Seacat boys back in action, split pair of duals at Cheyenne
     2014-01-16      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Seacat Noah Miller, from Gering, takes a practice dive in preparation for the start of the season. The work paid off, as Miller is captured two first place wins this weekend in two separate duals at Cheyenne. Miller will now begin working in earnest toward preparation for state competition. 
Scottsbluff/Gering Seacat boys’ swimmers and divers returned to competition last week after having almost three weeks off, and senior Noah Miller showed no rust with his pair of victories in the diving events at a pair of duals in Cheyenne.

Miller scored a winning six-dive total of 169.33 points in the Seacats’ 106-74 dual win Tuesday at Cheyenne South.

Despite Miller’s season-best score of 196.2 points Thursday, Scottsbluff/Gering came out on the short end of a 116-70 score against defending Wyoming state champion Cheyenne Central.

The Seacats scored first- or second-place finishes in every event of the dual against South, which was compressed into a very short time period.

“The first meet only lasted about an hour and five minutes, but I thought we handled it pretty well,’” Scottsbluff/Gering head coach Mike Hayhurst said. “It was quite a challenge for the kids to swim four events, and they swam well in the first few events but then faded as time went on because it ran so fast.”

The only secondary state-qualifying time recorded on Tuesday came from the Seacats’ 200 medley relay team of Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings, Ian Galindo and Zach Puckett. The team finished second in the event with a time of 1 minute, 53.28 seconds.

Galindo was the only Seacat to claim multiple individual victories in the dual. He placed first in the 200 individual medley in 2:18.5 and was first in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.97.

Galindo also swam a leg on the Seacats’ winning 200 freestyle relay, which won in a time of 1:41.31. He was joined on the team by John Stark, Baylen Smith and Zach Puckett.

Four other Seacats won individual events. They included John Stark in the 200 freestyle (2:06.61), James Maag in the 500 freestyle (5:51.25), Jon Hastings in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.89), and Noah Miller in diving (169.33).

Also posting a first-place finish was the Seacats’ 400 freestyle relay team of Garcia, Smith, Maag, and Stark. They touched first in a winning time of 4:04.18.

Among the other highlights of the dual for the Seacats were the new best times set by Garcia and Collin Maag in the 100 backstroke. Garcia finished second in 1:07.99 and Maag was right behind in third in 1:10.36.

On Thursday, the Seacats ran into a still tough Central team that graduated several seniors from its state championship team.

“It wasn’t like we were getting blown out in the races,” Hayhurst said. “The kids really challenged the Central kids, they had just had a few more bodies, but it was good to get us back into some meets.”

Miller posted Scottsbluff/Gering’s only victory in the dual with his 196.2-point score in his last six-dive program of the season before he begins his 11-dive programs on Saturday in building up for the state meet.

“He didn’t have a great dive on his first dive, but then after that his last five dives were really solid and he won a very close competition against a Cheyenne Central kid,” Hayhurst said of Miller. “Maybe the scores weren’t as high as his personal best, but I would challenge that this was his best performance.”

Galindo scored a pair of second-place individual finishes. He was second in the 200 freestyle in 1:57.15 and runner-up in the 100 freestyle in 52.84. Galindo also swam a leg on the Seacats’ 200 freestyle relay that ended second in 1:41.82. He was joined by Puckett, Stark and Garcia.

Other Seacats to capture runner-up finishes were Stark in the 200 individual medley (2:22.48), Puckett in the 50 freestyle (25.42), James Maag in the 500 freestyle (5:50.66), and Jon Hastings in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.33).

Smith, Hastings, James Maag and Puckett teamed up to finish second in the 200 medley relay in 1:58.08, while Collin Maag, Stark, Hastings and Daniel Rohrer swam to a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:49.43.

“It’s good to see that type of competition,” Hayhurst said of Thursday’s dual. “It’s a close dual, so that’s always nice.”

Both Seacat squads will take the weekend off. The Seacat boys will return to action Saturday at the Cheyenne South Invitational, beginning at 9 a.m.

