Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Regional crown to WR swimmers

10 headed to state in Moscow


The Wood River High School swim team traveled to Twin Falls this past weekend to compete in regional competition.

Prior to the event, coach Brian Gallagher said he thought if his whole team showed up and swam their best, the team would win regionals for the first time.

His prediction came true.

The Wood River?s girls won their regional meet in Twin Falls. In addition, 10 of the 14 Wood River swimmers racing in Twin Falls qualified for state competition Nov. 5-6 at the University of Idaho, Moscow.

They are Amanda Harris, Anja Sundali, Rachel Becker, Natalie Hague, Taylor Straley, Lacey Werley, McKenna Collins, Stormy Mataya, Taryn Bryson and Ray Bryson.

Sharing a bus with swimmers from Twin Falls, the state-bound swimmers will leave Thursday, Nov. 4. The prelims are Friday night and the finals Saturday at Moscow.

They?ll carry with them good memories of regionals.

In a field of 11 girls? teams, Wood River was not the deepest, fielding only 10 female swimmers. Nonetheless Wood River (433 points) came out well ahead of Skyline High?s 16 girls from Idaho Falls, with 363 points, and Twin Falls? 14 female athletes, who had 361.

Top performers included Natalie Hague, Amanda Harris and Anja Sundali who combined for five first-place finishes among the 22 events.

Hague took first in both the 100 free (1:01.66, by 2.07 seconds) and 50 free (27.43, by .99 seconds); while Harris grabbed firsts in 500 free (5:37.63, by nearly 31 seconds) and the 200 individual medley (2:17.96, by 3.59 seconds).

Sundali won 100-yard butterfly (1:08.83, by nearly 3 seconds).

The girls? 400 free relay was dominated by Wood River with Hailey?s A and B squads taking first and second places.

The A squad (4:03.40) consisted of Hague, Sundali, Collins and Harris. The second-place B squad (4:45.80) featured Becker, Werley, Mataya and Katie Preucil.

Wood River also won the 200-yard freestyle girls? relay (1.49:65, by 9.40 seconds) with Hague, Sundali, Collins and Harris. In all, the girls piled up seven gold medals for the day.
For the guys, Ray Bryson, Neil Player and Ben Parker all swam strong.

Bryson finished second in the 500 free and set a personal record in the 200 free. Parker was eighth in 200 free. Player took 15th in boys? 100 free.

Other notable results at Twin Falls included: McKenna Collins (2nd 100 free), Lacey Werley (4th 50 free), Taylor Straley (9th 100 free), Katie Preucil (6th 200 free), Rachel Becker (5th 500 free), Stormy Mataya (6th 500 free) and Taryn Bryson (14th in 100 breast).




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