February 28, 2018
The Raider 14 & Under Junior Olympic team grew by one athlete last night. Selini Ranatunga, 11, from Centerville makes the trip to Keating Natatorium in Cincinnati to swim the 200-yard butterfly. Her 2:44.23 eclipsed the JO Standard of 2:45.39 and qualifies her to this year's state meet. Way to go, Selini! Other Raiders achieving new Junior Olympic qualifications are Wyatt Rosengarten, 11, from Huber Heights 50 Breast (:36.49), Hayden Quigley, 12, from Oakwood 200 Breast (2:54.99), Ross Melton, 8, from Bellbrook 100 Breast (1:31.92), and Josh Butler, 11, from Centerville 400 IM (5:21.76).
Those in attendance at the Cincinnati Time Trial witnessed a rare treat.
The Dayton Raider senior boys and the Cincinnati Marlins boys coordinated a matchup in the 200 Medley Relay. The stakes? A potential all-time Keating Natatorium Pool Record. Think about all those past US Olympians that have swim at that pool since the 1960's. The Raider boys edged out the Marlins in a blistering 1:30.84 to 1:31.37 (previous pool record was 1:31.40). John Sampson, 17 from Spring Valley led off the backstroke in :23.02, followed by Nick Perera, 18, from Sharonville swimming the breast in :26.24, followed by Jean-Pierre Khouzam, 15, from Xenia swimming the Fly leg in :21.68, and the closer Joe Pohlmann, 18, from Beavercreek brought home the freestyle in :19.90 while the Marlins closer, Justin Grender, also went a sub :20 freestyle.