Yellow Springs’ small numbers make big splash at swim meet

01/22/2011

WASHINGTON TWP. — Quantity? No. Quality? Absolutely.

The Yellow Springs High School swim team doesn’t even number in double digits as the Bulldogs have just six swimmers on the roster — five girls and one boy. But what they lack in size, they make up for in speed.

Yellow Springs swimmers clinched two first-place finishes in the preliminaries of the Southwest Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Classic at the Washington Township Recreation Center on Saturday.

Erika Chick won the 200-yard freestyle by more than three seconds, 1:56.47 to 1:59.90, over Miamisburg’s Anna Weisman. And teammate Elizabeth Malone edged out Centerville’s Rachel Mays in the 100-yard butterfly. Chick and Malone had the second and third best times, respectively, among the swimmers from all seven Classic qualifying sites from Dayton to Cincinnati.

“There aren’t a lot of Yellow Springs swimmers here but there are a lot of Raiders,” Chick said of her club team.

For Bulldogs’ first-year swim coach Andrew Sellers, the sparse Yellow Springs team is in stark contrast to his alma mater — Centerville. The Elks had 104 swimmers at the Classic on Saturday, the most athletes of any school at the Washington Twp. site. Fairmont had 90 swimmers on deck.

“It’s nothing like the kind of team I was used to swimming on but, as a coach, it’s kind of nice,” Sellers said. “It’s easier for me to identify with each of the kids and give them the individual attention they need.”