Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SV5B swimmers take Snake River trophy

March meet in Idaho Falls

Sun Valley 5B Swim Team athletes continued to dominate the scoring as they competed against 300 swimmers representing 12 teams at the U.S.A. Swimming-sanctioned Snake River Winter Championships.

Coach Brian Gallagher's swimmers won the prestigious championship trophy for the most points earned per swimmer at the time-qualifying meet March 16-18 in Idaho Falls.

Four members of the SV5B squad finished with outstanding first-place efforts at the Snake River finals.

Elizabeth Fry, 17, easily outdistanced the field in the 1650 freestyle with a significant win;

Maddie Johnson continued her dominance in the 13-14 women. She took 100 and 200 butterfly, the 200 and 400 Individual Medleys, the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle;

In 15-16 Women, Kaedi Fry won 200 and 400 Individual Medleys and 100 breaststroke; and Mason Johnson won 50 butterfly in 11-12 Men.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Elizabeth Fry, Lena Friesen, Addie Gage and Kaedi Fry took second place at Idaho Falls.

Gallagher noted excellent time improvements and significant personal best efforts for many of his year-round swimmers, including:

Maddie Johnson, 13, took 12.5 seconds off her 400 IM time and 6 seconds off the 200 fly;

Kaedi Fry, 15, dropped 31 seconds in her 500 free and 6 seconds in her 400 IM; Lena Friesen, 17, dropped 3 seconds in 50 fly; Addie Gage, 15, dropped 4.5 seconds in her 200 free and 3.5 seconds in her 50 back;

Ashley Dreyfus, 14, dropped 4 seconds in her 500 free, and Mason Johnson, 11, dropped 4 seconds in his 100 fly; and Tayler Bates, 16, swam her best times in 100 free and 50 fly.

After a few weeks of practice back in the Wood River Y pool in Ketchum, Gallagher will take the entire team to the April Pools Invitational in Nampa April 20-22.

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