Seacats sweep home duals, boys edged out at Cheyenne
     2014-12-25      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photography - Scottsbluff/Gering sophomore Ian Galindo swims the butterfly leg of the 200-yard medley relay during Friday’s double-dual meet against McCook and North Platte at Splash Arena in Scottsbluff. Galindo and teammates Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings and McKay Lake won the race in 1:49.38. 
A strong finish capped off the Scottsbluff/Gering Seacats swimming and diving teams’ first-semester schedules, with the Seacats continuing a long-standing dominance in dual competition by sweeping North Platte and McCook in double-dual action Friday at the Splash Arena in Scottsbluff.

The Seacat girls, who have not lost a dual since 2001, extended their undefeated streak by outscoring North Platte 58-38 and rolling past McCook 62-34.

In boys’ action, the Seacats beat North Platte 51-37 and downed McCook 57-27. North Platte defeated McCook in both their dual matchups.

The Seacat boys then competed at Cheyenne South on Saturday, and the Bison edged Scottsbluff/Gering 88-87 with three Seacats missing and a winning performance erased by disqualification.

“I thought we swam really well,” Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said of Friday’s duals. “Especially at a home meet, that’s always good.”

Winning did not come without some setbacks, however.

“I think it was five relay disqualifications from false starts, so that is clearly something we need to work out,” Hayhurst said. “The kids are taught to go for starts, but in certain situations you have to hold back, especially when you get huge leads and you still false-started.”

On Friday, sophomore Ian Galindo was a double individual-event winner for the Seacat boys. Galindo won the 200 individual medley in a time of 2 minutes, 11.60 seconds in uncontested fashion and won the 100 freestyle in 52.09 seconds.

“We had people ring all around the pool yelling for him,” Hayhurst said of the team’s support of Galindo in the individual medley. “If there had been anybody else in the pool, he might have been able to swim faster and get that extra gear going.”

Sophomore John Stark also won a pair of individual events. He finished first in the 200 freestyle in 2:02.88 and was first in the 500 freestyle in 5:33.52.
Galindo and Stark both swam legs on the Seacats’ 200 freestyle relay that won in a time of 1:38.47. They were joined by James Maag and McKay Lake. Galindo’s leg was a new secondary state-qualifying time.
The Seacat boys also captured first in the 200 medley relay. The team of Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings, Galindo and Lake won in 1:49.38.

Lake also finished first in the 50 freestyle in a winning time of 23.80 seconds. He also recorded a secondary state-qualifying time in the 100 freestyle with a third-place finish in 54.16 seconds.
Garcia swam a personal-best time of 1:04.56 in winning the 100 backstroke, while Hastings posted a 1:05.53 to win the 100 breaststroke.

On the girls’ side, Scottsbluff/ Gering extended its dual winning streak to 58 with its sweep of the pair of team matchups. In Hayhurst’s 14-year stint as coach of the Seacats, the girls are 60-2 in duals.

“Those are our only two girls’ duals, so they will extend their dual meet streak that goes all the way back to 2001, and they’ve only lost two duals since I’ve been here,” he said. “So that’s something we target and are very proud of.

“Their dual meet schedule isn’t all that challenging, but still when you can put together that many dual wins in a row over 14 years, it’s something to be proud of.”

Leading the Seacat girls was junior Megan Hayhurst, who had two individual victories. Hayhurst won the 200 freestyle in 2:19.61 and took first in the 500 freestyle in 6:24.85.
Three other Seacat girls swam to first-place finishes individually. Junior Hannah Holloway won the 100 butterfly in 1:11.74, sophomore Anna Yanke finished first in the 100 freestyle in 1:01.60 and senior Cierra Weatherfield took the 100 backstroke victory in 1:12.20.

Freshman Rosa Garcia won the 1-meter diving title with a total score of 137.05 points. Eliza Hale, another Seacat freshman diver, finished third at 128.55.

“Rosa won the diving after being disqualified the week before,” Coach Hayhurst said. “She put a lot together in a week to be able to get some more dives in legally, and then just put them together really well.”

Weatherfield, junior Sarah Cloud, Holloway and Yanke teamed up to win the 200 medley relay in 2:06.85.

Hastings led the Seacat boys at Cheyenne South with three individual wins, taking the 200 individual medley in 2:17.99 and the 500 freestyle in 5:56.65
Hastings also swam third leg on the Seacats’ winning 400 free relay. That quartet of Maag, Lake, Hastings and Galindo turned in a time of 3:57.63.

Galindo also had a new secondary time in winning the 100 backstroke in 1:00.50.

“He had a really good two days and he is just a competitor,” Hayhurst said of Galindo, who also had appeared to win the 50 freestyle but was disqualified. “He will get up and race no matter what.
“Today’s meet (at Cheyenne) took an hour, so he swam four events in an hour which is really tough. He was still swimming really solid at the end of the meet.

“After his third event, which was his lifetime-secondary time (in the 100 backstroke), he had maybe five minutes rest and he swam on our 400 freestyle relay. It was really quick – it took more time to eat lunch on the way home than it did to swim the meet.”

