DARKE COUNTY – The 2011-12 school year has seen many record-setting performances from Darke County athletes.
This year’s Darke County swimming MVPs shattered records throughout the season as they led Versailles to its most successful season in program history.
The 2011-12 Darke County boys and girls swimming MVPs are Versailles’ Mitchell Stover and Versailles’ Bailey Marshal.
Stover was a dominating swimmer for Versailles throughout the season, posting the best times among Darke County swimmers in numerous events including the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly.
“He works extremely hard in practice and has the drive and determination to be successful,” Versailles swimming coach Penny Cromwell said. “In one of the postseason meets, he wrote down his goal times on a small sheet of paper and carried it in his pocket the entire day. Even though Mitchell is just a sophomore, he knows what he wants to accomplish and he will do anything to help his team. I’m looking forward to having Mitchell on the swim team for a couple more years. We will continue to see great swimming times from Mitchell.”
The Versailles sophomore set eight individual school records this season and was part of two record-setting relay team. He also set three individual meet records and two relay meet records.
“Mitchell Stover broke his first school record early in the season (early December) and didn’t stop breaking records throughout the season,” Cromwell said.
He set the Versailles 100-yard freestyle record at 50.78 on Dec. 20, the 200-yard freestyle record at 1:49.06 on Feb. 4, the 500-yard freestyle record at 4:55.21 on Dec. 29, the 50-yard backstroke record at 25.71 on Feb. 17, the 100-yard backstroke record at 54.82 on Feb. 23, the 200-yard backstroke record at 2:00.53 on Jan. 15, the 100-yard butterfly record at 54.90 on Dec. 16 and the 200-yard individual medley record at 1:56.98 on Feb. 10.
He teamed with Cole Albers, Samuel Prakel and Andrew Karmer on Feb. 17 to set the 400-yard freestyle relay record at 3:26.40. Also on Feb. 17 he teamed with Albers, Sam Subler and Prakel to set the 200-yard medley relay record at 1:43.57.
Stover was the lone Darke County boys swimmer to advance to state this year, placing 15th in the Division II boys 200-yard individual medley and 16th in the Division II boys 100-yard backstroke.
“Mitchell not only qualified to swim in two individual events at the state meet – the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard backstroke – but he qualified to swim in the finals in both events,” Cromwell said.
Like Stover, Marshal was a dominant swimmer for Versailles and had Darke County’s best times in several events including the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly.
“She started the season strong and just got stronger throughout the season,” Cromwell said. “To help the team be successful, Bailey will swim any event that I ask her to swim.”
The Versailles junior set three individual school records this season and was part of three record-setting relay teams. She also set two individual meet records and one relay meet record.
Marshal set Versailles’ 50-yard freestyle record at 24.49 on Feb. 18, the 100-yard freestyle record at 53.83 on Feb. 18 and the 100-yard backstroke record at 1:00.53 on Jan. 14.
She teamed with Abby Barlage, Hannah Marshal and Amber Seibert to set the 200-yard freestyle relay record at 1:41.08 on Feb. 18, teamed with Seibert, Nicole Frantz and Hannah Marshal to set the 400-yard freestyle relay record at 3:42.23 on Feb. 18 and teamed with Hannah Marshal, Seibert and Frantz to set the 400-yard medley relay record at 4:18.20 on Jan. 14.
“At the beginning of the season, I asked each swimmer to write down a couple of goals,” Cromwell said. “Bailey wrote ‘make it to state in an individual event and on a relay and have fun.’ I think Bailey met her goals. I am looking forward to having Bailey return to the swim team for her senior year. We will continue to see great swimming times from Bailey.”
Marshal advanced to the state meet in two individual events and two relays. She placed 15th in the 50-yard freestyle and 21st in the 100-yard freestyle. She was part of Versailles’ 13th place 200-yard freestyle relay team and the 15th place 400-yard freestyle relay team.
“Bailey Marshal, a junior, qualified to swim in four events at the Ohio state championship meet in February – 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay – and qualified to swim in the finals in three of those events,” Cromwell said. “Bailey and her sister, Hannah, are the first females from Versailles High School to qualify to compete in the maximum amount of events at the state meet.”