Deubler wins WBL title in 100 backstroke, re-sets league record time

DEFIANCE — St. Marys senior Jared Deubler took back the Western Buckeye League title and the league record time in the 100 backstroke.

Deubler finished the event in a record-setting 54.88-second time to take the title after the twice-postponed WBL championships finally got into the pool.  

Deubler, who won the 100 backstroke and set the WBL record in 2012 with a 57.02-second time, finished second to Van Wert’s Eric Easley in 2013. Easley broke Deubler’s mark with a 55.85-second time. Deubler got the better of Easley and the rest of the field on Wednesday by re-setting the record. Britton Weigt of Shawnee was second and Easley took third (59.31). Deubler finished second as a freshman in the event.

St. Marys junior Molly Menker had a big day in the pool on Wednesday, picking up a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a 2:06.3 time and a sixth-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a 58.1-second time. She also was part of the fifth-place 400 freestyle relay team and the sixth-place 200 freestyle relay team.

The Riders had success in the diviing competition held last Thursday. St. Marys junior and defending WBL champion Madison Taylor finished third with a 334.85 score.

The long wait was worth it for the Celina boys swim team, which picked up the Western Buckeye League’s swimming and diving championship along with the Ottawa-Glandorf girls team on Wednesday at the Defiance YMCA.

Celina’s boys scored 249 points to top Shawnee’s 226 points and third place Wapakoneta’s 214 points. St. Marys finished sixth with 98 points.

O-G’s girls earned the title by edging out second-place Wapakoneta’s 245 points and third-place Celina’s 203.5 points.  St. Marys took sixth with 107 points.