Senior diver Miller leads Seacats’ returnees
     2013-12-12      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen
Scottsbluff/Gering Seacat senior Noah Miller returns to lead the swimming and diving team this winter after he placed 10th last season at the state meet in Lincoln.

Other state qualifiers last year included the boys’ 200 medley relay, which will have a new quartet this season. The 200 freestyle relay has only one returnee in senior Zach Puckett, and the 400 freestyle relay has returning members in senior Baylen Smith and Puckett. Junior James Maag was the Seacats’ alternate for the relays.

The Seacat girls’ 200 medley relay consisted of now-senior Vanessa Woolsey, junior Erin Weatherman, junior McKayla Stark and sophomore Sarah Cloud. The 400 freestyle relay had Woolsey, Stark, junior Cierra Weatherfield and senior Emily Yanke, with sophomore Anna Yanke as the alternate.

In the individual events, Weatherfield competed in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, while Cloud made the 100 breaststroke and Woolsey was in the 100 butterfly.

Freshman Ian Galindo, in his first meet for the Seacats, earned secondary state-qualifying times in four events.

“We look forward to improving throughout the year,” 14th-year Seacats coach Mike Hayhurst said. “Our new kids always do a good job of improving over the course of the season, and a lot of times we do better than the other teams in our conference in that area, where our kids by the end of the year become scorers.”

In addition to playing host to the annual Twin City Invitational at Splash Arena in January, the Seacats will be the host team for the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 14-15.

“I think we’re in a position down the road, with the kind of improvements we usually have, that by the end of the year we can contend for the conference title,” Hayhurst said.

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