DARKE COUNTY — Versailles had an excellent swimming season with many swimmers competing at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state meet.
Among those state qualifiers were a pair of seniors who helped guide the Tigers to those lofty heights and now are being recognized as The Daily Advocate’s swimmers of the year.
The Daily Advocate’s 2013-14 Boys Swimmer of the Year is Versailles senior Mitchell Stover, and The Daily Advocate’s 2013-14 Girls Swimmer of the Year is Versailles senior Hannah Marshal.
Stover finished off his illustrious high school swimming career by winning Versailles’ first ever state championship in swimming. He won the Division II 100-yard butterfly at state with a time of 50.15.
The future Wright State University swimmer also finished sixth in the backstroke at state, was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that placed seventh at state and was a member of the 400 freestyle relay that placed 10th at state.
“He did sacrifice a little in the backstroke as the 200 free relay was right before the backstroke,” Versailles swimming coach Penny Cromwell said. “However, Mitchell stated, ‘It might hurt me a little bit, but in the long run I think it’s good for the team, and I want the team to do the best they possibly can do.’”
Among other accomplishments, he won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke at the Vandalia Butler Invitational and the Lima Holiday Invitational. At Lima he broke meet records in both of those events.
He also won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the Southwest District Classic, which was held at Miami University and St. Xavier High School.
Stover led Darke County swimmers in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly this year. He set numerous school and meet records throughout his high school career.
Marshal holds the school record in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke. She also was part of Versailles’ record-setting 200 medley and 400 free relays.
At state Marshal placed 15th in backstroke and swam the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay, which finished eighth in the state. She also swam on the 400 freestyle relay, which finished 12th at state.
Marshal, whose main event was the backstroke, broke a minute for the first time at the district meet in the 100 backstroke. She had the best time in Darke County in that event.
Marshal received one of four scholarships from the Southwest Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Friends of the Classic Foundation. The recipients of the scholarship exemplify the highest standards in sportsmanship, academic achievement, community service and outstanding leadership.
“Hannah’s hard work and dedication has paid off,” Cromwell said.