March 8, 2024 at 11:40 p.m.

Patriots just miss clean sweep of ACAC

Allen County Athletic Conference
Brooklynn Byrum swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay for the Jay County Junior High School swim team on Friday during the Allen County Athletic Conference meet, hosted by the Patriots. Along with contributing to the girls’ ACAC championship, the relay team broke the meet record with a time of 2 minutes, 9.84 seconds. (The Commercial Review/Andrew Balko)
Brooklynn Byrum swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay for the Jay County Junior High School swim team on Friday during the Allen County Athletic Conference meet, hosted by the Patriots. Along with contributing to the girls’ ACAC championship, the relay team broke the meet record with a time of 2 minutes, 9.84 seconds. (The Commercial Review/Andrew Balko)

The boys and girls are both Allen County Athletic Conference champions.

If they had won just two more events, it would have been a clean sweep.

The Jay County Junior High swim team claimed 22 of 24 events Friday night as it hosted the ACAC meet.

The boys team swept all 12 events to score 399 points to take down runner-up Bluffton, which scored 359.

The girls team couldn’t secure victories in the 300-yard relay or the 1-meter diving, but still dominated by tallying 470 points to leave no doubt. Bluffton finished second with 430.

Beyond just winning the events, the Patriots displayed their talent by breaking seven ACAC meet records.

Cooper Glentzer set two alone as he topped the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 57.83 seconds and the 400 freestyle in 4:17.15.

The only other record broken on the boys side came from the 300 freestyle relay team. Rockland Beiswanger, Carson Westgerdes, Glentzer and Raif Beiswanger combined to swim a 2:48.2 in the event.

Three girls set a new ACAC standard in individual events. Maria Laux dominated the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:01.35.

Elly Byrum swam a 1:10.18 in the 100 backstroke to set the new standard.

The 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay were the other two girls events that had records broken.

Elly Byrum, Brooklynn Byrum, Kaitlyn Fisher and Laux opened the day with the first broken record by completing the 200 medley relay in 2:09.84.

The Byrums and Laux had Kali Wendel join them for the 200 freestyle relay that set the new ACAC record at 1:55.11.


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