Wednesday, August 9, 2006

SV5B swimmers go long in Twin Falls

Bryson gets prestigious Dewey honor


SV5B swimmers traveled to Twin Falls July 28-30 for the summer?s final long course meet. Posing at the pool, from left, are Tori Emerick, coach Brian Gallagher, Megan Hayes, Racheal McGinnis, Ashleigh Share, Jake Adicoff, Melissa Becker, Sarah Brown, Taylor Straley, Natalie Hague, Esther Williams and Ray Bryson. Courtesy photo.

SV5B swimmers traveled to Twin Falls July 28-30 to compete in their final long course meet of the summer season.

Racheal McGinnis, 15, and teammate Sarah Brown, 13, led the team with one gold apiece, in the 50 free and 200 fly respectively. Silver medals went to McGinnis in 50 back, 100 and 200 free; to Brown in 400 free; and Ray Bryson, 18, in 50 back.

Rounding out top three for bronze were Natalie Hague, 16, 50 back; Bryson, 200 breast, Michael Machala, 19, 200 IM, 100 fly and 100 back; and to McGinnis, 200 back.

Snake River Swimming Awards were also presented at the three-day Twin Falls meet.

Graduating senior Ray Bryson was voted by his fellow athletes to receive the prestigious Daniel Dewey Sportsperson of the Year Award based on qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and respect for others.

Scholastic Achievement Awards were presented to swimmers who have completed the ninth grade, maintained a 3.5 cumulative GPA, competed in at least three Snake River Swim meets, and are members of USA Swimming.

SV5B athletes who met those criteria were Amanda Harris, Rian Ervin, Natalie Hague, Taylor Straley, Lacey Werley, Racheal McGinnis, Ashleigh Share and Megan Hayes.

Coming up: The dates of Monday through Friday, Aug. 7-11 marks Western Zone competition at Fresno, Ca. SV5B swimmers who have qualified to attend are Natalie Hague, McKenna Collins, Racheal McGinnis, and Ray Bryson.

Each of the three days consisted of preliminaries in the morning, followed by finals through eighth place late in the afternoon. Other top ten finishes were as follows:

4ths—Bryson 50 back, 400 free, 100 breast; Megan Hayes 100 fly; McGinnis 100 back; Brown 400 IM; Hague 200 back.

5ths—Esther Williams 200 breast, 50 free; Bryson 200 breast; Melissa Becker 400 free; Hayes 100 fly; Hague 200 free; Bryson 200 free; Brown 200 back; Hague 50 free.

6ths—Bryson 100 back. 200 back, 200 free; Tori Emerick 100 free, 100 back; McGinnis 200 IM; Brown 100 fly; Hague 100 back; Williams 100 breast.

7ths—Emerick 50 free; Jake Adicoff 100 breast; Brown 200 IM; Becker 100 breast; Taylor Straley 100 breast; Hayes 200 back.

8ths—Hayes 50 fly; Hague 100 free, 200 IM; Straley 400 free; Loni Unser 50 breast.

9ths—Machala 100 free; Adicoff 50 breast.

10ths—Unser 50 free; Becker 50 free; Ashleigh Share 50 breast, 400 free; Adicoff 100 free; Straley 200 breast; Hayes 200 IM; Brown 200 free.

Other best-place finishes:

Kaikoura Howe, 21st 200 free and Sage Howe 21st 200 free.

Relay team results: The foursome of Emerick, Becker, Brown and Williams took first in 14-under 200 free, and second in 14-under 200 medley;

The foursome of Hague, Straley, Hayes and McGinnis second in the 19-under 200 free.




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