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July 20, 2018

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Headed to USA Swimming Junior Olympics

Four Bluffton swimmers - Riley Verb, Jackson Bowlus, Jenna Downey, June Essinger

Four local swimmers will compete at the Ohio Junior Olympics long course championship meet July 19-22 in Oxford, Ohio, at Miami University.

They will represent the Lima Y USA Swimming team, and the Putnam County USA Swimming Team. All four swimmers are students in the Bluffton school district.


Kenton hosts two-day tennis tournament

The Kenton High School tennis program will hold a two-day tournament Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, at the Kenton High School tennis courts.

The event is a fund-raiser for the tennis program. The schedule follows:

Saturday, July 28

Matches start at 9 a.m. – middle school singles, high school and adult singles

Sunday, July 29

Matches start at 9 a.m. - Elementary singles, high school doubles, adult doubles


Bluffton Sardines in solid 3rd place at WOAL meet

Final events on Saturday in Wapak

Bluffton Sardines swim team is in a sold third place after the first day of the Western Ohio Aquatics League champships in Wapakoneta.

Combined team scores at end of Friday:
1 - Westside 1,593.5 points
2 - Wapakoneta Waves 1,397
3 - Bluffton Sardines 1,036
4 - Ada Gators 681
5 - Shawnee 567
6 - Kenton 534
7 - Van Wert 304
8 - Sherwood 284.5

Attached is the complete results from Friday's events.


Swimming record breakers

Here are the Bluffton Sardine swim team 11/12 girls relay team that has beaten both the 200 medley relay record and the 200 free style relay record this summer.

From top left is Rory Youngpeter and Izzy Stechschulte. From bottom left is Ella Armstrong and Macy Wilson. (Rae Staton photo).


Bluffton Sardines to swim for gold at WOAL champs July 13-14

148 swimmers on this year's team

 With 115 swimmers, Bluffton’s Sardines have high expectations for a top-team finish at the Western Ohio Aquatics League championships July 13-14 at the Wapakoneta city pool.

The eight teams make up the WOAL are from Ada, Bluffton, Kenton, Shawnee, Sherwood/Lima, VanWert, Wapakoneta, and Westside/Lima.

“The Bluffton Sardines have grown into a very competitive swim program and we have high hopes for a strong showing at the WOAL championship meet this year,” said Bob Verb, head coach.


These Sardines are for real

Bluffton 884 - Kenton Stingrays 372

Bluffton Sardines proved they can swim with the big fish as the swim team keeps winning. On July 2 in a home meet, Bluffton defeated Kenton Stingrays 884 to 372. The girls' team outscored the visitors 437 to 189. The boys outscored Kenton 447 to 183.

Meet results attached at bottom of story -

Individual record breakers last night: