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BARBIEA, THATCHER, CALDWELL WIN TITLES AT NATION'S LARGEST HS MEET

The Southwest Ohio Classic Swim Meet concluded following last Sunday night Finals at Keating Natatorium at St Xavier High School. This year's largest High School meet in the country featured more than 3,000 athletes representing 110 schools across southwest Ohio at seven (7) preliminary sites. Manta Rays Dani Barbiea (SR-Sprinboro HS), Zoe Thatcher (FR-Mason HS), and Austin Caldwell (SR-Loveland HS) fought their way through their local preliminary sites in the morning, and headed to St. X HS for finals at night, winning gold in this fast mid-season and unrested meet. The Classic is unique in that it features all USA swimming events rather than just the eleven (11) standard events used in High School competition.

  • Dani Barbiea (SR-Sprinboro HS) won three events - 50 Free 23.65 breaking a 26 year-old record, 100 Fly 56.46, 100 Free 51.26
  • Zoe Thatcher (FR-Mason HS) won three events - 200 Free 1:54.21, 500 Free 4:58.95 (7th year in a row a Manta Ray has won this event!), 1650 Free 16:54.92
  • Austin Caldwell (SR-Loveland HS) - 100 Free 47.06 1st, 50 Free, 21.66 2nd
  • Kellie Barbiea (SR-Springboro HS), Ashley Whiteley (JR-Springboro), Alisabeth Marsteller (FR-Ursuline), and John Galvin (JR-St. Xavier HS) all contributed to winning relays for their respective high schools.

To follow results for this meet, other major Ohio HS meets, and the state tournament held in February, click the Swimmeet.com logo on the left navigation bar on the team website. Congratulations!