Friday, November 4, 2011

Regional swimming crown returns to WRHS

Underride: Wolverines crush field at Idaho Falls

Wood River High School's outstanding swimmers defended their strong seasonal wins to date by crushing the field of 250 high school competitors at the Southeast Idaho High School Regional Championships held Saturday, Oct. 29 in Idaho Falls.

It was the eighth regional title for the Wood River girls. They won all but two events and outscored their closest rival, Idaho Falls High, by 153 points. The Wood River boys' team of six won second place for their efforts against 23 teams.

Relay dominance continued to be a major factor in the Wood River success.

The girls won all three relays: 200-yard medley in 2:00.32 (freshman Kaedi Fry, sophomore Kelsey Syms, juniors Lena Friesen and Tayler Bates); 200-yard free in 1:48.75 (Kaedi Fry, senior Tori Emerick, junior Colby Werley and senior Elizabeth Fry); and 400-yard free in 3:56.02 (Lena Friesen, Tori Emerick, Tayler Bates and Elizabeth Fry).

The Wood River boys placed second twice and third in their relays: Second in medley, 1:57.65 (junior Marcus Lemma, senior JT Sutton, sophomore Luke Verst and senior Adam Potts); third in 200 free, 1:47.85 (Markus Lemma, sophomore Logan Johnston, Luke Verst and junior Gus Kimball); and second in 400 free, 3:52.72 (Adam Potts, Logan Johnston, Gus Kimball and JT Sutton).

Outstanding individual results included a 1-2-3 Wood River sweep in the 200-yard IM by winner Lena Friesen (2:14.31), second-place Colby Werley (2:24.57) and third-place Tori Emerick (2:28.84);

Also, Kaedi Fry first in 200 free, 2:10.24; Gus Kimball third in 200 free, 2:03.38; Elizabeth Fry second in 50 free, 26.58; JT Sutton first in 50 free, 24.28; Kelsey Syms first in 100 fly, 1:06.94; Lena Friesen first in 100 free, 55:44; Elizabeth Fry first in 500 free, 3:32.19; Kelsey Syms third in 100 back, 1:06.37; Kaedi Fry third in 100 breast, 1:11.95; and Colby Werley third in 100 breast, 1:15.96.

The consistently strong WRHS team, coached by Brian Gallagher, will take on about 450 state-wide swimmers today, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5 at Boise's West Y Aquatic Center, for the Idaho State High School Championships.

Gallagher's swimmers are well-known and respected across the state of Idaho and the West. His high school girls' teams won the state title in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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