29th Annual Southwest Ohio High School Swimming & Diving Classic


When: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15.

Diving prelims: Miami University, Mason Community Center, Milford H.S., and Trotwood-Madison H.S.; 1 p.m. Sat. Diving finals: University of Cincinnati; 9 a.m. Sun.

Swimming prelims: Beavercreek YMCA, Countryside YMCA, Miami University, Mason H.S., Milford H.S., Trotwood-Madison H.S., and Washington Twp. Rec Center. 8 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Swimming finals: Keating Natatorium, St. Xavier H.S. 6:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

INFORMATION: 2012 marks the twenty ninth anniversary for the Southwest Classic which remains the largest invitational of its kind in the United States. The meet has grown so large the preliminaries are being held at eight locations for the twenty second year. Approximately 120 schools entering over 3050 swimmers and 160 divers are expected to participate in this year’s Classic. The Classic is unusual because the swimmers compete not only in high school events but also the longer NCAA and USA Swimming events. The Southwest Ohio Swimming Officials Association (SWOSOA) continues to sponsor this meet. Through meet proceeds, donations and sponsor advertising, SWOSOA has established an athlete scholarship fund and for the thirteenth year will be offering six $750 scholarships to three senior boys and three senior girls this year.

Ursuline Academy will be trying for their second consecutive girl’s title. Names to watch for the girls in this year’s Classic are: Swimming - Marisa Pulaski, Centerville; Eleanore Hong & Sydney Lofquist, Dayton Oakwood; Elizabeth Heinbach & Hannah Vester, Indian Hills; Natalie Rohr, Kettering Fairmont; Morgan Emter & Zoe Thatcher, Mason; Sara Krueger, McAuley; Lauren Bass, Oak Hills; Emma Kiefer, Sidney Lehman Catholic; Kendra Crew, Springfield Shawnee; Sarah May, Sycamore; Kaitlyn Ferrara & Betsy Zilch, St. Ursula; Valerie Borger & Molly Hazelbaker, Turpin; Bridget Blood, Alisabeth Marsteller, Emily Slabe & Temarie Tomley, Ursuline; Sarah Gibbons & Rachel Theiler, Wyoming; Erika Chick, Yellow Springs. Diving - Hannah Collins, Bellbrook; Morgan Mullins, Centerville; Ellen Russo, Cincinnati Hills; Jamie Schindler, Dayton Christian; Megan Helwagen, Mason; Emily Moser, St. Ursula; Andrianna DiMasso, Sycamore.

The meet draws many college coaches who come to look over the area swimmers. It will be taped for cablecast as has been done in past years. A video feed is available from the Waycross Community Television truck. Also, check out the Classic’s Web site at www.swimmeet.com for real-time information about the meet, swimmers, entry times, and results of preliminaries and finals.