Seacats take 2nd in GNAC: Hastings wins 100 breaststroke to make state
     2014-02-20      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Roger Holsinger/for the Citizen - Gering sophomore Seacat Jon Hastings swam to a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1 minute, 4.08 seconds, automatically qualifying him for the state meet. 
SCOTTSBLUFF — Strong bookend performances by Scottsbluff/Gering Seacats helped summarize the team’s successes Friday and Saturday in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, in which both Seacat teams placed second behind double-champion Norfolk.
Senior diver Noah Miller, who was already qualified for next week’s State Swimming and Diving Championships, got the GNAC meet off to a great start Friday by nearly breaking the Seacat boys’ 11-dive record, and sophomore Jon Hastings scored an automatic state-qualifying time Saturday at Splash Arena.

Add to those wins a victory by the Scottsbluff/Gering boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay, and Seacats coach Mike Hayhurst was definitely pleased with his host teams’ performances.
“I was really pleased with the performance of the kids,” Hayhurst said. “We went through and scored the meet from the seeding times and we should have been fourth and fourth, and we ended up getting second and second, which I was very pleased with.”
The Seacat boys totaled 240 points behind Norfolk’s 386 total, and the Scottsbluff/Gering girls netted 242 points with Norfolk scoring 303.

Miller dived a consistent program that totaled him 363.25 points, just 4.55 points off Jose Arellano’s 2006 record of 367.8 points for an 11-dive program. In a strong field, two other boys and one girl broke the state-qualifying mark of 300 points.

“He’s diving better than ever,” Hayhurst said of Miller, whose previous high score on 11 dives was 325 points, which he scored last year’s Twin Cities Invitational and nearly met in this year’s home meet with 318 points. “He was very consistent. He had a couple dives that weren’t great, but he was pretty consistent all the way across the board.

“It’s all about consistency when you get into an 11 (dive program). He’s diving some really tough dives, so it’s just a matter of making sure that you can stick them and not make a big mistake. And being at home on your own board is a huge deal, so that was really good.”

Hastings swam to a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1 minute, 4.08 seconds. That winning time automatically qualified Hastings for the state meet. Hayhurst said Hastings had a three-second drop in the event from his previous best, which had been a secondary qualifying time.

Then the Seacats’ 400 freestyle relay of Ian Galindo, Zach Puckett, James Maag and Baylen Smith closed out the meet by placing first in a time of 3:32.45.

“It’s always fun when you win the last two events on the men’s side. It ends the meet on a big high note, so that was fun,” Hayhurst said. “And neither one was expected, so it was great.”

Galindo swam to a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley in 2:08.88. He also was third in the 100 butterfly in 58.91.

Smith recorded two secondary state-qualifying times. He finished fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.69 and was fifth in the 100 freestyle in 53.46.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Smith, Tito Garcia, John Stark and James Maag teamed up to place third in 1:38.79.

In the girls‘ division, the Seacats posted secondary state-qualifying times in four different events.

Hannah Holloway swam to a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 27.30. In the same event, Rebekah Rawlings finished fifth in 27.50.

Anna Yanke was responsible for the other individual secondary time with her 1:16.32 in the 100 breaststroke that earned her fourth place. Sarah Cloud, who already had a secondary qualifying time for state in the event, placed third in 1:14.60.

The team of Holloway, Yanke, Rawlings and Jessie Sorensen finished third in the 200 freestyle relay in a secondary time of 1:50.76.

Emily Yanke finished third in the 200 freestyle in 2:13.05.

Vanessa Woolsey and Cierra Weatherfield also performed strongly individually. Woolsey was third in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.31 and fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.50. Weatherfield placed third in the 500 freestyle in 5:43.17 and was fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:25.93.

“We have a young team that really came through,” Hayhurst said. “I thought we swam better than anybody. Norfolk just had more talent than we did. They swam really well.

“It was a combination of that we always swim well at the conference meet, and Continued from page B1
having the meet at home helped and putting the other teams on the road.”

Hayhurst said the field for the state meet, which begins Feb. 27 with diving and continues with swimming on Feb. 28 with finals on March 1, was to be announced late Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

“We got a number of secondary cuts that I think are going to get into state, and I think all our relays got into state,” Hayhurst said. “We’ll wait until Wednesday to see who makes it in.”

