Mason swimmers sink state power Upper Arlington again

The Mason swim team has done it again.

For the second consecutive winter, the Comets have handed state power — and defending state champ — Upper Arlington a loss in a dual meet.

The girls defeated Upper Arlington in the defending champ’s pool 126-60, winning all 11 swimming events. The boys claimed a 101-79 decision, winning eight events.

“This is a huge win for both our programs,” Mason coach Mark Sullivan said. “Our girls showed tremendous depth.”

Juniors Leanna Wall and Harna Minezawa led the way with two wins each. Wall claimed the 200 and 500 free while Minezawa won the 50 free and 100 fly.

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Mason made it a clean sweep with Allison Bloebaum winning the 200 IM, McKenzie Grau the 100 free, Lauren Thomas the 100 back and Reese Lugbill the 100 breast.

Freshman Karina Ashton was third in diving while Grace Daubemmerkl was fourth and Julia Dilley fifth.

“Our three divers competed well,” Sullivan said.

The boys were led by juniors Scott Shepherd, Lonnie Chien, Karson Walker and Matthew Wagner.

Shepherd claimed the 50 free and 100 back while Chien won the 100 fly and Walker the 100 free.

Wagner also won the diving event.

In addition, Mason swept all three relays.

Little Miami: The Panthers wrestling team is starting to make a name for itself.

Little Miami has recorded three top five finishes and was in the middle of the pack at the SouthWestern Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Holiday Tournament at Harrison High School.

The Panthers opened the season with a fourth-place finish at Sidney with Grant Frith and Ben Blevins each winning championships.

Casey Lawrence and Ben Blevins got in on the gold rush at the Edgewood Invitational as the Panthers missed claiming the team title by two points in finishing second to Miamisburg.

While they didn’t have a champ, Little Miami was third at the Beavercreek Classic, missing out on knocking off the host for second place by 2.5 points.

Little Miami was 23rd out of 47 teams at the SWOWCA with Blevins finishing seventh and Michael Magill eighth.

Little Miami defeated Kings 71-12 in a dual and just missed beating Centerville, falling 38-31.

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