Week-taxed Seacats dominate action in sweeping duals
     2013-12-23      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Seacat Vanessa Woolsey had one of the team’s two new secondary state-qualifying times last weekend, finishing the 100-yard butterfly with a first-place time of 1:07.49. She also placed first individually in the 100 backstroke. 
Following a crazy school week dominated by semester final exams and fine arts performances, the Scottsbluff/Gering Seacats swimming and diving team got back into their comfort zone Friday and finished a solid first part of the season with four dual wins against McCook and North Platte.

The Seacat girls outscored North Platte 62-34 and McCook 75-21, while the boys defeated North Platte 68-29 and McCook 77-22.

“We had a couple easy wins,” Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said. “The kids swam really, really well. We had a pretty solid practice Friday morning, got on the bus and got there and had almost all either best times or season-best times.

“I feel like we’re ahead of schedule to compete well in our conference and make state in a lot of events, we need to have our new kids start to make big drops in times and they did. We’re kind of ahead of schedule there; usually those come in January and we had a bunch of those come Friday night.”

Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said the results were especially pleasing in light of a busy week. The Seacats began Friday with an intense practice before they departed for McCook.

“The practice was more intense than normal, just because of the way the week’s rotation went through, and last week was such a goofy week,“ Hayhurst said. “With kids having finals, and I think half our team was in band or choir or something else, we had kids in and out of the pool all week.”

In one of those finals twists, sophomore Megan Hayhurst was stoned to death Thursday night at the end of the SHS Theatre class’s production of “The Lottery.” The coach’s sophomore daughter returned from her stage death to score one first place and two seconds, one of each in relays.

For the Seacat girls, Vanessa Woolsey had one of the team’s two new secondary state-qualifying times, finishing the 100-yard butterfly with a first-place time of 1:07.49. She also placed first individually in the 100 backstroke.

“Vanessa had two easy wins and looked really fantastic,” Coach Hayhurst said.

Scottsbluff/Gering’s other secondary state-qualifying time came from the 200 medley relay team of Cierra Weatherfield, Sarah Cloud, Woolsey and Jessie Sorensen, who completed the race in 2:05.43.

Emily Yanke also had a solid performance, placing first in the 200 and 100 freestyles. Other first-place finishers for the Scottsbluff/Gering girls were Weatherfield in the 500 freestyle; Cloud in the 100 breaststroke; the 200 freestyle relay team of Emily Yanke, Anna Yanke, Cloud and Sorensen; and the 400 freestyle relay squad of Woolsey, Emily Yanke, Megan Hayhurst and Weatherfield.

In the Seacat boys‘ results, Tito Garcia-Ortiz had another big day, capturing individual victories in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. John Stark won the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Other winners for the Seacats included Baylen Smith in the 200 freestyle, Zach Puckett in the 50 freestyle, Noah Miller in diving, and Collin Maag in the 100 butterfly.

Miller’s diving score of 211.40 was a personal best for six dives. State qualifications are based on 11-dive programs, which begin at competitions in January.

The Scottsbluff/Gering boys also won two of the three relays – the 200 medley relay team of Garcia-Ortiz, Stark, James Maag and Puckett; and the 400 freestyle relay team of Garcia-Ortiz, Smith, James Maag and Jon Hastings.

The Seacats will return to action starting next week, with the girls at the Greeley, Colo., meet on Jan. 4. they boys will make two trips to Cheyenne the following week, at Cheyenne South on Jan. 7 and at East on Jan. 9.

Seacat Girls Individual Results

200 Medley Relay–1, Scottsbluff/Gering (Cierra Weatherfield, Sarah Cloud, Vanessa Woolsey, Jessie Sorenson), 2:05.43, secondary time. 3, Scottsbluff/Gering B (Zandra Unruh, Anna Yanke, Hailey Sanderson, Rebekah Rawlings), 2:15.24.

200 Freestyle–1, Emily Yanke, 2:14.40. 2, Megan Hayhurst 2:27.08.

200 IM–2, Cierra Weatherfield, 2:28.77.

50 Freestyle–2, Jessie Sorenson, 28.40. 3, Anna Yanke, 28.50.

100 Butterfly–1, Vanessa Woolsey, 1:07.49, secondary. 2, Makayla Fogg, 1:24.16.

100 Freestyle–1, Emily Yanke, 1:01.61. 3, Jessie Sorenson, 1:05.32.

500 Freestyle–1, Cierra Weatherfield, 5:53.32. 2, Megan Hayhurst, 6:41.01.

200 Freestyle Relay–1, Scottsbluff/Gering (Emily Yanke, Anna Yanke, Sarah Cloud, Jessie Sorenson), 1:53.91. 3, Scottsbluff/Gering B (Rebecca Rawlings, Makayla Fogg, Hailey Sanderson, Megan Hayhurst), 2:02.99.

100 Backstroke–1, Vanessa Woolsey, 1:06.69.

100 Breaststroke–1, Sarah Cloud, 1:16.35. 2, Anna Yanke, 1:18.41.

400 Freestyle Relay–1, Scottsbluff/Gering (Vanessa Woolsey, Emily Yanke, Megan Hayhurst, Cierra Weatherfield), 4:15.45.

Seacat Boys Individual Results

200 Medley Relay–1, Scottsbluff/Gering (Tito Garcia-Ortiz, John Stark, James Maag, Zach Puckett), 1:56.50.

200 Freestyle–1, Baylen Smith, 2:06.61. 3, Jon Hastings, 2:15.45.

200 IM–1, Tito Garcia-Ortiz, 2:28.32. 2, Cooper Buckhammer, 3:10.39.

50 Freestyle–1, Zach Puckett, 24.87. 3, James Maag, 25.42.

Diving–1, Noah Miller, 211.40.

100 Butterfly–1, Collin Maag, 1:30.39. 2, Buckhammer, 1:41.47.

100 Freestyle–2, Zach Puckett, 56.61. 3, Baylen Smith, 57.03.

500 Freestyle–1, John Stark, 5:39.89. 2, James Maag, 5:45.54.

200 Freestyle Relay–2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Zach Puckett, Baylen Smith, Collin Maag, John Stark), 1:45.61.

100 Backstroke–1, Tito Garcia-Ortiz, 1:08.38. 3, Collin Maag, 1:11.92.

100 Breaststroke–1, John Stark, 1:15.13.

400 Freestyle Relay–1, Scottsbluff/Gering (Tito Garcia-Ortiz, Baylen Smith, James Maag, Jon Hastings), 3:58.83.

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