LAURENS -The Cherokee Swim Team ended its dual meet season by traveling to Laurens on Wed. July 21. The meet went quickly, giving the athletes little rest time between events. Despite that, some great swims were recorded and several swimmers ended their 2010 season at this meet. The meet saw 48 individual best times recorded even though there were no triple winners. There were a season high 8 double winners and 10 single event winners also. In the relays Cherokee posted wins in 13 of its 20 relay races.
That brings us to the relay events where numbers and depth helped Cherokee post so many wins. In the 8 & under age group the girls won the 100m free relay with teammates Emma Jensen, Morgan Graybill, Eleanor Chalstrom and Megan Brown in a time of 1:48.84. They also won the 100m medley relay when the opposing team's relay was DisQualifieD due to one swimmer doing the wrong stroke on her leg of the race. That team consisted of Bailey Wilkie, Graybill, Jensen and Brown. The boys won both their relays in this age group. The 100m medley relay team consisted of Matthew Stieneke, Dawson Ducommun, Kameron Royster and Kaiden Royster who won in 2:54.3. In the 100m free relay it was Stieneke, the two Royster brothers and Curtis Riedemann who took first in 2:20.79. The 9-10 age group won all four of its relay events. On the girls' side of the age group the 100m medley team consisted of Apryl Mesler, Alyssa Trapp, Lindsay Williams and Jennifer Barrit and they won with a time of 1:35.9; while in the free relay it was Williams, Barritt, Kylie Mongan and Addisyn Jensen who took first in 1:19.18. For the boys it was the team of Thad Booth, Kaeleb Royster, Tyler Richardson and Carson Mongan winning both relays. The 100m medley relay was completed in 1:59.75 while the 100m free relay took just 1:43.51 to win. The 11-12 boys' team also managed to win both their relays. The team of Kyle Roepke, Calvin Chalstrom, Taylan Entriken and Brett Barritt won the 200m medley relay in an unknown time and in the 200m free relay it was 3:06.3 that gave them the win. Of note on the girls' side of this age group was the 200m medley race where 3 of the 5 teams were DQ'd for various reasons, leaving Cherokee's "C" relay team finishing in second place with the team of Abby Plum, Katie Gannon, Kylie Mongan and Liz Wulfsen. In the 13-14 age group there was only a girls' relay and they won the 200m free relay after being DQ'd in the 200m medley. The winning free relay team consisted of Mikki Hinkhouse, Britney Sargent, Halie Kraft and Emily Haselhoff and they finished in 2:39.87. Finally the 15-18 girls' relay team of Brianna Fowler, Niesa Freed, Beth Hanner and Mikayla Schuett won the 200m medley relay in a time of 2:59.1 while in the 200m free relay it was 2:39.72 that earned them first place.
Swimmers competing in their last meet of the season were Dawson Ducommun, Tate Entriken, Katie and Rylee Gannon, Mikki Hinkhouse, Scott Long, Hailee Maurer, Brandon and Brock Mier, Bailey Wilkie, Callie Wilson and Liz Wulfsen. The rest of the team will be making the long trip to Forest City on Saturday, July 24 to compete against the 10 other teams in the AHEELA Conference for the conference title and more season best swims among a field of nearly 400 swimmers.