Friday, October 14, 2011

Short course success for 5B swimmers

In Nampa pool

     Fourteen members of the year-round Sun Valley 5B Swim Team raced with 250 swimmers from eight teams at the Koudelka Memorial Invitational Oct. 8-9. It was a short course USA Swimming-sanctioned competition held at the NampaRecreationCenter.

     Brian Gallagher coached his team members to personal-best times in 32% of all their races.

     Recording four wins apiece were Kaedi Fry, 14, and veteran team member Lena Friesen, 16.

     Fry captured the 13-14 women’s 200 IM in 2:22.28; 400 IM in 5:01.73; the 100 breast in 1:15.41; and 100 back in 1:05.60.

     Friesen handily won women’s 15-and-over 400 IM in 4:50.49; the 200 breast in 2:37.98; the 100 breast in 1:12.24; and the 200 free in2:01.16.

     Those turning in excellent swims included Maddie Johnston, 13, winner of 13-14 women’s 100 fly in a thrilling, come-from-behind 1:01.78;

     Also, Olivia Wentzell, 14, who captured her first USA Swimming meet title in the 13-14 women’s 200 breast, 2:51.99; and Elizabeth Fry, 17, who took the women’s 15-and-over 200 IM in 2:23.27.

     Tayler Bates, 16, took second in women’s 15-and-over 200 back at 2:21.15, shaving 10 seconds from her personal best. She was second in 100 back at 1:07.63, close to her best time.

     Coach Gallagher noted large improvements in all races for Loni Unser and Ashley Dreyfus; and particularly hard efforts by Colby Werley, Kelsey Syms and Mason Johnston.

     The team welcomed 12-year-old Brooke Beckwith who competed in her first Sun Valley 5B meet with good results.

     Sun Valley 5B swimmers of high school age will join their Wood River High teammates on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Twin Falls High School Invitational.

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