“Saturday is a huge boys’ invitational,” Hayhurst said. Every major Wyoming team will be there, so the competition will be super stiff. The Cheyenne South pool is really fast. I look forward to seeing some fast times, and that is what we will tailor our entries to and see if we can get some relays qualified so we can go for scoring points at conference instead of trying to qualify there.”

The Seacats will then be at home next weekend for the annual Twin City Invitational at Scottsbluff High School’s Splash Arena. Diving will be contested on Friday, and the swimming events will be Saturday.

Scottsbluff/Gering 106, Cheyenne South 74

200 medley relay — 2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings, Ian Galindo, Zach Puckett), 1:53.28.

200 freestyle — 1, John Stark, 2:06.61. 2, Baylen Smith, 2:06.97. 3, James Maag, 2:07.12.

200 individual medley — 1, Ian Galindo, 2:18.5. 3, Tito Garcia, 2:27.31. 4, Cooper Buckhammer, 3:12.79.

50 freestyle — 2, Zach Puckett, 24.88. 4, Jon Hastings, 27.50.

Diving — 1, Noah Miller, 169.33. 3, Court Muhr, 86.72.

100 butterfly — 1, Ian Galindo, 1:00.97. 3, Collin Maag, 1:20.79.

100 freestyle — 2, Zach Puckett, 57.21. 3, Baylen Smith, 58.95.

500 freestyle — 1, James Maag, 5:51.25. 4, Adam Lopez, 8:00.25.

200 freestyle relay — 1, Scottsbluff/Gering (Ian Galindo, John Stark, Baylen Smith, Zach Puckett), 1:41.31. 3, Scottsbluff/Gering (Daniel Rohrer, Cooper Buckhammer, Noah Miller, James Maag), 2:05.83.

100 backstroke — 2, Tito Garcia, 1:07.99. 3, Collin Maag, 1:10.36.

100 breaststroke — 1, Jon Hastings, 1:09.89. 2, John Stark, 1:11.75.

400 freestyle relay — 1, Scottsbluff/Gering (Tito Garcia, Baylen Smith, James Maag, John Stark), 4:04.18. 3, Scottsbluff/Gering (Collin Maag, Jon Hastings, Noah Miller, Adam Lopez), 4:54.19.

Cheyenne Central 116, Scottsbluff/Gering 70

200 medley relay — 2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Baylen Smith, Jon Hastings, James Maag, Zach Puckett), 1:58.08.

200 freestyle — 2, Ian Galindo, 1:57.15. 5, Collin Maag, 2:34.02.

200 individual medley — 2, John Stark, 2:22.48. 3, Tito Garcia, 2:25.17.

50 freestyle — 2, Zach Puckett, 25.42. 3, James Maag, 26.10. 5, Jon Hastings, 27.54.

1-meter diving — 1, Noah Miller, 196.20. 5, Court Muhr, 90.05.

100 butterfly — 4, Cooper Buchhammer, 1:39.30. 5, Adam Lopez, 2:08.07.

100 freestyle — 2, Ian Galindo, 52.84. 3, Tito Garcia, 57.78. 4, Baylen Smith, 58.42. 5, Zach Puckett, 1:00.04.

500 freestyle — 2, James Maag, 5:50.66. 5, Travis Zeiler, 7:54.72.

200 freestyle relay — 2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Ian Galindo, Zach Puckett, John Stark, Tito Garcia), 1:41.82.

100 backstroke — 3, Collin Maag, 1:09.09. 5, Baylen Smith, 1:10.59.

100 breaststroke — 2, Jon Hastings, 1:08.33. 3, John Stark, 1:11.53.

400 freestyle relay — 2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Collin Maag, John Stark, Jon Hastings, Daniel Rohrer), 3:49.43. 3, Scottsbluff/Gering (Ian Galindo, James Maag, Tito Garcia, Baylen Smith), 4:11.07.

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