The 2012-2013 swim season ended for the BHS swimmers on Saturday at the OHSAA District Swim Meet at OSU McCorkle Center.
“The seven girls did an outstanding job, putting their best efforts into the events,” said head coach Bobbi Jo Johnson. “As for our lone boy, Christopher Baker, his outstanding four-year career came to an end.”
The girl group who had qualified the most girls in the history of BHS swimming had qualified in two relays and five individual events. Carolyn Blattler 200 IM-finished 26th (2:39.77) and 100 free finished 27th (1:02.65). In the 50 free-Gabby Fulst finished 23rd ((28.30), Myka Gordon 28th (28.54) and Olivia Jones finished 29th (28.59). For the 200 Free relay (Blattler, Gordon, Fulst, Jones) finished 13th with the season’s best time for 1:53.11. For the 400 Free Relay (McMillen, Starr, Wells, Gordon) finished 17th (4:24.17) making the highest move up in the team’s results from 21st place.
“The girls did a great job, they were up against teams –even local teams — that are in the pool on a daily basis. I was thrilled by the fact that we qualified as many as we did and that was our goal at the beginning of the season,” said Johnson. “When the team arrived at the pool, we made sure to look at the podium and kind of made a deal to get there soon! Again, I cannot say enough about the girls and their families, they worked hard, swam hard and supported each other. What else does a coach need?”
Christopher Baker ended a great swim career at BHS High School. Christopher stepped into the OSU pool twice on Saturday, giving it his best effort of the season, but wasn’t able to make that step to the State Championships. In the 200 IM, Christopher’s best time of the season had been 2:09.39 and he finished with a 2:05.95 finishing 6th and in the 500 Free. His best time of the season had been 5:11.23 and he finished with a 5:02.98 finishing 5th.
“I know Christopher was disappointed. He has been to states twice and wanted to return one more time. I can’t say enough about his determination and effort today. The times were fast, very fast and he went with them, but didn’t make it,” Johnson said. “Christopher’s career as a swimmer at BHS has been outstanding.”
Baker has won at least eight OVAC medals, mostly gold, made the top 10 in the Central Districts on swimmmeet.com, been on the Times-Leader All Swim team four years straight, made it to District swims on relays and individually for four years and has been to the OHSAA Swim Championships twice, the first time as the first boy from Belmont County (not a foreign exchange student). “As far has accolades in swimming he has done it all. He has given us thrills and excitement that won’t be recreated for a while. Christopher and his family will leave an empty spot in the pool and in the stands,” Johnson said.
The team will hold their award dinner sometime in March. Barnesville Summer Swim will begin in approximately three months.