Friday, September 30, 2011

Swimmers capture first high school meet

At Wood River YMCA

A summer of rigorous early morning training paid off for coach Brian Gallagher's Wood River High School swimmers as they stunned the field from eight Idaho high schools at the first meet of the high school swim season—the WRHS Invitational Sept. 11 at the Wood River YMCA pool.

Both Wolverine boys' and girls' swim teams handily dominated opponents from Twin Falls and all Magic Valley High Schools, Pocatello, Mini-Cassia, Century, Highland, Gooding and Jerome.

Wood River won 15 of 22 events with each team outscoring its nearest opponents by well over 100 points.

The Wood River girls took all relays. They were 200 medley in 2:01.52 (Kaedi Fry, Lena Friesen, Tayler Bates, Tori Emerick); 200 free in 1:48.64 (Elizabeth Fry, Kaedi Fry, Colby Werley, Lena Friesen); and 400 free in 4:04.68 (Elizabeth Fry, Tayler Bates, Colby Werley, Tori Emerick).

Wood River's boys captured the 200 free relay in 1:45.64 (Gus Kimball, Adam Potts, Luke Verst, JT Sutton) and the 400 free in 4:01.99 (Adam Potts, Gus Kimball, Logan Johnson, JT Sutton).

Impressive individual winners were: Senior Elizabeth Fry 2:05.27 in 200 free and 5:35.67 in 500 free; junior Lena Friesen in 200 individual medley at 2:15.72 and 100 breast 1:13.01; junior Tayler Bates in 100 fly 1:08.24; freshman Kaedi Fry in 100 back 1:04.54; senior JT Sutton in 50 free 24.19 and 100 free 52.42; sophomore Logan Johnston in 500 free 6:07.48; and junior Gus Kimball in 100 breast at 1:11.50.

Gallagher's swimmers face a grueling weekly fall schedule, combining both the Idaho High School competitive calendar and the USA-sanctioned Snake River Swimming meets, too.

Other meets: Sept. 24 at Pocatello (high school meet); Oct. 8-9, the Koudelka Memorial in Nampa (SV5B team meet); Oct. 15 at Twin Falls (high school); Oct. 21-22, the Spook Splash at Idaho Falls (SV5B); Oct. 29 at Idaho Falls (high school).

Wood River expects to face its toughest competition during the Idaho State High School Championships Nov. 5-6 at the Boise West YMCA.

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