Seacats improve against tough foes
     2013-01-10      By The Gering Citizen   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen
Senior Seacat Nick Childs takes his turn at the 200 medley relay. Childs, along with teammates Spencer Lake, Daniel Schaub, and Jon Wiebe, tooksecond place in the ebent with a time of 1:52.51.
 
The Scottsbluff /Gering Seacats swimming and diving team had a meet each for the boys and girls last week, coming right out of the semester break with just two practices.

And ninth-year Seacats head coach Mike Hayhurst was pleased with his team’s performances, which he said can be overshadowed by deceiving lopsided team scores and placements.

The Seacat boys welcomed Cheyenne Central to Splash Arena for a dual Thursday, and the Indians won every event in compiling a dominant team score of 138-45.

“Cheyenne Central is probably one of the top two or three schools in Wyoming’s top class,” Hayhurst said. “Our boys are a little bit down, so that was kind of indicated in the score. However, I thought our guys swam pretty well.”

The Seacats’ senior leader, Jon Wiebe, swam extremely well in gaining time in both his freestyle races, thanks to his competition against Central standout Kyle White.

“Jon Wiebe swam two really good races, and it’s the first time this year that he has really been challenged at all,” Hayhurst said.
White’s winning times were a stellar 21.71 and the 100 free in 48.80.

“So even though he got beat in both races,” Hayhurst said of Wiebe, “it helped him get his season-best times in both races and his lifetime best in the 50 free (22.40 seconds), and his 100 free (time of 48.89) tied his lifetime best time from state last year. So that puts him well ahead of where he was at this point a year ago.”

Hayhurst said for the boys to start the second semester with a home dual definitely provides its advantages, even in a lopsided competition. And the annual Twin City Invitational at Splash Arena is next week, beginning with diving on Friday and the full Saturday schedule of swimming events.

“It’s always nice to swim in your own pool and not have to travel, and you are familiar with your home facility and your own pool,” Hayhurst said.

“I thought we swam pretty well, especially considering that we were coming off a five-day break, and then we had a day of practice, then we had New Year’s Day off and another day of practice and then a meet.

“The days of practice we had last week, I really pounded them because this is the time of year that you have to get some yardage in and you’ve got to get a lot of work done. You don’t worry about the meets, you just swim right through them and hope the kids overcome being a little bit tired, and they did.

“Even though the score was lopsided, it was a really good team we competed against and it was a good experience for everybody.”

The Seacat girls began their second semester with an opposite situation from the boys, competing in a two-day, 20-school meet at the Greeley West Invitational at the Greeley Community Center.

Scottsbluff/Gering finished in the middle of the points pack in 10th with 126 points against some of Colorado’s best girls’ teams. The top three scores belonged to Cherry Creek with 366 points, Fossil Ridge at 339 and Loveland with 270. Fort Collins was fourth at 263, with host Greeley West rounding out the top five with 189 points.

“It still provides an opportunity for our kids to swim in really long meets with a lot of high-level competition,” Hayhurst said. “We’re used to swim against one really good kid up to this point, but there were 20 good kids. So you have to deal with some confusion, some stuff you’re used to deal with.”

Hayhurst said many Seacats turned in season-best efforts, “especially from the new kids, even though it’s a tough time of year to be swimming.”

“(Freshman) Anna Yanke had two best times and she probably had the best drops of the competitive kids. She dropped a whole bunch of time in both of her races and she placed 14th in her 100 breaststroke (1:20.92), with a three-and-a-half second drop, so I was really happy with that.”

Also in the 100 breaststroke for the Seacats, freshman Sarah Cloud finished 10th in 1:20.15.

In other individual events for Scottsbluff/Gering, Cierra Weatherfield had the Seacats’ highest individual finish by placing fifth in the 500 freestyle in 6:01.78. Weatherfield also placed 11th in the 200 freestyle in 2:15.82.

Vanessa Woolsey finished the 100 backstroke in a sixth-place time of 1:07.61, while Erin Weatherman finished 15th in 1:12.11.

McKayla Stark finished 16th in the 100 freestyle in 1:02.35, Woolsey was 12th in the 200 freestyle in 2:15.93, and Erin Weatherman was 13th in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.47.

The Seacats also posted solid efforts in all three relays.

The team of Woolsey, Cloud, Weatherman, and Jessie Sorenson finished eighth in the 200-medley relay in a time of 2:06.86.

In the 200-freestyle relay, the Seacats’ Stark, Woolsey, Cloud, and Sorenson finished in 10th in 1:54.62.

