Friday, July 21, 2006

Collins sets new pool record at Treasure Valley meet

Sun Valley 5B swimmer McKenna Collins set a new pool record in the 50 breast in competition last weekend at the Boise Y Treasure Valley Invitational.

Sixteen-year-old Collins finished the event in 32.82 seconds, netting one of her three first place finishes at the competition. She also placed first in the 100 and 200 breast events.

Not to be outdone, teammate Racheal McGinnis, 15, topped the winner's podium four times, winning first place in the 200 back, 100 free, 50 back and 50 free.

Other first-place SV5B swimmers were 8-year-old Olivia Wentzell, who grabbed gold in the 50 back, and Michael Machala, 19, who took top honors in the 200 fly.

In the 200 free relay, the team of Natalie Hague, McKenna Collins, Lacy Werley and Racheal McGinnis took second place.

A second place finish was also netted by SV5B swimmers Racheal Hague, McKenna Collins, Megan Hayes and Natalie Hague in the 200 medley relay.

SV5B swimmers who placed in the top five for their events are listed below.

Second Place: Natalie Hague, 200 back; Michael Machala, 50 fly and 100 back; Olivia Wentzell, 100 free and 50 breast, Tori Emerick, 50 free; Megan Hayes, 100 fly; Racheal McGinnis, 200 free.

Third Place: Tori Emerick, 100 back and 50 fly; Harlan Collins, 50 breast, Michael Machala, 100 fly; Olivia Wentzell, 50 free, Ray Bryson, 50 back; Natalie Hague, 50 free.

Fourth Place: Ray Bryson, 50, 100 and 200 breast, and 100 back; McKenna Collins, 50 fly; Tori Emerick, 100 and 200 free, and 50 back; Natalie Hague, 50 and 100 back; Taylor Straley, 200 breast and 400 free; Lori Unser, 50 breast.

Fifth Place: Esther Williams, 100 breast; Natalie Hague, 100 free; Harlan Collins, 50 and 100 back.

The SV5B team next competes at the Snake River Summer Championships July 28-30 in Twin Falls.

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