Seacats sweep team results at McCook Quad
     2014-12-18      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Steve Towrey - The Seacat relay team of Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings (pictured), Ian Galindo and McKay Lake won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.38 at the McCook Quadrangular Meet held last Friday evening. 
McCOOK — The Scottsbluff/Gering Seacat swimming and diving team made some extra workouts Thursday night and Friday morning pay off big Friday evening when the Seacats swept the team titles at the McCook Quadrangular.

“The team scores were great, but I thought we swam really, really well,” said Seacats head coach Micke Hayhurst.
“Monday through Thursday I pounded pretty hard. They went 7,000 yards Thursday night and then we swam a hard practice of 3,200 on Friday morning before we left on the trip, Then you get off the bus after a four-hour trip and swim a meet, so you would think they would be pretty tired.

"They swam pretty well, 80 percent best times. It’s common to see big improvements, especially with the new kids, from the first meet to the second meet. But our experienced kids had a great meet with not only season-best times but also lifetime-best times.”

The Seacat boys finished on top with a score of 97. Hastings was a distant second with 51, North Platte was third with 44, and McCook ended fourth with 35.
The Seacats also picked up two more secondary state-qualifying times in the meet.

In the boys; division, the Seacats posted eight event victories, led by Ian Galindo’s pair of freestyle wins that included a secondary state-qualifying time in the 200 free in 1:56.61. Galindo also won the 100 free in 52.51 seconds.

McKay Lake, John Stark and Jon Hastings also scored individual top finishes. Lake won the 50 freestyle in 24.04, Stark touched first in the 500 freestyle in 5:26.58 and Hastings won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.17.

Tito Garcia earned two second-place individual finishes. He was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:21.0 and finished second in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.58. Stark and James Maag also recorded a second-place finish. Stark finished second in the 200 freestyle in 2:00.66 and Maag placed second in the 500 freestyle in 5:32.39.
Scottsbluff/Gering swept all three boys’ relays. Garcia, Hastings, Galindo and Lake won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.38. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Garcia, Galindo, Lake and Stark touched first in 1:37.71. The Seacats’ Stark, Maag, Chase Wells and Hastings swam to a top finish in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:05.83.

The Seacat girls placed first with a score of 86, just 11 points ahead of second-place North Platte. McCook was third with 45 and Hastings ended fourth with 28.

In the girls’ division, Scottsbluff/Gering won four events. Cierra Weatherfield swam to a pair of first-place finishes individually. She won the 200 freestyle in a time of 2 minutes, 13.55 seconds and placed first in the 500 freestyle in 5:55.82.

Weatherfield also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay alongside Sarah Cloud, Hannah Holloway and Anna Yanke. The team finished first in a time of 2:07.42.

Holloway also recorded a first-place finish individually as she won the 100 butterfly in 1:10.92.
Cloud swam to a pair of second-place finishes individually in the 200 individual medley (2:35.87) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.27). Anna Yanke touched second in the 100 freestyle in 1:01.13.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Scottsbluff/Gering’s Cloud, Holloway, Yanke and Weatherfield placed second in 1:53.29. The Seacats also posted a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Hailey Sanderson, Makala Fogg, Megan Hayhurst and Hana Nagasawa touched second in 4:39.80.

The Seacats will play host to a double dual Friday against McCook and North Platte, starting at 4 p.m. at Splash Arena at Scottsbluff High School. That competition will be the last for the Seacat girls before their holiday break; the girls will then compete at Greeley, Colo., on Jan. 2 and 3.

The Scottsbluff/Gering boys will compete at Cheyenne South on Saturday. The Seacat boys were originally scheduled to compete in Newcastle, Wyo., on Saturday, but Newcastle disbanded its program. The boys’ next competition after the break will be at Cheyenne South on Jan. 6.

“We’re starting to see some things come together even though we’re only four weeks into the season,” Hayhurst said. “I would expect down the road we will keep improving and see where it goes at the end.”

McCook Quadrangular

Boys’ team scoring
1. Scottsbluff/Gering, 97. 2. Hastings, 51. 3. North Platte, 44. 4. McCook, 35
Seacat individual results
200 medley relay — 1. Scottsbluff/Gering (Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings, Ian Galindo, McKay Lake), 1:50.38.

200 freestyle — 1. Ian Galindo, 1:56.61. 2. John Stark, 2:00.66. 3. James Maag, 2:03.84.
200 individual medley — 2. Tito Garcia, 2:21.0. 3. Jon Hastings, 2:24.25. 4. Mikhail Thanavalla, 3:01.76.

50 freestyle — 1. McKay Lake, 24.04.
100 freestyle — 1. Ian Galindo, 52.51. 5. McKay Lake, 56.04.
500 freestyle — 1. John Stark, 5:26.58. 2. James Maag, 5:32.39.
200 freestyle relay — 1. Scottsbluff/Gering (Tito Garcia, Ian Galindo, McKay Lake, John Stark), 1:37.71.

100 backstroke — 2. Tito Garcia, 1:06.58. 5. Chase Osland, 1:31.0.
100 breaststroke — 1. Jon Hastings, 1:06.17. 5. Mikhail Thanavalla, 1:29.56. 6. Chase Wells, 1:34.74.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Scottsbluff/Gering (John Stark, James Maag, Chase Wells, Jon Hastings), 4:05.83.

Girls’ team scoring

1. Scottsbluff/Gering, 86. 2. North Platte, 75. 3, McCook, 45. 4. Hastings, 28

Seacat individual results
200 medley relay — 1. Scottsbluff/Gering (Cierra Weatherfield, Sarah Cloud, Hannah Holloway, Anna Yanke), 2:07.42.
200 freestyle — 1. Cierra Weatherfield, 2:13.55. 2. Megan Hayhurst, 2:20.28. 3. Hana Kautz, 2:44.52.

200 individual medley — 2. Sarah Cloud, 2:35.87. 3. Hannah Holloway, 2:37.12. 5. Baily Kreider, 3:12.66.
50 freestyle — 6. Makala Fogg, 31.45.

Diving — 4. Mana Garcia, 110.8. 5. Eliza Hale, 106.45.
100 butterfly — 1. Hannah Holloway, 1:10.92. 4. Hana Kautz, 1:26.68. 6. Kaitlyn Hayhurst, 1:36.95.
100 freestyle — 2. Anna Yanke, 1:01.13. 6. Hailey Sanderson, 1:06.41.
500 freestyle — 1. Cierra Weatherfield, 5:55.82. 2. Megan Hayhurst, 6:19.39. 5. Makala Fogg, 6:48.79.

200 freestyle relay — 2. Scottsbluff/Gering (Sarah Cloud, Hannah Holloway, Anna Yanke, Cierra Weatherfield), 1:53.29.
100 backstroke — 4. Hana Nagasawa, 1:20.18. 5. Hailey Sanderson, 1:20.34. 6. Kaitlyn Hayhurst, 1:25.62.

100 breaststroke — 2. Sarah Cloud, 1:16.27. 3. Anna Yanke, 1:17.71. 6. Baily Kreider, 1:38.91.
400 freestyle relay — 2. Scottsbluff/Gering (Hailey Sanderson, Makala Fogg, Megan Hayhurst, Hana Nagasawa), 4:39.80.

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