Kaylee Nagel

Napoleon’s Kaylee Nagel swims the 100 free during Friday’s Division II girls district swimming meet at Bowling Green State University.

BOWLING GREEN – Napoleon senior Kaylee Nagel won a pair of titles at the Division II Girls District II Swimming Championships Friday at Bowling Green State University.

Nagel won the 50 and 100 free races and will make her fourth straight appearance at the state meet next week at Canton McKinley High School. The top two finishers in each event earned automatic qualifications.

Nagel won the 50 free in a time of 23.63 and the 100 free in 52.29.

“I’m so excited,” said Nagel. “My goal was to be in a good place for state. I look forward to seeing my friends and swimming with them all again.”

“She had a great start, especially in the 50,” said Napoleon swim coach Denise Brown. “She had a nice second half in the 100 to bring that home. This was a great meet for her; now let’s see what she can do at state.”

Also winning a pair of district titles was Archbold freshman Elizabeth Theobald. Theobald, who trains with the Napoleon swim team, won the 100 butterfly in a time of 58.45 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.54.

The Lady Cats placed 10th in the team standings with 113 points. Oak Harbor won the girls team title with 250 points, followed by Ontario with 181 and Wauseon was third with 175 points.

Wauseon had a couple of automatic state qualifiers, as Grace Rhoades placed second in the 200 free (2:02.39) and Magdalena Duden was runner-up in the 500 free (5:26.72). Rhoades was third in the 500, while Myley McGinnis-Marshall was fourth in the same event for the Lady Indians.

McGinnis-Marshall was third in the 200, while Duden placed sixth.

Wauseon also placed fifth in the 400 free relay and ninth in the 200 free relay.

Napoleon’s Hope Buchhop placed on the podium in a pair of events, placing sixth in the 500 (5:35.10) and eighth in the 200 (2:04.97). In the 200, Buchhop had to swim from the third heat to move onto the podium.

“She swam an excellent meet,” said Brown. “Her goal was to get to the podium, even though there is no podium (due to COVID-19 regulations at BGSU).”

Other place finishers for Napoleon were Mary Carpenter, 20th in the 200 and 12th in the 500 free; Addyson Speiser, 24th in the 200 free and 15th in the 500 free; Nastya Konstantinova, 21st in the 200 IM and 19th in the 100 butterfly; Kalista Zapata, 20th in the 100 butterfly; and Macee Spesier, 16th in the 500 free. The Lady Cats also placed 13th in the 200 free relay and 10th in the 400 free relay.

“We swam amazing,” said Brown. “Everyone swam their best times, even the ones that weren’t rested swan better times than at sectionals. I am very pleased with the meet.”

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