Sun Valley 5B swimmers continued their progress during the 2014 Snake River Swimming Summer Championships hosted by the Magic Valley Marlins July 25-27 at the Twin Falls YMCA/City Pool.
Three hundred swimmers from 16 teams competed in the three-day Long Course Meter event combining timed finals and prelim/final events.
Coach Brian Gallagher praised the SV5B team, noting the number of total points, first-, second- and third-place finishes, and personal bests.
He said, “We have had a busy summer racing season with additional training hours really paying off. The kids are already looking forward to a busy fall meet schedule.”
Taking top-three honors at the Snake River meet for SV5B:
Maddie Johnson, 15, won all six of her six events—50, 100 and 200 fly, 100 and 200 back, and 200 I.M.;
Kaedi Fry, 17, competed in seven events. She won 100 breast and 800 free, earned seconds in 50/100 back, 400 free and 200 I.M., and third 100 free;
Chiloe Spelius, 15, swam six events, taking three firsts in the 200 and 400 free and 400 I.M., and second places in 100 free, 100 and 200 fly;
Olivia Wentzell, 16, placed second in 50 breast; and Sterling Wright, 19, won 200 back;
Petra Glenn, 13, placed third in 800 free; Mason Johnson, 13, placed second in 200 and 400 I.M. and third in 100/400 free; Zach Deal, 13, placed second in 100 breast and third in 100 fly; Eva Carlson, 12, was second in the 50 breast and 50 free; and Angelina Allen, 9, took second places in 50/100 fly and 50 breast, plus third in 200 I.M.
SV5B had success in relays.
The women’s 19-and-under team placed 1-2 in relays with 200 free winners Maddie Johnson, Chiloe Spelius, Kaedi Fry and Olivia Wentzell,, and the 200 medley runners-up Johnson, Wentzell, Spelius and Fry.
Placing third in the 200 free relay was the SV5B women’s 12-and-under group of Eva Carlson, Belle Clayton, Angelina Allen and Kew Clayton. They were fifth in 200 medley.
Other top-10 bests for SV5B:
Olivia Wentzell 4—100 breast and 5—50 free (ages 19-and-under). Petra Glenn 5—1500 free and 6—200/400 free (ages 13-14). Mason Johnson 4—100 back and 200 free (13-14). Zach Deal 4—50 breast and 5—100/400 free (13-14).
Eva Carlson 4—100 breast and 5—50 fly, 100/200 free (11-12). Kew Clayton 7—50 free (11-12). Angelina Allen 4—50/100/200 free (9-10). Belle Clayton 9—50 free and 100 breast (9-10).
Swimmers excel at Western Zones
Five SV5B swimmers posted impressive finishes at the Western Zone Senior Championships July 30 at Clovis North High School in Fresno, Ca.
Leading the way was Maddie Johnson, 15. She placed third in the 200 fly final at 2:19.57 and seventh in the 100 fly final at 1:04.15—both times personal bests and team age bests. She won her preliminary 100 heat.
She also made the finals in Girls’ 200 IM clocking a 22nd place finish in 2:27.52 (12th prelims) and in the Girls’ 100 back with a 30th place finish in 1:08.98, again, both personal bests and team age bests.
At the meet, SV5B swimmers posted 23 new personal best times in their events.
Chiloe Spelius and Ashley Dreyfus also posted personal bests at Fresno. Rounding out the competitors were Sterling Wright and Olivia Wentzell.