Glesenkamp, Carifa lead teams at sectionals

By Ben Stroup -

Hayes’ Brooke Glesenkamp broke one meet record and came within a fraction of a second from breaking another en route to winning a pair of events at Saturday’s Worthington Sectional swim meet.

The rest of the Pacers did pretty well, too, as the girls nabbed sectional runner-up honors and the boys finished third.

Glesenkamp won the 50 and 100 freestyles in respective times of 24.25 and 53.42 seconds — the latter setting a new meet record.

Teammate Kristen Puthoff also made quite a splash, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:58.03.

The duo was also solid as part of a pair of district-qualifying relay teams. The Pacers’ 200-yard freestyle relay team (Danielle Ward, Marisa Sulek, Puthoff and Glesenkamp) earned second-place points in 1:41.39 and the 400 freestyle relay team (Ward, Valerie Keller, Puthoff and Glesenkamp) finished second in 3:43.57.

Hayes finished second in the team standings with 203 points. New Albany won the sectional crown with 310. Buckeye Valley’s girls finished 10th with 22 and Big Walnut’s closed 13th with eight.

In boys’ action, Hayes finished third with 148 points — a mark boosted by Thomas Blackwood’s runner-up showing in the 100 backstroke (58.34 seconds).

Remington Curtin and Craig Klumpp also did their part to pad the Pacers’ point total. Curtin finished third in the 50 (22.54 seconds) and 100 freestyles (49.80 seconds) while Kumpp closed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.06).

Big Walnut’s Wesley Hammond and Dominic Carifa also made some noise. Hammond closed second in the 500 freestyle in 5:03.35 and Carifa finished third in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.92 and tied for third in the 100 butterfly in 55.61 seconds.

New Albany’s boys joined the girls as sectional champs, finishing with 225 points. Big Walnut finished 10th with 71.5 while Buckeye Valley closed 16th with one point.

By Ben Stroup

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