The Cherokee Swim Team concluded its 2008 season with a recent awards potluck at the Cherokee Community Center.
Coach Jodi Mongan thanked everyone for a great season and handed out the medals and ribbons from the conference swim meet. In addition to the conference ribbons, each swimmer left with at least one award.
The first awards were plaques given to the Most Valuable and Most Improved swimmers of the 2008 season. For the 10 and under girls, there were two plaques awarded for Most Valuable and they were Kaely Hummel and Kylie Mongan. Both were consistent winners throughout the season and contributed a lot of points to the team totals. For the 10 and under boys Tyler Richardson and Adam Cedar were both awarded Most Valuable plaques. For the 11 and over girls the Most Valuable plaque went to Emily Haselhoff and for the boys it went to Brett Walker.
The Most Improved category is always a very difficult choice as there are many, many deserving swimmers each year. The award typically goes to new swimmers and this years' group was no exception. This year plaques went to Tyler Richardson and Brett Barritt in the 10 and under boys' category, and Jennifer Barritt and Rylie DeWitt for the 10 and under girls. Emilee McGee was the plaque recipient for the 11 and over girls and both newcomer Dustin Rosewall and veteran swimmer Nathan Fowler were awarded plaques for the 11 and over boys.
In addition to the plaques, many more swimmers were awarded certificates as honorable mentions in these two categories. In the Most Valuable category the honorable mentions for the 10 and under boys were Calvin Chalstrom and T.J. Hockenson. For the 11 and over girls' Most Improved Denise Freed was an honorable mention. In the 10 and under Most Improved category the boys' honorable mentions were Grant Wulfsen, Wyatt Kraft and Calvin Chalstrom; while for the girls the honorable mentions were Jessika Petersen, Hailee Maurer, Becca Entriken, Lindsay Williams and Liz Wulfsen.
Many other certificates were handed out as well until every swimmer had at least one certificate to commemorate the season. Awards ranged from serious to all-in-good-fun. The other awards were: Record Breakers: Brett Walker, Kylie Mongan, Abby Goettsch, Jennifer Barritt, Rylie DeWitt, Lindsay Williams, Kaely Hummel and Adam Cedar; Iowa Games Participant awards: Calvin Chalstrom, Kylie Mongan and Liz Herrera; Team Players: Kelsey Hockenson, Hayley Graybill, Beth Hanner and Liz Herrera; Helping Hands: Allie Chase, Calvin Chalstrom and Eleanor Chalstrom; Husker Honeys(these three girls attended a swim camp at the Univ of NE, Lincoln): Halie Kraft, Emily Haselhoff and Kylie Mongan; Longest Yardage: Liz Herrera, Hayley Graybill and Paige Kraft; Top Fundraisers: Dallas Boger, Adam Cedar and Jessika Peterson; Newbies: Taylan Entriken, Carson Mongan, Kenna Mongan, Kael Royster, Kam Royster and Kaid Royster; Smiley Face: Abby Goettsch and Kenna Mongan; Early Birds: Kaely Hummel, Hayley Graybill, Mikayla Schuett, Brennon Prentice and Dustin Rosewall; Pool Rats: Hailee Maurer, Rylie DeWitt, Jessika Petersen and Jennifer Barritt; Biggest Surprise: Brett Barritt and Liz Wulfsen; Dive Team: Taylor Richardson, Tyler Richardson, Lindsay Williams, Emma Jensen, Addisyn Jensen and Abbie Plum; Ghost: Paige Stieneke, Emily Cook, Abbie Plum and Jana Chase; Best Storyteller: Hayden Graybill; Towel Huggers: Wyatt Kraft, Grant Wulfsen and Liz Dawson; Best Excuse: Sophia Haselhoff; Future Actors: T.J. Hockenson, Adam Cedar and Brett Barritt; Honest Abe: Calvin Chalstrom; Dry Hair: Brianna Fowler and Beth Hanner; Kickboard Award: Eleanor Chalstrom and Becca Entriken; Shower Heads: Dallas Boger, Mitchell West, Nate Fowler, Brennon Prentice and Brett Walker; Bathing Beauties: Liz Herrera, Lindsay Williams, Hayley Graybill, Kaely Hummel and Hayden Graybill.
Coach Jodi Mongan said, "The potluck was a great way to wrap up the season and recognize the contributions of every swimmer as well as celebrate the hard work and improvement of the swimmers."