Wednesday, July 18, 2012

High altitude for swimmers at Elko

SV5B takes a small squad to Nevada


Sun Valley 5B swimmers continued to post personal best times when they competed June 23-24 at the Elko High Altitude Invitational in Nevada.

Coach Brian Gallagher took a small but determined squad to the annual summer meet. They competed against swimmers from throughout the Snake River Swimming region.

Maddie Johnson, 13, swam eight events and won six—50, 100 and 200 freestyle; 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke. She placed second in 200 and 800 freestyle.

Lisa Hart, 16, finished in the top three in five of her seven events—2nd in 800 freestyle; 3rd 200 and 400 free and 200 breaststroke; and 5th in 50 and 100 freestyle.

Gus Kimball, 17, placed in the top three in three of his eight events—2nd in 100 breaststroke; 3rd in 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke; 4th in 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; 5th in 400 free; and 7th in 200 freestyle.

Mason Johnson, 12, finished in the top three of all his eight events, and won four—1st in 200 Individual Medley, 100 butterfly, 50 backstroke and 800 freestyle. He was also 2nd in 50 butterfly, 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and 3rd in 100 free.

Eva Carlson, 9, placed in the top five of all her five events. She finished 3rd in 100 breaststroke, 4th in 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke, and 5th in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Gallagher also took the entire 5B team to Pendleton, Ore. July 6-9 to compete in a large Northwest Regional meet against 600 swimmers.

In preparation for the Summer Championships later in July and the Western Zone Championships in August the team is continuing tough morning training at Elkhorn's Harker Pool five days a week.

The older seasoned members of the squad are putting in at least two-and-a-half hours a day and 8,000-plus yards, the coach said. Younger team members swim one hour and 2,500 yards four days a week.

Next: SV5B swimmers travel to the Twin Falls Municipal Pool July 27-29 for the Snake River Swimming Long Course Summer Championships.




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