Friday, September 28, 2007

: WRHS girls stay unbeaten in swimming ranks

Team capture District 25 Invitational in Pocatello

Wood River High School swimmers pose in Pocatello during Saturday?s District 25 Invitational meet. Seated in front, Sarah Brown. First row, from left, Michael Coiner, Melissa Becker, Natalie Hague and Taylor Coiner. Back row, from left, Lacey Werley, Ashleigh Share, Max Jones, Jon Atkinson, Sophie Nosworthy, Matt Lichtenberg, Racheal McGinnis, Gene Fairbrother, Esther Williams, Jessica Pennington, Taylor Straley, Megan Hayes and coach Brian Gallagher.

The impressive winning streak is three seasons and still purring along. Coach Brian Gallagher's Wood River High School girls' swim team earned another team victory Saturday at the 13-team District 25 Invitational meet in Pocatello.

Wood River girls captured three individual gold medals and the "A" relay squad took gold three times to build a first-place 321-point total that was 100 points better than runner-up Hillcrest of Idaho Falls and nearly 200 ahead of Idaho Falls.

Natalie Hague (200 free), Megan Hayes (50 free) and Racheal McGinnis (100 free) were girls who won individual gold. The "A" relay winners were 200 free, 200 medley and 400 free. "B" girls' relayers were third in 400 free and 200 medley.

Jon Atkinson, one of only four Wood River boys at Pocatello, took the gold medal in 100 free. And despite their small numbers, the Wood River boys finished a respectable sixth of 13 teams with 51 points. Idaho Falls won with 202 points ahead of Twin Falls High, 195.

Wood River competes at the Twin Falls Invitational Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9:30 a.m.

Other Wood River placings:

2nds—Jon Atkinson (100 free); Taylor Coiner (50 free and 100 breast); and Natalie Hague (100 back).

3rds—Racheal McGinnis (200 IM); Max Jones (50 free); Megan Hayes (100 free); and Michael Coiner (100 back).

4ths—Taylor Straley (200 free); Michael Coiner (200 IM); Ashleigh Share (50 free); Jessica Pennington (100 fly); and Lacey Werley (100 back).

5ths—Sarah Brown (200 free); Lacey Werley (100 free); and Taylor Straley (100 back).

6ths—Esther Williams (200 free).

7ths—Max Jones (100 free).

8ths—Jessica Pennington (100 breast).

9ths—Esther Williams (100 free).

10ths—Sarah Brown (100 free); and Matt Lichtenberg (100 breast).

11ths—Ashleigh Share (100 free).

13ths—Matt Lichtenberg (50 free).

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