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3 more D10 champions crowned

Photo submitted to Times Observer Warren’s Hugh Harrison won the D10 3A 100 backstroke title, with teammates Graham Carr fourth, Jack Seyler sixth, and Cristian Johnson seventh on Saturday at the boys’ swimming championships at S.P.I.R.E. Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

GENEVA, OHIO — This is arguably the best swimming and diving team Warren has ever had.

On day two of the District 10 swimming championships on Saturday, the Dragons added nine medals compared to seven on Friday.

“During my tenure, this ranks as the most successful districts that Warren swimming and diving has ever had,” said Warren head coach Russ Beyer. “We never had four individual wins and two relay wins as well. This also has been the most representation over my eight years. We had 18 people swim and 2 divers.”

After senior Katie Madigan secured her second straight D10 2A diving title, Warren added three swimming championships on Friday, and then three more on Saturday.

Senior Katie Beyer, the reigning PIAA 2A champion in the 200-yard freestyle, won her third straight D10 title in the event on Friday, sophomore Hugh Harrison repeated in the boys’ D10 3A 200 free, and the Warren relay team overcame top-seeded McDowell to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Warren’s Katie Beyer won a second title on Saturday by a school-record time in the 100 free at the D10 2 A girls’ swimming championships at S.P.I.R.E. Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

On Saturday, Beyer captured her first District 10 2A 100 free victory, Harrison the 100 backstroke title, and Warren’s 400 free relay team of Max Harrison, Graham Carr, Derek Hahn, and Hugh Harrison cruised to a district win by 10 seconds.

“The whole weekend was electric and nail-biting,” said coach Beyer. “So many close races and records broken. Our kids came to race and they didn’t back down from any challenge.”

Katie Beyer’s 100 free win on Saturday broke the school record by .01 seconds in 52.21 seconds.

Hugh Harrison’s 100 back win broke the school record as well in 52.32 seconds, beating second-place Nick Publicover of McDowell by over three seconds.

Harrison then joined his brother, Max, Carr and Hahn to win their second relay in two days — this time the 400 free relay as the top seed in 3:20.90. McDowell was second in 3:31.25.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Warren’s 400 free relay team of High Harrison, Derek Hahn, Max Harrison and Graham Carr claimed the gold medal by over 10 seconds on Saturday at the D10 3A boys’ swimming championships at S.P.I.R.E. Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Hugh Harrison brought home four gold medals, and his brother Max — a senior — two relay golds and two silver in the 50 free and 100 free.

“The boys’ team placed second overall and just missed three more wins by a combined 1.12 seconds,” said coach Beyer.

McDowell won the three-team 3A boys’ meet with 381 points to Warren’s 333.

Connor Fehlman was second in the boys’ 500 free in 5:43.66, dropping his season-best time by 14.22 seconds. Fehlman was also fifth in the 100 breaststroke and Brody Alexander sixth.

In addition to Hugh Harrison’s school-record-breaking win in the 100 back, Carr was fourth and Jack Seyler sixth to earn medals.

The Warren girls’ team was eighth out of 19 teams. Villa Maria won in a landslide.

Kirstin Johnson was sixth to medal in the 2A girls’ 100 back in 1:02.23, or a 3.6-second improvement.

“Very happy for all of our swimmers and divers,” said coach Beyer. “They performed to their best abilities and achieved many goals. Such a devoted and hard-working group. Probably the team that really focused on being not just competitive, but desired to be great.”

Every gold medalist during this weekend’s meet automatically advanced to PIAA competition, scheduled for March 16-19 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.

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