Seacats make big splashes in home meet
     2015-01-29      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photos by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - John Stark takes a breath during the 500 yard freestyle at the Twin City Invitational at Splash Arena on Saturday. Stark, who won the 500 freestyle in 5:16.08, also posted a new secondary state-qualifying time in the 200 freestyle. His time of 1:59.14 placed him second in the event. 
SCOTTSBLUFF – From the time Scottsbluff/Gering freshman Rosa Garcia completed a winning performance in the diving competition Friday evening through Saturday’s solid swimming performances led by Seacat sophomore Ian Galindo’s pair of victories, the Twin City Invitational swimming and diving meet at Splash Arena was a success for the home team.

Both Seacat teams completed runner-up performances in the four-school meet, finishing well behind double team champion Omaha Westside. The Scottsbluff/Gering girls scored 302 points to Westside’s 599, while the Seacat boys collected 216 to the Warriors’ 501.

Garcia was competing in just her second 11-dive competition, and despite not earning a score on one dive, she finished with 265.35 points.

“If she doesn’t fail that dive, she’s in the 280s,” Seacats coach Mike Hayhurst said of Garcia, who had scored 261.65 at Kearney the week before.

“She needs 300 to make state and she has two more shots, Westside (this week) and our conference meet. It’s not impossible that she could make state. It’s a matter of her hitting all 11 dives and being consistent is probably the key.”
In the pool on Saturday, Galindo was selected as the Male Swimmer of the Meet after he was the only male swimmer to capture two victories, winning the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.18 and the 100 freestyle in 52 seconds. He was also on the 200 medley relay that placed second.

“They weren’t his best times; he was feeling a little under the weather, but he still finished relatively easy in both of them,” Hayhurst said of Galindo.
The day also went well for sophomore John Stark, who won the 500 freestyle in 5:16.08 and posted a new secondary state-qualifying time in the 200 freestyle. His time of 1:59.14 placed him second in the event.

Also marking a new secondary time was the Seacat girls’ 200 medley relay team of senior Cierra Weatherfield, juniors Sarah Cloud and Hannah Holloway and sophomore Anna Yanke, who turned in a time of 2:04.88 while placing first.
“Last year, 2:06 got into state, so I feel pretty good that it should be good enough to get in,” Hayhurst said.

Other Seacat girls’ winners were Weatherfield in the 500 freestyle in a season’s-best 5:48.49 and their 200 freestyle relay team of Holloway, Yanke, Cloud and Weatherfield in 1:52.91. For the boys, freshman McKay Lake won the 50 freestyle in 23.51 seconds.
The Seacats will travel to Westside’s meet on Friday and Saturday. The field will include not only the strong host Warriors but most of the Omaha-area teams that are perennial state powers.

“It’s probably the toughest competition we will face other than at state, as far as depth goes,” Hayhurst said.

Twin City Invitational

Girls Team Scoring

Omaha Westside 599, Scottsbluff/Gering 302, North Platte 150, McCook 108.
Seacat Girls Results
200 medley relay – 1. Scottsbluff/Gering, 2:04.88, new secondary state time (Cierra Weatherfield, Sarah Cloud, Hannah Holloway, Anna Yanke).
Diving – 1. Rosa Garcia, 265.35; 4. Eliza Hale, 220.60.
200 freestyle – 7. Hailey Sanderson, 2:24.74; 9. Makala Fogg, 2:30.41; 10. Kaitlyn Hayhurst, 2:34.74.
200 individual medley – 2. Cierra Weatherfield, 2:31.85; 6. Sarah Cloud, 2:36.46; 10. Baily Kreider, 3:02.94.
50 freestyle – 5. Hannah Holloway, 27.60; 14. Rosa Garcia, 31.77; 16. Hanna Kautz, 32.29; 19. Lia Selvey, 45.35.
100 butterfly – 4. Hannah Holloway, 1:10.22; 7. Hana Nagasawa, 1:21.03; 9. Kaitlyn Hayhurst, 1:32.60.
100 freestyle–5. Anna Yanke, 1:01.36.
500 freestyle – 1. Cierra Weatherfield, 5:48.49; 6. Megan Hayhurst, 6:14.11; 7. Makala Fogg, 6:29.39; 8. Hailey Sanderson, 6:38.28.
200 freestyle relay – 1, Scottsbluff/Gering A, 1:52.91 (Hannah Holloway, Anna Yanke, Sarah Cloud, Cierra Weatherfield); 6. Scottsbluff/Gering B, 2:06.38 (Kaitlyn Hayhurst, Hailey Sanderson, Hanna Kautz, Megan Hayhurst).
100 backstroke – 8. Hana Nagasawa, 1:19.59.
100 breaststroke – 3. Sarah Cloud, 1:16.26; 5. Anna Yanke, 1:17.85; 7. Baily Kreider, 1:35.37.

400 freestyle relay – 4. Scottsbluff/Gering A, 4:36.47 (Hailey Sanderson, Megan Hayhurst, Hana Nagasawa, Makala Fogg). 6, Scottsbluff/Gering B, 4:52.81 (Kaitlyn Hayhurst, Baily Kreider, Hanna Kautz, Rosa Garcia).
Boys’ team scoring

Omaha Westside 501, Scottsbluff/Gering 216, North Platte 176, McCook 171.
Seacat boys’ results
200 medley relay – 2. Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:51.32 (Tito Garcia-Ortiz, John Stark, Ian Galindo, McKay Lake).
200 freestyle – 2. John Stark, 1:59.14, new secondary state time; 4. James Maag, 2:02.94; 10. Chase Wells, 2:30.31.
200 individual medley – 1. Ian Galindo, 2:12.18; 4. Tito Garcia-Ortiz, 2:19.55.
50 freestyle – 1. McKay Lake, 23.51; 10. Chase Osland, 27.19.
100 butterfly – 5. James Maag, 1:06.75.
100 freestyle – 1. Ian Galindo, 52.00; 7. McKay Lake, 58.00.
500 freestyle – 1. John Stark, 5:16.08.
200 freestyle relay – 4. Scottsbluff/Gering, 2:06.47 (Chase Wells, Chase Osland, Thomas Henderson, William Raney).
100 backstroke – 3. Tito Garcia-Ortiz, 1:06.60.
100 breaststroke – 5. Chase Wells, 1:27.35.
400 freestyle relay – 3. Scottsbluff/Gering, 4:04.95 (James Maag, John Stark, Chase Osland, Chase Wells).

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