Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Swimmers sweep Magic Valley Invite

Home meet is Saturday

It was another successful high school swim meet for the Wood River teams Saturday, Oct. 13 in Twin Falls.

Wood River’s girls and boys combined points to easily win the Magic Valley Invitational championship against 245 competitors from 20 high school teams. The Wolverines outdistanced closest rival Hillcrest of Idaho Falls by 129 points.

The Ketchum-based girls kept their tradition alive by dominating all three relays.

They won 200-yard medley (1:58.86) with freshmen Maddie Johnson and Olivia Wentzell, and seniors Tayler Bates and Lena Friesen); also, 200 freestyle (1:48.30) with sophomore Kaedi Fry, seniors Colby Werley and Friesen, and freshman Olivia Wentzell; and 400 free (4:01.24) with freshmen Ashley Dreyfus and Loni Unser, Bates and Maddie Johnson.

Wood River’s boys scored record relay finishes by winning 400 free (3:49.83) with seniors Gus Kimball and Marcus Lemma, and juniors Logan Johnston and Luke Verst; and placing second in 200 free (1:43.15) with Kimball and Lemma, Logan Johnston and junior Brandon Yagla.

The Wolverines host the Southeast Idaho High School Championships Saturday, Oct. 20 with 20 teams and over 250 swimmers due to compete at the Wood River YMCA pool.

Gallagher will then take his top qualifiers to Boise on Nov. 2-3 for the highly competitive Idaho State High School Swim Championships.

Other results from the Magic Valley Invitational:

Coach Brian Gallagher was pleased by his team’s overall excellent efforts and results, also commending the following individual performances:

First-place wins by sophomore Kaedi Fry 200 free; by senior Tayler Bates in both 200 IM and 100 back; by freshman Maddie Johnson in 100 fly; by senior Lena Friesen in 50 and 500 free; by freshman Olivia Wentzell in 100 breast; and by senior Marcus Lemma 50 free.

There were also strong second places scored by Gus Kimball in 200 free and 100 back; by Kaedi Fry 100 fly; by Olivia Wentzell in 100 free, and Marcus Lemma in 100 free.

Gallagher noted significant time drops and personal bests for Kaedi Fry in the 200-yard free by 6.21 seconds; by junior Addy Gage in 500-yard free by 7.35 seconds; by junior Lisa Hart in 100-yard breast by 15.24 sec.; by senior Lena Friesen in 500 free by 3.06 seconds; and by senior Gus Kimball in 100-yard back by 3.85 seconds.

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