Two legs of those relays also had individual wins on the day.
   Freshman Andrea Richter took her place on the top podium with her win in the 100 backstroke. Richter added a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly.
   Jena Bosselman picked up in the event that got her to the state finals two seasons ago. Bosselman won the 100 breaststroke while taking second in the 200 IM.
   Vanstraten’s work in the relays was also matched with an eighth-place finish in the 50 freestyle and third-place in the 100 breaststroke.
   Mandi Wright was the top Lady Eagle in 500 freestyle taking fourth and the 200 freestyle placing third.
Holly Kyler finished fifth in the 100 freestyle for her best finish of the day. Kyler also posted points for the Lady Eagles in the 50 freestyle taking ninth overall.
   Anna Lawrence was another of many Lady Eagles to post two top 12 finishes for the Lady Eagles.   Lawrence sixth in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 free.
   Other notable Lady Eagle finishes: Kristin Hershberger fourth in 100 breaststroke, Libby Bower eighth in the 100 butterfly, Mishayla Hagar seventh in the 100 freestyle, Adrianna Brown fifth in diving.
   The boys weekend had Columbia City at the Norwell Invitational where nine teams competed. The  Eagles were third with 212 points behind first-place Bellmont on the day with 287.
   Cole Smith continued his streak of winning races with a top finish in the 100 freestyle. The win went along with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle for Smith.
   Smith joined Kyle Mertz, Justin Moss, Garrett Vandersaul and Kevin Hershberger in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays placing third in both.
   Hershberger picked up Columbia City only other win on the day in the 100 breaststroke. After placing fourth in the individual medley race, Hershberger teamed up with Mertz, Vandersaul and Devin Moore to   place second in the relay version.
   Moore’s third -place finish in the 100 backstroke was the best for the Eagles.
   Tucker Daniel gave Columbia City two top 10 finishes. Daniel’s best came in a fifth-place finish in the 500 freestyle. Daniel also placed eighth in the 200 freestyle.

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