Friday, October 17, 2014

Swimmers dive into Twin Falls, Nampa meets

WRHS girls continue dominance

    The Wood River High School girls’ swim team collected four individual gold medals and two relays victories during the Twin Falls Invitational meet Saturday, Oct. 11.
    Wood River’s commanding girls’ team victory in the 18-team, 208-swimmer mid-season face-off continued its domi-nance in the regular high school campaign.
    Indeed, Wood River plans to defend its 10-year regional championship during the re-gional finals in Pocatello Nov. 1. Then, Wood River intends to defend its state high school title Nov. 7-8 when the competition is held in Boise.
    Wood River coach Brian Gallagher gave high marks at Twin Falls to his nine girls led by senior Kaedi Fry (1st 200 IM, 2nd 200 back), junior Olivia Wentzell (1st 100 breast, 2nd 100 free), junior Maddie Johnson (1st 100 fly, 3rd 100 breast) and sophomore Chiloe Spelius (1st 200 free, 2nd 50 free).
    Sophomore Kat Lemma (50/200 free) added two third places.
    Chipping in points and depth were soph Danielle Doer-flein (5th 100 breast, 14th 50 free), freshman Allie Trotter-Wright (6th 500 free, 30th 50 free), freshman M Clayton (15th 200 free, 21st 100 breast) and senior Mia Smith (18th 100 free).
    The Wolverines won both the 200 medley relay (Fry, Wentzell, Johnson, Lemma) and 200 free relay (Wentzell, Doerflein, Fry and Spelius) and earned second place in the 400 free relay (Spelius, Trotter-Wright, Clayton and Johnson).
    Freshman Mason Johnson (4th 100 free, 6th 100 back) placed well among the boys.

SV5B at short course swim meet
    The Sun Valley 5B Swim Team has continued to excel and post personal best times across the board.
    Six younger members of coach Brian Gallagher’s team competed against 250 swim-mers from 11 teams at the USA Swimming-sanctioned Koudelka Memorial Invita-tional Oct. 4-5 in Nampa.
    Racing for SV5B were Petra Glenn, M Clayton, Eva Carlson, Kew Clayton, Emma Desserault and Bel Clayton. Gallagher praised their individual efforts and team results.
    Petra Glenn, 13, was 100 free winner in Girls’ 13-14. She also was 3rd in 50 breast, 200/500 free along with 6th 100 breast, 7th 100 back.
    Also in Girls’ 13-14, M Clay-ton was 3rd 200 breast, 4th 100 IM, 13th 100 breast and 14th 100/200 free.
    Top performers included 11-year-old Eva Carlson in Girls’ 11-12. She won 100 IM and placed second in 100 fly, also, 3rd 50 breast, 5th 100 breast and 7th 200 IM.
    Kew Clayton, 12, captured seconds in both 100 IM and 100 back. She also finished 4th 50 breast, 8th 200 IM and 9th 100 breast.
    Also in Girls’ 11-12, Emma Desserault took 7th 50 back, 14th 50 free/50 breast, 15th 100 back and 23rd 100 free.    
    Rounding out 5B’s scoring in Girls’ 9-10 was Bel Clayton (5th 100 breast, 7th 100 IM/50 breast, 8th 100 free/100 back and 12th 200 free.
    Sun Valley’s girls scored well in two relays.
    They placed fifth in 200 free with K. Clayton, B. Clayton, Desserault and Carlson, and sixth in 200 medley with K. Clayton, B. Clayton, Carlson and Desserault.
    Gallagher takes the entire SV5B team to Boise’s Thanks-giving Invitational Nov. 21-23, which is the team’s next USA/Snake River swimming competition.

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