Friday, August 5, 2005

SV5B team swims in the fast lane

The SV5B swim team traveled to Twin Falls July 29-31 to compete in the final long course meet of the season. All told, the team took home eight gold medals from the Snake River Summer Championships.

Team effort paid off for the relay team of Amanda Harris, 17, Anja Sundali, 17, Racheal McGinnis, 14, and Ashleigh Share, 14, with a gold in the 200-meter freestyle relay.

As individuals, the team had many standouts. McGinnis led the charge sweeping four events for gold (50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke); teammate Harris took two firsts and five seconds (first in 50 and 100 freestyle, second in 200 individual medley, 50 flystroke, 200 freestroke, and 100 and 200 backstroke). Sundali was fastest in the 100 butterfly, earning gold.

For the guys, Ray Bryson finished third in four events: 200 breaststroke, 200 backstroke, and 400 and 800 freestyle. Michael Lowry, 18, veteran SV5B swimmer, was back home taking first in the 100 flystroke and second in the 100 freestroke and 20 breaststroke.

Additionally, various swimmers earned Academic Achievement Awards from Snake River Swimming for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Those included Harris, Rachael Becker, Sundali, Natalie Hague, and Taylor Straley.

Next up for SV5B swimmers is regional zone competition in Kearns, Utah from Aug. 9-13.

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