By Dan Woodlock
Times-Junction Sports Editor
In his final regular season high school race, Austin Strayer scripted a perfect ending to his Senior Night festivities.
He picked up Willard’s lone win of the evening in their Tuesday night Northern Ohio League tri-meet with Shelby and Ontario at the Shelby YMCA.
Strayer swam his way to first place in the boys 100 Yard Breaststroke, taking the race comfortably by over four seconds with a time of 1:27.34. His nearest competitors, Charlie Komives of Ontario and Alex Moore of Shelby, were each 4.12 and 4.58 seconds behind.
He was narrowly edged out for second place in the 50 Freestyle, as Shelby’s Noah John swam a 27.62-second race for runner-up honors. Strayer was third at 27.7 seconds.
The WHS senior also joined the Flashes’ second place 200 Medley Relay squad of Mitchell Carnahan, Levi Hill and Gavin Buurma that notched a time of 2:24.28.
Alyssa Strayer garnered a second place time in the girls 400 Yard Freestyle, posting a 6:22.57. Jessica Beamer added third place points at 6:45.78.
Hill swam his way to a third place showing in the 100 Freestyle (1:09.08), while Lindsay Holbrook tallied a pair of third place races on the evening in the 50 Freestyle (33.45) and the 100 Backstroke (1:28.51). Alyssa Strayer added to her strong effort with a third place swim in the 100 Breaststroke (1:39.02).
The Flashes and Lady Flashes begin Sectional competition on Saturday, February 7 at Malabar in Mansfield.
Additional WHS results: Girls 200 Medley Relay--4th: Strayer, Beamer, Holbrook, Jenna Moore (2:41.2); Girls 50 Free--6th: Moore (40.48); Boys 50 Free--5th: Buurma (30.9); Girls 100 Free--5th: Moore (1:33.49), 6th: Emily Nedolast (1:36.56); Boys 100 Free--5th: Carnahan (1:18.42); Girls 200 Free Relay--3rd: Strayer, Moore, Beamer, Holbrook (2:24.62); Boys 200 Free Relay--3rd: Hill, Carnahan, Buurma, Strayer (2:02.75); Boys 100 Back--5th: Carnahan (1:37.35), 6th: Buurma (1:40.75); Girls 100 Breaststroke--5th: Jessica Beamer (1:46.51); Boys 100 Breaststroke--4th: Hill (1:38.88); Girls 400 Free Relay--Kendyll Lykins, KeyAuna Spearman, Serenity Sparkman, Nedolast (6:55.32); Girls 50 Free JV--7th: Lykins (40.74), 8th: Nedolast (41.28), 12th: Spearman (43.12), 14th: Sparkman (48.41); Girls 100 Free JV--9th: Lykins (1:39.23), 11th: Sparkman (1:50.36), 12th: Spearman (1:50.91)