Records fall as Vargos, Freriks reach state

Sandusky and Norwalk will have state swimming representation this weekend in Canton.
Fandy.com Staff
Feb 17, 2013

Sandusky's Kerrigan Vargo and Taylor Vargo, and Norwalk's Geena Freriks led the area contingency at the Division I district meet Saturday at Bowling Green State University.   

Freriks finished first in both of her events — the 50 freestyle (23.74) and 100 freestyle (51.58) — to set a pair of new school records for Norwalk and qualify for next weekend's state meet.   

Kerrigan finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 2 minutes, 8.98 seconds to break her own school record (2:12.42) and qualify for the state meet.   

She also finished third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.49, to break her own school record again (59.51) and qualify to state with an at-large berth.    

Kerrigan also teamed up with her sister Taylor to break a pair of school relay records.   

The duo combined with Ashley Ahlers and Mary Murray to finish fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:40.59), which beat a record set last season by both Vargos, Murray and Sarah Miller (3:40.61) and qualify for state with an at-large berth.   

"I thought this was a district meet had everything for us," coach Tommy Patterson said. "We had some higher-up swims, some surprises — the 400 free relay to get to state — I thought that was a long shot, we were figuring it out when we were leaving and we know that they made it (based on their time) so that was very exciting, very unexpected." 

Taylor also qualified for state with a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.21), which broke the school record she set as a freshman when she won a state championship (1:04.61).

Read more in Sunday's Sandusky Register and Monday's Norwalk Reflector.