Former Boardman swimmers excel at Grove City College


Westminster College seniors Mike Barringer and Mark Brooks and freshman Steven Brooks, all former Boardman High School swimmers, competed at the Grove City Invitational meet at Grove City College Feb. 16-18.

Barringer and Mark Brooks were members of four relays that placed in the meet. They placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:24.37), 200-yard medley relay (1:33.65) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:08.52). In the 400-yard medley, they won the event with a time of 3:25.34, which was a school record and also gave them a NCAA provisional cut.

Barringer also participated in the following individual events: seventh place in the 200 IM (1:58.57), third in the 100-yard freestyle (46.76), first place and PAC champion in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 50.18. He swam a school record, conference record and NCAA provisional cut time in the preliminary heat. His time of 49.89 beat former Boardman alumni Dave Gesacion’s time of 50.47 set in 2000.

Mark Brooks’ individual events were: seventh in the 50 freestyle (21.62), third and PAC champion in the 100 backstroke and first and PAC champion in the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.16).

Both Barringer and Mark Brooks were named first team All-PAC.

Steven Brooks placed 11th in the 50-yard freestyle (22.24), took eighth place in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.65) and sixth place in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 53.41. He was named second team All-PAC.

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