Crane's big day paces Columbus at city swim championships

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 24, 2014 

Columbus High girls swimmer Lauren Crane set a meet record, two personal records and qualified for a state event at the city swimming championships on Friday at the Columbus aquatic center.

With her leading the way, as well as strong performances from a number of other swimmers, the Blue Devils were able to take first in both the boys and girls meets.

Crane had arguably the biggest day for any swimmer, though. Having already qualified for state in the 100 freestyle, Crane added the 200 free to the mix in impressive fashion. She ran the race in 2:03.76 to set a meet record.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Crane said. “I just wanted to make state, but I was never expecting to go out and set the meet record. But it’s awesome. It shows that the hard work is paying off.”

In swimming, Crane said, you can go a long time without seeing your work bear fruit.

“Sometimes, all the results just kind of hit at once,” she said.

That was what happened on Friday.

In addition to the meet record and state qualifying time, she set a personal best in the 100 butterfly (1:07.31), though she will not compete at state in the event. She will compete at state on the medley relay and 400 free relay teams.

“Lauren is just one of those swimmers that you dream about,” Columbus coach Karen Waters said after the meet. “She has a great attitude, she gives great support. She started swimming for me as a freshman and at the time didn’t commit completely to it. She’s committed now.”

Crane, a junior, competed in one individual event at state last year. This year she will compete in the max number of events. Next year, Waters would like to see her placing among the state’s best.

“She just keeps getting better and better,” Waters said. “Right now, there’s no stopping her.”

As a whole, Columbus will send five boys to state and six girls. The boys will compete in the 200 free relay, the 400 free relay and Jorge Orderique in the 200 fly. Girls will take part in all three relays — the medley, 200 free and 400 free — and Crane will compete in the 100 free and 100 fly.

Hardaway, which took third as a team in both the girls and boys meets, did have a couple of impressive individual performances.

Alex Haymond and Mitchell Graham both set meet records, Haymond in the boys 50 free (22.84) and Graham in the boys 100 breast (1:06.23).

Both Haymond and Graham have qualified for state in those events. Graham has also qualified in the 100 free.

Behind Columbus’ 207 girls points and 188 boys points, Northside took second at 56 and 81, respectively. Hardaway finished with 46 and 50, and Shaw took fourth with 18 and 45.

City swim championships results

Boys 200 medley relay: Columbus Team A, 1:56.70

Girls 200 medley relay: Columbus Team A, 2:05.47

Boys 200 free: Godwin Chan, Columbus, 2:16.73

Girls 200 free: Lauren Crane, Columbus, 2:03.76

Boys 200 IM: Thomas Marsh, Columbus, 2:17.58

Girls 200 IM: Madelynn Kraft, Columbus, 2:36.42

Boys 50 free: Alex Haymond, Hardaway, 22.84

Girls 50 free: Molade Olubawale, Columbus, 27.98

Boys 100 fly: Jorge Orderique, Columbus, 58.67

Girls 100 fly: Lauren Crane, Columbus, 1:07.31

Boys 100 free: Mitchell Graham, Hardaway, 52.21

Girls 100 free: Nyssa Goodroe, Columbus, 1:01.15

Boys 500 free: Jorge Orderique, Columbus, 5:47.60

Girls 500 free: Nyssa Goodroe, Columbus, 6:00.68

Boys 200 free relay: Columbus Team A, 1:43.74

Girls 200 free relay: Columbus Team A, 1:56.30

Boys 100 back: Thomas Marsh, Columbus, 1:01.72

Girls 100 back: Allie Murphy, Columbus, 1:12.16

Boys 100 breast: Mitchell Graham, Hardaway, 1:06.23

Girls 100 breast: Molade Olubawale, Columbus, 1:18.76

Boys 400 free relay: Columbus Team A, 3:48.40

Girls 400 free relay: Columbus Team A, 4:16.98

Boys 1m diving: Chris Malcomb, Columbus, 151.15

Girls 1m diving: Lauren Duncan, Columbus, 157.25

Team results

Boys

1. Columbus, 188

2. Northside, 81

3. Hardaway, 50

4. Shaw, 45

Girls

1. Columbus, 207

2. Northside, 56

3. Hardaway, 46

4. Shaw, 18

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