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Cherokee Swim Team ends dual season

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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.

Butterflies are free - Lindsay Wlliams swims the butterfly event. Photo submitted.
The list of double event winners begins with Megan Brown, who took the 8 & under girls' 50m freestyle in 52.76 and the 25m breaststroke in 31.49 where she JUST beat her teammate Morgan Graybill who finished in 31.75 seconds. Next up is Scott Long, who won the 15 & over boys' 50m breaststroke in 56 flat and the 50m freestyle in 37.15 seconds. Brennon Prentice captured two events in the 13-14 boys' age group when he won the 50m breaststroke in 43.24 seconds and also the 100m Individual Medley (I.M.) in 1:32.83. Michael Rosewall took two more events in that same age group, the 100m freestyle in 1:16.68 and the 50m freestyle in 33.65, where he just beat Brennon, who finished in 34.5 seconds to take second place in that race. Matthew Stieneke posted two wins in the 8 & under boys' age group by winning the 50m freestyle with a time of 57.92 and the 25m freestyle in 32.2 seconds. The final trio of double winners has dominated the 9-10 girls' age group in every meet this season. Kylie Mongan took two events by winning the 100m freestyle in 1:25.52 and the 25m butterfly in 20.81 seconds. Alyssa Trapp took first in the 25m breaststroke over Kylie, with Trapp finishing in 24.68 to take the win while Kylie was at 25.29. In the 100m I.M. Alyssa finished in 2:02.23 to take the win. Finally, Lindsay Williams took the 5th and 6th events out of 7 in this age group for the Cherokee team when she won the 50m freestyle in 42.32 and the 25m freestyle in 17.71, in the 100m freestyle she finished just behind Kylie with a time of 1:28.15.

'Back' in the swim Emma Jensen swims the backstroke in a recent meet. Photo submitted.
The single winners' list starts with Brett Barritt who had some tough competition in the 11-12 boys' age group. He managed a win in the 100m freestyle but was 2nd in his other two events. His winning 100m free time was 1:31.00. Calvin Chalstrom took another event in this age group when he won the 50m breaststroke in 53.37. He was followed in that event by teammate Taylan Entriken who finished in 55.72 seconds. Brianna Fowler posted another win in the 15 & over girls' 50m backstroke in a time of 40.5. Hayley Graybill and Kaely Hummel each posted a win in the tough 11-12 girls' age group where Hayley won the 50m butterfly in 48 seconds flat, while Kaely took the 50m breaststroke in 50.79 seconds. Emily Haselhoff and Halie Kraft did the same in the 13-14 girls' age group where Emily won the 50m breaststroke in 48.35 seconds and Halie the 100m freestyle event in 1:18.62. Tyler Richardson and Kaeleb Royster were another pair to win events in their age group. These two guys were competing in the 9-10 boys' age group, where Tyler won the 25m breaststroke in 26.37, followed by Kaeleb in 27.99 seconds and in the 100m freestyle it was Kaeleb winning in 2:10.75. The final single event winner was Kaeleb's brother Kameron in the 8 & under boys' age group where he won the 25m butterfly event in a time of 39.17.

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.

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