Friday, September 19, 2014

WRHS swimmers sweep high school opener

Home meet Saturday in Ketchum

     The Idaho high school swim season is underway, and the Wood River High School women’s swim team has plunged successfully into the pool.

     Wood River’s six-member girls’ team dominated the 13-school field at the 2014 high school season opener, the Mini-Casssia Invitational, held in Rupert Saturday, Sept. 13.

     Freshman Mason Johnson singlehandedly led the Wood River men to an eighth-place tie in the team totals Saturday.

     Leading the Wolverine pack, and picking up two individual wins apiece were sophomores Chiloe Spelius in the 100 fly and 200 I.M., and Katherine Lemma in the 100 free and 100 breast.

     Junior Maddie Johnson won gold in 200 free and 100 back.

     Adding points were sophomore Danielle Doerflein, third place in the 100 breast and fifth in the 100 free, and team newcomer and freshman Allie Trotter-Wright who captured fifth place in the 200 free.

     Rounding out the effort: Totter-Wright 11th in 100 breast; freshman M Clayton 19th in 100 breast and 21st in 50 free.

     Mason Johnson won the 500 free in a great come-from-behind victory, passing the field leader in the final 10 seconds. He also earned second place in the 200 free.

     The Wolverine girls handily won all three relays.

     They were the 200 medley (Johnson, Doerflein, Spelius and Clayton); the 200 free relay (Lemma, Doerflein, Trotter-Wright, and Spelius; and the 400 free relay (Lemma, Clayton, Trotter-Wright, and Johnson).

     Coach Brian Gallagher and the Wood River team host a tri-meet against Coeur d’Alene and Century High School of Pocatello Saturday, Sept. 20 at Ketchum’s Y Pool, followed by the Wood River Invitational there on Sept. 27.

     Gallagher’s swimmers face a tough fall competitive season as they combine both the Idaho High School and USA-sanctioned Snake River Swimming schedules.

     Wood River will face their toughest competition at the Idaho State High School Championships in Boise on Saturday, Nov. 8.

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