New Bremen's Niekamp to Compete at State Diving

Staff Writer

New Bremen freshman Vivian Niekamp finished sixth in the Division II girls diving competition in Oak Harbor to punch her ticket for this week’s state tournament.

Niekamp, whose 359.3 score was good for a sixth-place finish in Northwest Ohio, has the 17th-best qualifiying score heading into the state meet in Canton.

C.T. Branin Natatorium at Canton McKinley High School, in the shadow of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, hosts the state swimming and diving events. The Division II girls diving event took place  at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, which occured after print deadline for this newspaper.

Niekamp, who won the sectional meet in Lima with a 385.8 score, moved on to the district, where she battled 31 other divers for the chance to reach state.

Minster Swimmers End Seasons at District

BOWLING GREEN — Swimmers from Minster, New Bremen and Marion Local ended their 2017-2018 seasons at the district meet at Bowling Green State University last weekend. The Minster girls 400 yard freestyle relay team of senior Claire Borgerding, sophomore Emma Watcke, junior Madeline Magoto and junior Kaitlynn Albers finished eighth. Minster junior Kaitlynn Albers finished ninth in the girls 200 yard freestyle event and took 13th in the 500 freestyle. Minster senior Claire Borgerding took 21st in the 200 yard freestyle and 26th in the 100 freestyle. Minster sophomore Emma Watcke took 24th in the 500 freestyle and  27th in the 200 yard freestyle. Minster junior Madeline Magoto finished 24th in the 100 butterfly and 24th in the 100 breaststroke. Minster’s 200 yard medley relay team of sophomore Rachel Kitzmiller, junior Madeline Magoto, senior Mariana Slonkosky and junior Kaitlynn Albers finished 16th. The Minster girls 200 yard freestyle relay team of   Borgerding,   Watcke,  Rachel Kitzmiller and  Marian Slonkosky took 18th. The Minster boys 200 yard individual medley relay team of freshman Nicholas Clune, freshman Joseph Magoto, freshman Ben Stammen and junior Grant Beair took 22nd. Magoto finished 24th individually in the 100 butterfly. Stammen took 28th in the 100 butterfly. Clune finished 21st in the 100 yard backstroke. The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Clune, Magoto, Stammen and Beair took 22nd.