The Cherokee Swim Team opened their 2011 season on June 15 by hosting the Laurens Swim Team in the first dual meet of the season. It was a great night for a swim meet and Laurens brought some fast swimmers to challenge Cherokee's team.
The swimmers each swim up to three individual events and two relays during a meet, and Cherokee had two triple winners during the meet. Brianna Fowler won the 15 & over girls' 100m freestyle in a time of 1:18.88, the 50m backstroke in :39.16, and the 50m freestyle with a time of :35.19, and Kaely Hummel took the 11-12 girls' 100m freestyle in 1:14.99 in a VERY close race, and also won the 50m freestyle in :34.04 and the 100m Individual Medley in a time of 1:36.48.
Five swimmers won two individual events during the meet. Kenna Mongan took first in the 8 & under girls' 50m freestyle in a time of 1:00.69 and in the 25m backstroke in :30.54; Curtis Riedeman won the 25m freestyle in :26.9 and the 25m backstroke in :35.53 in the 8 & under boys' age group; Taylor Richardson was first in the 25m freestyle in a time of :19.76 and also took first place in the 100m I.M. in 2:03.59 in the 9-10 girls' age group. On the boys' side of the 9-10 age group, Matthew Stieneke won the 100m freestyle in 1:52.97 along with the 50m freestyle in :47.68; and Kaeleb Royster, in the 11-12 boys' age group, won the 100m freestyle in 1:42.41 and the 50m breaststroke in :54.59.
Seven swimmers won single individual events during the meet. Megan Brown, in the 9-10 girls' 100m freestyle in a time of 1:49.14; Brianna Sleezer in the 9-10 girls' 25m breaststroke, in :29.78; McKenna Alitz in the 11-12 girls' 50m breaststroke (:48.92), in a close race; Lindsay Williams in the 11-12 girls' 50m butterfly (:49.14) and Kylie Mongan in the 11-12 girls' 50m backstroke ( :43.49) .
Two 13-14 boys also won events during the meet - Brett Barritt in the 100m freestyle, in a time of 1:19.7 and Calvin Chalstrom in the 50m breaststroke in :49.48.
10 relays also captured first place honors during the meet. The 8 & under boys' relay team of Curtis Riedemann, Brock Mier, Brandon Mier and Kameron Royster won the 100m Medley Relay in 2:36.0 and the100m Freestyle Relay in 2:14.33. The 9-10 girls' 100m Freestyle Relay team of Megan Brown, Brianna Sleezer, Justice Wolff and Taylor Richardson won in a time of 1:26.6. The 9-10 boys took both relay events in their age group, with Matthew Stieneke, Kaiden Royster, Jacob Tuttle and Damon Williams clocking a 2:28.06 in the 100m Medley and the mixed team of Stieneke, Royster, Tuttle and Brooklyn Wissbaum swimming a 1:55.93 in the 100m Freestyle Relay.
The 11-12 girls' "A" relay teams also took first place in both their relay events. In the 200m Medley it was Kylie Mongan, Kaely Hummel, McKenna Alitz and Lindsay Williams winning in a time of 2:53.59, while in the 200m Freestyle Relay it took 2:36.54 for Hummel, Mongan, Williams and Alyssa Trapp to win. The 11-12 boys took first in the 200m Freestyle Relay in a time of 3:36.35 with another mixed team of Madelyn Herrera, Taylor Blackburn, Kaeleb Royster and Tyler Richardson . The 13-14 boys' relay teams both took first. In the 200m Medley it was the team of Mitchell West, Calvin Chalstrom, Adam Cedar and Brett Barritt who took first in a time of 3:06.74, while West, Cedar, Barritt and Alex Winchell won the 200m freestyle relay in 2:43.04.
There were also several second place finishes that came just behind teammates and proved for some fun races. Early in the meet Kylie Mongan was touched out by just .43 seconds in the 11-12 girls' 100m freestlye where she finished in 1:15.42. Later she placed second by less than 1.5 seconds in the 50m breaststroke race with her time of :50.32. Also in that age group, Lindsay Williams was second in the 50m freestlye with a time of :38.77 and in the 100m I.M. where she clocked 1:46.41. Two more swimmers finished in second in this age group with Addisyn Jensen taking second in the 50m butterfly in :59.99 while Apryl Mesler was second in the 50m backstroke race where she posted a time of :52.66. This is obviously a very competitive age bracket for the Cherokee team. In the 8 & under age group Bailey Wilkie took a second place finish to a teammate in the 25m backstroke and finished in :39.76; while for the boys Kameron Royster was second in the 25m freestyle in :28.43. Rylee Gannon did the same in the 9-10 girls' 25m freestyle where she finished in :20.5. Justice Wolff was second in the 100m freestyle for the same age group with a time of 2:08.75 and on the boys' side of the age group in the same event was Damon Williams in second with a 2:56.08. In the 11-12 boys' age group Tyler Richardson had one second place finish behind a teammate with his :59.99 finish in the 50m breaststroke and for Adam Cedar it was the 13-14 boys' 100m freestyle where he finished second in 1:20.23.
Cherokee Swim Team coach Jodi B. Mogan said, "It was a great first meet for the team and we saw some great improvements in time from the first week of practice to the meet. We are looking forward to a great season."
The team hosted a second dual meet on June 29 with Storm Lake, after having to postpone their meet in Algona on June 22 to Sat. July 16.