The team of Stark, Weatherman, Weatherfield, and Yanke placed 10th in the 400-freestyle relay in 4:18.44.

“A lot of other kids dropped some times, so I was happy with it.”

The Seacat boys will compete against all of Wyoming’s top boys’ teams Saturday at the Cheyenne Invitational at the two-year-old South High facility. “It might be the fastest pool we swim in all year, including state.”

The Seacat girls, meanwhile, will continue their early semester practices until they play host to the Twin City Invitational.

The girls’ open date this week was part of the reason that Hayhurst said he spent some time in Greeley visiting with other coaches in finding some additional meets in Colorado for the Seacat girls next winter.

“With our location, it’s really difficult to travel four or five hours across the state and go swim,” he said of a travel-heavy schedule already. “We’re trying to get some closer things in Colorado and Wyoming, but they have opposite seasons. So the boys are now in Wyoming and the girls are now in Colorado, but the Colorado boys are in the spring and the Wyoming girls are in the fall.

“So we’re trying to get some things going with some girls’ meets in Colorado for next year.”

Boys' Dual Results
Cheyenne Central 138, Scottsbluff/Gering 45
200 medley relay — 1, Central, 1:47.50. 2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Nick Childs, Spencer Lake, Daniel Schaub, Jon Wiebe), 1:52.51.

200 freestyle — 1, Brandon Troudt, Central, 1:59.75. 2, Noah Milmont, Central, 2:02.06. 3, Zach Martin, Central, 2:05.79. 4, Baylen Smith, Scottsbluff/Gering, 2:10.16. 5, Zach Puckett, Scottsbluff/Gering, 2:24.83.

200 individual medley — 1, Justin Hood, Central, 2:09.84. 2, Andrew Ehardt, Central, 2:15.48. 3, Thomas Reams, Central, 2:21.79. 4, Daniel Schuab, Scottsbluff/Gering, 2:26.37.

50 freestyle — 1, Kyle White, Central, 21.71. 2, Jon Wiebe, Scottsbluff/Gering, 22.40. 3, Colton Allen, Central, 23.79. 4, Brandon Butt, Central, 24.35. 5, Christian Eubanks, Scottsbluff/Gering, 26.70. 6, Colin Maag, Scottsbluff/Gering, 27.61.
1-meter diving — 1, Luke Mellvain, Central, 175.10. 2, Noah Miller, Scottsbluff/Gering, 158.80. 3, Chris Long, Central, 142.40. 4, Devan Stooksbury, Scottsbluff/Gering, 115.35.

100 butterfly — 1, Justin Kovich, Central, 1:01.02. 2, Noah Milmont, Central, 1:02.84. 3, Mark Kim, Central, 1:04.17. 4, Daniel Schaub, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:05.76.

100 freestyle — 1, Kyle White, Central, 47.80. 2, Jon Wiebe, Scottsbluff/Gering, 49.89. 3, Colton Allen, Central, 53.88. 4, Brandon Butt, Central, 54.75. 5, Spencer Lake, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:00.47. 6, James Maag, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:00.62.

500 freestyle — 1, Brandon Troudt, Central, 5:26.02. 2, Thomas Reams, Central, 5:38.86. 3, Zach Martin, Central, 5:48.03. 4, Zach Puckett, Scottsbluff/Gering, 6:55.64. 5, Colin Maag, Scottsbluff/Gering, 7:28.61.

200 freestyle relay — 1, Central, 1:34.82. 2, Central, 1:41.67. 3, Scottsbluff/Gering (Spencer Lake, Christian Eubanks, James Maag, Zach Puckett), 1:49.57. 4, Central, 2:00.67. 5, Scottsbluff/Gering (Hunter Skow, Maxmillian Bayer, Ramon Chavez, Colin Maag), 2:02.68.
100 backstroke — 1, Justin Hood, Central, 58.22. 2, Ian White, Central, 1:03.28. 3, Nick Childs, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:04.63. 4, Baylen Smith, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:09.94. 5, Mark Kim, Central, 1:13.14.

100 breaststroke — 1, Andrew Ehardt, Central, 1:06.92. 2, Spencer Burkett, Central, 1:12.71. 3, Spencer Lake, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:16.20. 4, Dakota Watkins, Central, 1:21.07. 5, Hunter Skow, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:30.20.

400 freestyle relay — 1, Central, 3:29.16. 2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Jon Wiebe, Nick Childs, Daniel Schaub, Baylen Smith), 3:44.57. 3, Central, 3:46.42. 4, Scottsbluff/Gering (James Maag, Christian Eubanks, Zach Puckett, Colin Maag), 4:21.78.

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