Miller, Wiebe lead Seacats to 2nd-place finish in Twin City Invite
     2013-01-25      By Terry Gaston   
Photo by Ken Kurtz - Spectrum Photo - Gering sophomore Seacat Cierra Weatherfield clocks in at 5:47.32 in the finals for the 500 yard freestyle Saturday at the Twin City Invitational Meet at the Scottsbluff Splash Arena. 
SCOTTSBLUFF — Gering sophomore Noah Miller made the Scottsbluff/Gering Seacats’ first big splash in their Twin City Invitational meet by dominating the boys’ diving competition Friday at Splash Arena and earning a personal-best score in building on his state-qualifying effort the previous week.

And then on Saturday, Scottsbluff senior Jon Wiebe led the Seacats with victories in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races and paced two runner-up relays in earning Male Swimmer of the Meet honors.
Miller and Wiebe thus led the Seacat boys to a second-place team finish with 260 points in the four-school meet, which was dominated by Omaha Westside’s 425-point total.

Wiebe, who has already qualified for the state meet in late February in both sprint freestyles, turned in times of 22.71 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 50.60 seconds in the 100 free.
“His times were solid; they weren’t his best but they were good,” Hayhurst said. “He was still feeling some ill effects from the week before.”

Scottsbluff/Gering placed second in all three boys’ relays. The 200 medley relay team of Nick Childs, Spencer Lake, Daniel Schaub, and Christian Eubanks posted a time of 1:54.7, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Wiebe, Childs, Schaub, and Lake finished in 1:37.57 – a new secondary state-qualifying time.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Wiebe, Eubanks, Zacharian Puckett, and James Maag ended in 3:47.48.
Also for the Seacat boys, Lake added a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.45. Placing third for Scottsbluff/Gering were Schaub in the 200 IM and Puckett in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
Miller increased his 11-dive best score to 325 points in a five-boy competition he won convincingly.

“He got his best score again,” Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said of Miller, “and he still has some places in a dive or two where he can do even better and maybe even challenge the school record and maybe be ready to score at state. That’s his goal for this year.”

The Scottsbluff/Gering girls also had a solid second-place finish with 295 points. The Westside girls ran away with the title, piling up 497 points.
Freshman Sarah Cloud led the Seacat girls with her victory in the 100 breaststroke. Her secondary state-qualifying time of 1:17.3 was only about a half-second faster than the runner-up finisher, Omaha Westside’s Carolyn Hanus.

“The other big highlight was Sarah’s win, and that was a nice race,” Hayhurst said. “We had a lot of best times.”
Cloud added a third-place finish in the 200 IM, and she was on two relays that placed second. The 200 medley relay, which included Erin Weatherman, Hannah Holloway, and Jessie Sorensen, placed second in 2:06.91, and the 200 freestyle relay, which included Anna Yanke, Sorensen, and McKayla Stark, placed second in 1:54.71.
The Scottsbluff/Gering girls also took second in the 400 freestyle relay. The foursome of Stark, Anna Yanke, Cierra Weatherfield, and Emily Yanke finished in 4:15.58.

Weatherfield gave the Seacat girls a big boost in her individual events. She placed second in both the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. Her IM time (2:29.09) was a new secondary state-qualifying time.
Also for the Scottsbluff/Gering girls, Erin Weatherman was third in the 100 butterfly, and Emily Yanke was third in the 500 freestyle.
Hayhurst commended the swimmers’ parents for their participation and support, and also to other community members who helped house Omaha Westside swimmers.

“All of our parents really help out. We have parents who run the swimming scoreboard, diving scoreboard, judge, put the housing for the Westside kids together,” Hayhurst said.

“Our team’s not as big as it has been in the past, and we put the call out to the community, even people who have nothing to do with swimming, and we had all kinds of people who took Westside kids into their homes so they could come out here. That’s just a tribute to our community.”

The Seacats will be on the receiving end of their hosts in Omaha when they travel east to participate in the Westside meet with diving on Friday and swimming on Saturday.
“We’ll be leaving early Friday morning, get there and warm up, watch the diving, then our kids will have dinner with the Westside bunch, then they’ll stay in their homes for the night, swim the meet and then get back about 2 a.m. (Sunday),” Hayhurst said.
“Hopefully we won’t have anybody ill. Between other activities and illness, we’ve had one meet where we had everybody. It’s been a weird year as far as that goes.”

Girls‘ Team Scoring
Omaha Westside 497, Scottsbluff/Gering 295, North Platte 157, McCook 145
Seacat Girls‘ Results
200 Medley Relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Erin Weatherman, Sarah Cloud, Hannah Holloway, Jessie Sorensen), 2:06.91.
200 freestyle—4, Emily Yanke, 2:14.36. 8, Megan Hayhurst, 2:31.06. 10, Makala Fogg, 2:36.51.

200 IM—2, Cierra Weatherfield, 2:29.09 SEC. 3, Sarah Cloud, 2:37.17. 5, Claire Hughes, 2:44.92.
50 freestyle—4, McKayla Stark, 28.02. 5, Jessie Sorensen, 28.58.
100 butterfly—3, Erin Weatherman, 1:11.78. 5, Hannah Holloway, 1:15.05. 7, Sierra Betancur, 1:20.38.
100 freestyle—5, McKayla Stark, 1:03.09. 6, Jessie Sorensen, 1:03.18. 9, Anna Yanke, 1:05.8.

500 freestyle—2, Cierra Weatherfield, 5:56.44, SEC. 3, Emily Yanke, 6:11.42. 8, Makala Fogg, 6:51.91.
200 freestyle relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Sarah Cloud, Anna Yanke, Jessie Sorensen, McKayla Stark), 1:54.75.
100 backstroke—4, Erin Weatherman, 1:12.47. 7, Sierra Betancur, 1:22.00.

100 breaststroke—1, Sarah Cloud, 1:17.30, SEC.4, Anna Yanke, 1:21.78. 5, Claire Hughes, 1:24.85. 8, Holly Grote, 1:37.27. 11, Mikayla Kreider, 1:41.99.
400 freestyle relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (McKayla Stark, Anna Yanke, Cierra Weatherfield, Emily Yanke), 4:15.58.

Boys‘ Team Scoring
Omaha Westside 425, Scottsbluff/Gering 260, North Platte 218, McCook 150
Seacat Boys‘ Results
200 Medley Relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Nick Childs, Spencer Lake, Daniel Schaub, Christian Eubanks), 1:54.70.
200 freestyle—6, James Maag, 2:12.84. 8, Hunter Skow, 2:16.54.
200 IM—3, Daniel Schaub, 2:27.84.

50 freestyle—1, Jon Wiebe, 22.71, AUTO. 3, Zacharian Puckett, 25.38. 6, Spencer Lake, 25.84. 9, Christian Eubanks, 26.82.
1-meter diving—1, Noah Miller, 325 points.
100 butterfly—4, Daniel Schaub, 1:09.17. 5, Nick Childs, 1:13.84.
100 freestyle—1, Jon Wiebe, 50.60, SEC. 3, Zacharian Puckett, 57.01. 7, Christian Eubanks, 1:00.38.
500 freestyle—5, James Maag, 5:59.66.

200 freestyle relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Jon Wiebe, Nick Childs, Daniel Schaub, Spencer Lake), 1:37.57, SEC.
100 backstroke—4, Nick Childs, 1:05.22.
100 breaststroke—2, Spencer Lake, 1:13.45. 6, Hunter Skow, 1:22.28.
400 freestyle relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Jon Wiebe, Christian Eubanks, Zacharian Puckett, James Maag), 3:47.48.

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