Lake had wins in two freestyles, the 200 in 2:05.16 and the 100 in 54.31 seconds. Other victors were Maag in the 100 butterfly (1:07.82) and Stark in the 200 individual medley (2:17.99). The 200 freestyle relay team of Maag, Garcia, Stark and Lake won in 1:41.07.
The Seacat girls will return to action when they compete in the Greeley, Colo., meet on Jan. 2 and 3. The boys will resume their schedule on Jan. 8 with a return trip to the Wyoming capital for action at Cheyenne Central. The full Seacat team then competes in the Kearney Invitational on Jan. 10.

“I think we’re in good shape,” Hayhurst said heading into two days of double practices before the state moratorium set in Wednesday. “Then we’ll come back the next week and swim every day over Christmas break for four hours total with five hours of dry-land practice time.
“So they’ll get pretty beaten up and that will keep them out of trouble. And we’ll work on some of these things that we’re struggling with a little bit so we can get them cleaned up and not have to worry about it.”

Seacat Double Duels

Girls
Scottsbluff/Gering 58, North Platte 38; Scottsbluff/Gering 62, McCook 34; North Platte 47, McCook 45
Seacats individual results
200 medley relay — 1. Scottsbluff/Gering A, 2:06.85 (Cierra Weatherfield, Sarah Cloud, Hannah Holloway, Anna Yanke); 3. Scottsbluff/Gering B, 2:31.37 (Hana Nagasawa, Baily Kreider, Kaitlyn Hayhurst, Rosa Garcia).

200 freestyle — 1. Megan Hayhurst, 2:19.61; 2. Hailey Sanderson, 2:26.11.
200 individual medley — 2. Cierra Weatherfield, 2:33.22.
50 freestyle — 3. Hannah Holloway, 27.83; 6, Baily Kreider, 34.16.
1-meter diving — 1. Rosa Garcia, 137.05; 3. Eliza Hale, 1:28.55.

100 butterfly — 1. Hannah Holloway, 1:11.74; 3. Hana Nagasawa, 1:26.63.
100 freestyle — 1. Anna Yanke, 1:01.60; 5. Hailey Sanderson, 1:06.39.
500 freestyle — 1. Megan Hayhurst, 6:24.85; 4. Makala Fogg, 6:59.08.

100 backstroke — 1. Cierra Weatherfield, 1:12.20; 3. Hana Nagasawa, 1:19.85.
100 breaststroke — 2. Sarah Cloud, 1:17.62; 3. Anna Yanke, 1:19.34.
400 freestyle relay — 2. Scottsbluff/Gering, 5:02.76 (Hana Nagasawa, Kaitlyn Hayhurst, Rosa Garcia, Baily Kreider).

Boys’ team scores

Scottsbluff/Gering 51, North Platte 37; Scottsbluff/Gering 57, McCook 27; North Platte 54, McCook 31.
Seacats individual results
200 medley relay — 1. Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:49.38 (Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings, Ian Galindo, McKay Lake).

200 freestyle — 1. John Stark, 2:02.88; 2. Jon Hastings, 2:11.59.
200 individual medley — 1. Ian Galindo, 2:11.60.
50 freestyle — 1. McKay Lake, 23.80; 6. Chase Osland, 29.23; 9. William Raney, 32.17.
100 butterfly — 2. James Maag, 1:05.05.
100 freestyle — 1. Ian Galindo, 52.09; 3. McKay Lake, 54.16.

500 freestyle — 1. John Stark, 5:33.52; 2. James Maag, 5:47.07.
200 freestyle relay — 1. Scottsbluff/Gering (Ian Galindo, James Maag, John Stark, McKay Lake), 1:38.47.
100 backstroke — 1. Tito Garcia, 1:04.56; 5. Chase Osland, 1:25.97.

100 breaststroke — 1. Jon Hastings, 1:05.53; 4. Chase Wells, 1:33.87.

Boys’ dual at Cheyenne South

Cheyenne South 88, Scottsbluff 87

Seacats individual results
200 medley relay – 2. Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:51.70 (Tito Garcia, Jon Hastings, Ian Galindo, John Stark).
200 freestyle – 1. McKay Lake, 2:05.16; 2. James Maag, 2:05.82.
200 individual medley – 1. John Stark, 2:17.99; 3. Tito Garcia, 2:28.69.
50 freestyle – 2. William Raney, 31.34.
100 butterfly – 1. James Maag, 1:07.82.

100 freestyle – 2. McKay Lake, 54.31; 3. Tito Garcia, 56.24; 4. Chase Osland, 1:06.76.
500 freestyle – 1. Jon Hastings, 5:56.65; 3. Chase Wells, 7:49.69.
200 freestyle relay – 1. Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:41.07 (James Maag, Tito Garcia, John Stark, McKay Lake).

100 backstroke – 1. Ian Galindo, 1:00.50; 5. Chase Osland, 1:29.08.
100 breaststroke – 1. Jon Hastings, 1:06.37; 3. John Stark, 1:12.46.
400 freestyle relay. 1 S-G 3:57.63 (James Maag, McKay Lake, Jon Hastings, Ian Galindo).

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