To say that Wheeler was dealing at its pool Saturday afternoon would have been an understatement.
The Bearcats used home-pond advantage to easily win both the boys and girls Greater South Shore Conference meet titles.
Bearcats domination showed in the team scores. The boys registered 459 points and defeated second-place North Newton (267). Wheeler’s girls finished with 486 points. The Spartans were in second with 356.
Wheeler also picked up a combined 22 first-place finishes.
Gabi Gilliana broke the girls meet record in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 17.07 seconds).
“She’s a hard worker and one of those swimmers that is very self- motivated,” Wheeler girls coach Cathy Schuster said. “You don’t have to stand over her. She has set goals and works hard to go for them.”
Gilliana won the 100 breaststroke and was a member of two winning relays.
Morganne Marrs also was a part of four wins, including victories in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
As for the Bearcats boys, coach Rob Gass says it was a matter of some of his younger swimmers contributing to their win.
“Hudson Hall dropped a ton of time in his events,” said Gass about Hall, who won the 200 free. “Sonny Vitello, another freshman also swam really well. Brandon Taylor (a junior who won the 100 backstroke), and Aiden Hostetler (the 200 IM winner) all stepped up their games (Saturday).”
Dawson Bukar was an individual double winner for Wheeler, taking the 50 and 100 free events while having a hand in winning two relay races.
“I would grade us with an ‘A,'” Gass said. “We had a lot of personal-best times. That’s important for me to see at this point of the season, so I’m excited.
Calumet would finish third in the boys meet with 161 points while Bishop Noll was fourth with 72 points. The Warriors had an individual winner with Ezra Bonilla winning the 500 free.