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Warren swimmers bring home 3 D10 titles

Warren senior Katie Beyer won her third straight District 10 2A championship in the 200-yard freestyle on Friday at S.P.I.R.E. Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Photo submitted to Times Observer

GENEVA, Ohio — It wasn’t one, or two, but three District 10 titles for Warren swimming after the first day of the D10 championships on Friday at S.P.I.R.E. Institute.

Katie Beyer three-peated, Hugh Harrison repeated, and a Warren relay team overcame top-seeded McDowell to win the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Beyer, a senior, is the defending PIAA Class 2A champion in the 200 freestyle, and now a three-time District 10 champion. She again broke her own school record with a 1:52.57, matching the winning 200 free time in 3A boys.

“She wants the 100 free (on Saturday),” said Warren coach Russ Beyer, “because she hasn’t won that event at districts.”

Seeded first, senior Max Harrison finished second in the 50 free.

Warren sophomore Hugh Harrison, center, and senior Derek Hahn, right, finished first and third respectively in the 200 individual medley on Friday at the District 10 3A championships at S.P.I.R.E. Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Photo submitted to Times Observer

“The 50 dash didn’t go as planned, and the race is so tight…, but he’s using that as motivation in the 100, for sure,” said coach Beyer.

Max Harrison started the Class 3A 200 free relay with a 22.64, Graham Carr obliterated his career-best 50 with a 22.75, Derek Hahn blistered a 22.14, and “when Hugh (Harrison) was ahead of him by the flag, I knew we had them,” said coach Beyer.

Hugh Harrison’s 50 time of 21.18 seconds ensured a 1:28.71 win to McDowell’s 1:29.79.

“They just missed their record,” said coach Beyer.

Sophomore Hugh Harrison made it 2-for-2 as he defended his freshman championship in the 200 individual medley by obliterating his school record of just over two minutes in 1:56.33.

From left, Max Harrison, Graham Carr, Hugh Harrison and Derek Hahn won the District 10 3A 200 freestyle relay title. Photo submitted to Times Observer

Beyer said Warren swimmers will attempt to win more events on Saturday, and their motivation has never been higher.

Hahn broke a school record in the 100 butterfly (previously held by Hugh Harrison), finishing second in 52.81 seconds.

Inspiration also comes from swimmers just outside the top-six medal winners. Kirstin Johnson was seeded at 2:28.55 in the girls’ 2A 200 IM, and finished seven seconds faster for seventh place.

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