Lily Weeks

Lexington's Lily Weeks swims the 100 yard breaststroke during last week's sectional meet at Malabar.

BOWLING GREEN — Shelby’s Reyna Hoffman and Colonel Crawford’s Katie Hanft doubled up at the Division II Northwest District swim meet.

Hoffman and Hanft each won a pair of district titles, earning automatic state meet berths in the process.

The top two finishers in each district swimming event automatically qualify for next week’s state meet in Canton. The remainder of the field will be determined based on times from the four district meets.

A junior, Hoffman won district titles in the 100-yard backstroke (59.85 seconds) and the 200-individual medley (2:13.20). Both events were determined by a fraction of a second. Hoffman beat Oak Harbor freshman Skyler Turner to the wall by .04 in the 100 back. She edged Ottawa-Glandorf sophomore Marissa Beckett by .06 in the 200 IM.

Hanft, who also is a junior, won the 200 freestyle (2:00.66) and the 500 freestyle (5:25.82). She beat Wauseon sophomore Grace Rhoades (2:02.39) by almost two seconds in the 200 and edged Wauseon junior Magdalena Duden (5:26.72) by less than a second in the 500.

Lexington’s Lily Weeks earned an automatic berth in the 100 breaststroke, finishing second in 1:07.99. Archbold freshman Elizabeth Theobold won the event in 1:06.54.

Ontario’s 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams also grabbed state berths, placing second. The 200-freestyle relay team finished in 1:39.92 while the medley relay quartet finished in 1:51.70.

Shelby’s 400 freestyle relay squad also placed second, finishing in 3:42.10.

The diving portion of the district meet took place earlier in the week, with the top 10 divers earning state berths. Lexington’s Anna Parr finished ninth with 356.15 points.

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