“I feel really good about Ian Galindo’s times (in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly) probably making it, Vanessa Woolsey’s times (100, 200 and 500 freestyles, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke), Sarah Cloud’s breaststroke and Anna Yanke’s breaststroke. I think all the relays are in, but we will find out for sure Wednesday.”

Girls‘ Team Scoring

1. Norfolk, 303; 2. Scottsbluff/Gering, 242; 3. Kearney, 225; 4. Columbus, 204; 5. North Platte, 123; 6. McCook, 72; 7. Hastings, 66.
Scottsbluff/Gering Individual Results

200 medley relay — 3, Scottsbluff/Gering (Cierra Weatherfield, Sarah Cloud, Vanessa Woolsey, Hannah Holloway), 2:01.96.

200 freestyle — 3, Emily Yanke, 2:13.05. 7, Megan Hayhurst, 2:21.29. 10, Makala Fogg, 2:29.55.

200 individual medley — 5, Cierra Weatherfield, 2:25.93. 7, Sarah Cloud, 2:31.23.

50 freestyle — 3, Hannah Holloway, 27.3. 5, Rebekah Rawlings, 27.5. 6, Jessie Sorensen, 27.79.

100 butterfly — 4, Vanessa Woolsey, 1:04.5. 9, Hannah Holloway, 1:13.7. 12, Hana Nagasawa, 1:24.19.

100 freestyle — 7, Emily Yanke, 1:01.44. 8, Anna Yanke, 1:02.26. 9, Rebekah Rawlings, 1:02.31. 10, Jessie Sorensen, 1:02.36.

500 freestyle — 3, Cierra Weatherfield, 5:43.17. 7, Megan Hayhurst, 6:06.82. 10, Makala Fogg, 6:39.11. 11, Hailey Sanderson, 6:40.89.

200 freestyle relay — 3, Scottsbluff/Gering (Jessie Sorensen, Hannah Holloway, Rebekah Rawlings, Anna Yanke), 1:50.76.

100 backstroke — 3, Vanessa Woolsey, 1:04.31. 12, Zandria Unruh, 1:16.89.

100 breaststroke — 3, Sarah Cloud, 1:14.6. 4, Anna Yanke, 1:16.32.

400 freestyle relay — 3, Scottsbluff/Gering (Vanessa Woolsey, Jessie Sorensen, Emily Yanke, Cierra Weatherfield), 4:03.14.

Boys‘ Team Scoring

1. Norfolk, 386; 2. Scottsbluff/Gering, 240; 3. Columbus, 200; 4. Hastings, 183; 5. Kearney, 94; 6. North Platte, 93; 7. McCook, 53.

Scottsbluff/Gering Individual Results

200 medley relay — 4, Scottsbluff/Gering (Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings, Ian Galindo, Zach Puckett), 1:49.9.

200 freestyle — 4, Baylen Smith, 1:58.69. 5, James Maag, 2:01.53. 6, John Stark, 2:02.71. 9, Jon Hastings, 2:06.89.

200 individual medley — 2, Ian Galindo, 2:08.88. 7, Tito Garcia, 2:21.06.

50 freestyle — 7, Zach Puckett, 24.69. 11, Collin Maag, 25.88.

1-meter diving — 1, Noah Miller, 363.25. 10, Court Muhr, 235.45.

100 butterfly — 3, Ian Galindo, 58.91.

100 freestyle — 5, Baylen Smith, 53.46.

500 freestyle — 5, James Maag, 5:30.87. 12, Travis Zeiler, 7:06.55.

200 freestyle relay — 3, Scottsbluff/Gering (Tito Garcia, Baylen Smith, John Stark, James Maag), 1:38.79.

100 backstroke — 4, Collin Maag, 1:04.94. 6, Tito Garcia, 1:05.82. 11, Adam Lopez, 1:17.02. 12, Cooper Buchhammer, 1:21.68.

100 breaststroke — 1, Jon Hastings, 1:04.08. 7, John Stark, 1:08.44. 12, Daniel Rohrer, 1:19.91.

400 freestyle relay — 1, Scottsbluff/Gering (Ian Galindo, Zach Puckett, James Maag, Baylen Smith), 3:32.45.


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