CANTON, Ohio — Napoleon sophomore Kaylee Nagel grabbed four medals at the Division II State Swimming Championships Friday, leading the Lady Cats to a seventh-place finish in the team standings.
Nagel earned All-Ohio in both the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke and was a member of two All-Ohio relay teams for the Lady Cats.
In her first event of the night, Nagel finished sixth in the 50 free, dropping from second in prelims. She finished with a time of 23.83.
Nagel maintained her seventh-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, and actually dropped her time from the preliminary swim Thursday with a time of 1:04.30 in the championship heat.
As the anchor of both the 200 free and 400 free relay teams, Nagel earned two more spots on the podium.
“This was a huge day for her,” said Napoleon swim coach Denise Brown. “There is so much pressure in that 50 (free) and she handled it so well. It didn’t go like she wanted, but she bounced back and had a great split in the 200 free relay.
“Her breaststroke was unbelievable and she just blasted through the 400 (free) relay,” continued Brown. “It was a very busy day for her. She did a great job, especially for a sophomore.”
The Lady Cats’ 200 free team of Abby Allison, Hope Buchhop, Jenna Pilkington and Nagel was sixth in a time of 1:38.14, moving up from their eighth-place finish in the prelims.
In the final event of the night, the Lady Cats finished fifth in the 400 free relay with the team of Amanda Hudson, Allison, Pilkington and Nagel turning in a time of 3:34.07 — more than two seconds faster than their time in the preliminary round.
In the opening event, Napoleon’s 200 medley relay team, which consisted of four seniors, placed 13th in a time of 1:51.23 to earn second-team All-Ohio honors.
Brown said the team of Hudson, Katrina Tran, Pilkington and Allison will be missed.
“The girls were very emotional, even on their way to the blocks,” said the Napoleon coach. “It was hard for me, too. They are going to be missed. Their work ethic is just amazing. I am so proud of them.”
Napoleon’s Kyle Hudson completed his freshman campaign, with a ninth-place finish in the 100 backstroke.
Hudson jumped from 13th place in the preliminary round to ninth with the fastest time (53.23) in the heat, almost a half second faster than his time the night before.
“He was ready today,” said Brown. “He told me before the meet, ‘I am ready to swim and swim fast.’”
Brown said it was a good end to a successful season for the Napoleon swimming and diving program.
“I thought they were outstanding,” said Brown. “They were focused. We placed well enough yesterday to get on the podium and today we moved up some spots in most of the events. I am so proud of them.”
Wauseon’s Brooke Schuette earned All-Ohio honors, placing eighth in the 500 free with a time of 5:09.23. Schuette also finished 12th in the 200 free (1:55.44) and was part of the girls 200 free relay team that placed 15th (1:40.91).
Also on the 200 free relay team were McKenzie Darnell, Sarayna Russell and Megan Carroll. Darnell also placed 15th in the 500 free (5:17.01).
For the Wauseon boys, the Indians 400 free relay team of Ryan Scherer, Maddux Chamberlin, Andy Scherer and Branden Arredondo placed 10th with a time of 3:19.94.
During the preliminary rounds Thursday, Allison placed 20th in the girls 100 back (59.24), while Kyle Hudson was 24th in the boys 200 IM (2:02.50). Napoleon’s boys 400 free relay team of Levi Spring, Nick Keeran, Clay Gyde and Hudson finished 21st in a time of 3:25.96.
Also in the preliminary round, Wauseon’s Ryan Scherer was 17th in the 200 IM (1:59.72) and 22nd in the 100 butterfly (53.62), while Arrendondo was 20th in the 100 free (50.00). For the Lady Indians, Darnell placed 17th in the 200 free (1:55.92) and their 400 free relay team was disqualified.
The Wauseon boys 200 free relay team of Arrendondo, James Hutchinson, Caden Case and Ryan Scherer finished 18th in a time of 1:31.69.