Seacats’ Maag scores two secondary times in Omaha Westside meet
     2015-02-05      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
OMAHA – Scottsbluff/Gering Seacat senior James Maag posted two new secondary state-qualifying times Saturday, leading the swimming and diving team’s performance in the Omaha Westside Invitational.
Maag scored one of his secondary times in the 500-yard freestyle, placing 10th in 5:27.07. His other secondary time came in the 200 freestyle as he took 13th place in 1:58.46.

“James had a really good test in the 500, and his run home was really good,” Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said. “He was really smooth in both races and it led to him getting the two secondary times.”
Sophomore Ian Galindo also posted a new secondary time Saturday. Galindo reached his feat in the 100 butterfly, taking 10th place in 59.90 seconds. He previously had reached secondary level during his butterfly leg in the 400 medley relay, Hayhurst said.

Scottsbluff/Gering’s highest finisher was freshman McKay Lake, who scored a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 23.65 seconds.
Junior Jon Hastings was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.77).
Two Scottsbluff/Gering relays placed seventh. The 200 medley team of sophomore Tito Garcia-Ortiz, Hastings, Galindo and Lake came in at 1:52.89, and the 400 freestyle team of Galindo, Lake, Maag and Stark touched in at 3:35.29.

For the meet, the Scottsbluff/Gering boys placed 10th with 66 points. Millard North won with 276 points. Millard West was second with 228, followed by Omaha Westside with 176.
The Scottsbluff/Gering girls placed in 11th with one point. Omaha Marian took first with 297 points and was followed by Omaha Westside with 254 and Millard West with 182.

“This is our toughest meet other than state since we have to go all the way across the state,” Hayhurst said. “We swam about like we normally do, scoring a lot of best times, and so the kids swam well.”
The Seacats will have an intra-squad meet on Friday in preparation for their final regular-season competition, which is at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference meet in Columbus on Feb. 13 and 14.

“The intra-squad meet will help us tweak what we need to fix, and we’ll work on finding out our best relays for conference,” Hayhurst said. “And we’ll let the kids swim some races that they normally don’t during the year. It’s usually a lot of fun.”

Seacat girls’ results

Diving – 12. Eliza Hale, 238.9.

Seacat boys’ results

200 medley relay – 7. Scottsbluff/Gering), 1:52.89 (Tito Garcia-Ortiz, Jon Hastings, Ian Galindo, McKay Lake.
200 freestyle – 8. Ian Galindo, 1:56.03; 13. James Maag, 1:58.46, new secondary state time.

200 individual medley – 11. John Stark, 2:14.79.
50 freestyle – 4. McKay Lake, 23.65.
100 butterfly – 10. Ian Galindo, 59.90, new secondary state time.
100 freestyle – 12. McKay Lake, 53.92.
500 freestyle – 9. John Stark, 5:22.83; 10. James Maag, 5:27.07, new secondary state time.

100 breaststroke – 6. Jon Hastings, 1:06.77.
400 freestyle relay – 7. Scottsbluff/Gering, 3:35.29 (Ian Galindo, McKay Lake, James Maag, John Stark).

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