DARKE COUNTY – A pair of athletes who set records during the first week of the 2016-17 winter sports season are this week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week.
This week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week are Arcanum girls basketball player McKenzie Sharritts and Versailles boys swimmer Cole Condon.
Sharritts tied her own program record by draining six 3-pointers in a game against Bethel. She made 75 percent of her 3-point attempts and finished the night with 22 points.
“It was one of those special nights where McKenzie just caught fire and couldn’t miss,” Arcanum girls basketball coach Matt Grote said.
Sharritts tied her own school record, a mark she set in January during a game against Newton.
“Thursday night against Bethel we really did a good job running the floor and attacking the basket,” Grote said. “That gave McKenzie a lot of good looks at the hoop.”
Sharritts, a senior, is committed to play college basketball at Sinclair Community College.
“She is a smart, hardworking student-athlete who has been a big part of this program for the last couple years,” Grote said.
Condon broke Versailles’ school record in the 50 yard butterfly with a time of 25.57 at the Celina Sprint Swim Meet. He broke his own record, which he set at last year’s Celina Sprint Meet.
“He also performed very well at the Celina Sprint Meet on Saturday where he broke his own school record in the 50 butterfly and helped the boys team place third out of 18 teams,” Versailles swim coach Penny Cromwell said. “Before the butterfly event, he told me that he was going to break his record and he did.”
The school record was just one accomplishment for Condon in the opening weekend of the season. The sophomore also finished seventh in the 50 yard freestyle, eighth in the 50 yard backstroke and 10th in the 50 yard breaststroke at the Celina meet.
The previous night he won the 500 freestyle, finished second in the 100 breaststroke, was part of the winning 200 freestyle relay squad and swam the butterfly leg of the second place 200 medley relay team at the Tippecanoe quad meet.
“Cole is a motivated and determined swimmer who has trained hard for this season,” Cromwell said. “His hard work ethic has definitely paid off in the swimming pool. Cole’s times are right where we want them to be at this point in the season, and he will be fun to watch as our season progresses. He also encourages his teammates. He has set a goal to qualify for the state competition this year. With his determination, he will reach his goal.”
Last year Condon was named to the all-Lima area honorable mention team. He qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association district meet in the 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
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