Friday, March 2, 2012

Swimmers shed their cabin fever

At Caldwell meet

Seventeen members of the year-round Sun Valley 5B Swim Team continued their high-place scoring as they competed against more than 300 swimmers representing eight teams at the annual U.S.A.-sanctioned Caldwell Cabin Fever Swim Invitational Feb. 4-5.

Four of coach Brian Gallagher's swimmers captured at least one first place, showing dominance in the 13-14 girls age category.

Maddie Johnson won five events—100 free, 100 fly, 200 free, 200 fly and 200 back. Ashley Dreyfus picked up firsts in 500 free and 100 breast. Zack Deal won boys' 100 breast in 9-10 boys. Kaedi Fry easily outdistanced the 200 backstroke field for 15-and-over girls.

Swimming in her first meet for SV5B was Petra Glenn, 11. She scored terrific times in 100 free (16th), 50 fly (9th), 100 I.M. (9th), 100 back (13th) and 50 free (26th).

Gallagher noted significant time drops and personal bests for several team members.

In only her second meet, Faye Prekeges, 11, took 5.29 seconds off 50 back, 6.37 seconds in 50 breast and 4.76 seconds in 50 free; and Eva Carlson, 9, cut 5.59 seconds in 100 free and 3.82 seconds in 50 back.

Mason Johnson, 11, sliced off .95 seconds in 100 free in his quest to make an Age-Group Sectional qualifying time; Lisa Hart, 16, took off 17.52 in 500 free and 9.31 in 200 free; Addie Gage, 15, 6.15 in 500 free and 5.78 200 free; Ashley Dreyfus, 14, 7.29 in 500 free and 6.61 in 200 back; Kelsey Syms, 16, 8.44 in 500 free; and Kailey Wilt, 16, 1.72 in 200 back.

Also booking improved times were Elizabeth Fry, 17, in 100 fly; Kaedi Fry, 15, in 200 I.M.; Colby Werley, 17, in 200 back; and Mia Smith, 15, in 100 free. Veteran team members Tayler Bates, 16, and Tori Emerick, 18, clocked swims near their personal bests.

Sun Valley 5B next travels to the Snake River Winter Swim Championships in Idaho Falls March 16-18.

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