Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nine is just fine with swimmers

WRHS wins district again

Wood River High School’s domination of the region’s high school swimming continued Saturday, Oct. 20 as the Wolverines hosted 19 high school teams and 250 competitors at the Ketchum’s YMCA pool.

Staged there were the Southeast Idaho High School District Championships—and it was another successful day for the Wood River team coached by Brian Gallagher.

The 14-swimmer Wood River girls’ squad captured the program’ ninth consecutive district championship, outdistancing their closest rival Century of Pocatello by 175 points.

And the five-swimmer Wood River boys’ team placed an impressive third in the district, only three points behind second-place Century.

The Ketchum-based girls continued relay dominance.

They won the 200-yard medley in 1:57.71 (with junior Kelsey Syms, freshmen Olivia Wentzell and Maddie Johnson, and sophomore Kaedi Fry); won 200 freestyle in 1:48.86 (with Wentzell, and seniors Tayler Bates, Colby Werley and Lena Friesen SR); and won 400 free in 3:57.93 with (with Kaedi Fry, Johnson, junior Kelsey Syms and Friesen).

The boys took third place in 200 medley in 1:54.99 (with senior Gus Kimball, junior Luke Verst, senior Marcus Lemma and junior Brandon Yegla) and 400 free in 3:46.34 (with Kimball, junior Logan Johnston, Verst and Lemma). 

Coach Gallagher noted wins and outstanding times Saturday from:

Tayler Bates in girls’ 200 free; Kaedi Fry in girls’ 200 I.M. and 100 back; Maddie Johnson in girls’ 50 free; Marcus Lemma in boys’ 50 and 100 free; and Lena Friesen in girls’ 100 fly and 100 breast.

A consistently strong WRHS team of qualifiers takes on 450 statewide swimmers in Boise Nov. 2-3 for the Idaho State High School Championships. Gallagher’s swimmers are highly respected. His WRHS girls’ team won the coveted state title in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and it’s likely be a contender again this year.



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