SWIMMING: Deubler and Taylor crowned WBL champions

DEFIANCE — St. Marys’ Madison Taylor’s diving title and Jared Deubler’s record-setting performance in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke event headlined the Roughrider boys and girls swim teams competition at the Western Buckeye League Championships at the Defiance YMCA on Thursday and Saturday.

Taylor , a Memorial High School freshman, won convincingly with a 308.45 score on Thursday — 20 points clear of a trio of Celina divers who finished second, third and fourth.  Celina’s Dethora Hasenjager finished second.

Deubler, a St. Marys sophomore, won the boys 100 backstroke title with a WBL-record 57.02-second time. Deubler’s record time eclipsed Matt Mangen’s time of 57.59 seconds from 2001. Deubler needed to break the record to win the title, as Wapakoneta’s Ryan Kremer also eclipsed the previous record with a 57.55-second time for second place.

Deubler added a third-place finish in the 200 yard individual medley (2:08.89).

Both the St. Marys boys and girls swim teams finished seventh. The Rider girls took seventh with 96 points. Shawnee captured the title with 285 points. Celina was second with 263 points.

The St. Marys boys finished seventh with 102 points. Shawnee’s boys won with 276 points and Celina was second with 210 points.

St. Marys junior Matt Hollman turned in a pair of top-four finishes for the Roughriders. Hollman took third place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.9. Hollman finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a 53.05-second pace.

The Rider girls 200-yard medley relay team of Molly Hertenstein, Megan Hertenstein, Molly Menker and Courtney Steele finished fourth with a 2:09.38 time.

The St. Marys boys 200-yard medley relay team of Deubler, Hollman, Dakota Braun and Taylor Grant took fifth (1:50.27).

The Riders’ Molly Hertenstein finished fifth in the girls 200-yard individual medley with a 2:31.09 time.

Menker was fifth in the girls 50-yard freestyle (26.65 seconds).