The Cherokee Swim Team took to the water in their first away dual meet of the season at Rockwell City. After a shower passed through just a few events into the meet, the meet resumed under much clearer skies. Because of the rain delay, the meet ended after event #62, which meant that about 20 events were not swum, and some swimmers only competed in two of their individual events. Despite the shortened meet, Cherokee still had two triple winners, four double winners and twelve individual event winners during the meet.
The triple winners were Curtis Riedemann and Halie Kraft. Curtis won the 8 & under boys' 25m backstroke in a time of :33.05, the 25m breaststroke in :44.34, and the 25m freestyle in :25.7. Halie won the 13-14 girls' 100m freestyle in 1:20.83, the 50m butterfly in :40.62 and the 50m freestyle in a time of :36.57.
The dual winners were Brett Barritt in the 13-14 boys' 50m backstroke in :46.31 and the 50m freestyle in :34.36; Aliyah Graybill in the 8 & under girls' 25m breaststroke in :35.78 and in the 25m freestyle in :30.03; Trevor Lundquist in the 9-10 boys' age group, where he took the 50m freestyle in a time of :46.78 and the 25m freestyle in :19.37; and Lindsay Williams in the 11-12 girls' 50m butterfly, with a time of :46.05 and in the 50m freestyle in :38.43.
The list of single winners starts with the 8 & under age group, where Jacklyn Goettsch won the girls' 25m butterfly in :57.87, Kenna Mongan took the 25m backstroke in :34.16, and Jaylyn Vandervort won the 50m freestyle in a time of 1:41.12. In the 9-10 girls' age group, the Cherokee team had wins in five of the six events swum in that age group including Megan Brown in the 25m freestyle in :19.33, Addie Cosgrove in the 50m freestyle in :52.77, Alayne Graybill in the 25m breaststroke in :29.87, Morgan Graybill in the 25m butterfly in :28.25, and Taylor Richardson in the 100m freestyle, in a time of 1:44.56.
On the boys' side of the 9-10 age group, Carson Mongan took first in the 25m breaststroke in :34.86 and Matthew Stieneke won the 25m backstroke in a time of :25.76. In the 11-12 girls' age group, Kylie Mongan won the 50m backstroke with a time of :43.65; and in the 13-14 girls' age group, Liz Herrera took the 50m breaststroke in :51.11, while Grace Teusink won the 50m backstroke in :46.8.
Relay wins were confined to the medley relays, as the freestyle relays were not swum, but out of the 10 possible age groups, Cherokee had teams in eight of them and won six of those races. The 8 & under girls' 100m Medley Relay team of Rayann Patterson, Aliyah Graybill, Kenna Mongan and Jaylyn Vandervort took first in a time of 3:00.26, while the boys in that age group finished in 2:32.9 to take first with the team of Brock and Brandon Mier, Curtis Riedemann and Dawson Ducommun.
The 9-10 girls' and boys' teams both won their 100m Medley Relays. For the girls, who took first in 1:46.76 , team members were Alayne Graybill, Brianna Sleezer, Emma Jensen and Taylor Richardson. Matthew Stieneke, James Creel, Carson Mongan and Trevor Lundquist took first in the boys' 100m Medley with their time of 1:52.87.
In the 13-14 age group, the girls' 200m Medley Relay won, with the team of Taylor Hirschman, Liz Herrera, Hayley Graybill and Katie Gannon swimming in a time of 3:23.59. In the 15 & over age group, there were two mixed relays competing and winning the 200m Medleys. On the girls' side was the team of Mikki Hinkhouse, Grace Teusink, Halie Kraft and Mikayla Schuett, who won in 2:59.92, while on the boys' side, it was Tyler Richardson, Brett Barritt, Calvin Chalstrom and Taylor Blackburn winning in 3:39.66.
There were again many instances of swimmers coming in second only to teammates, creating some fun races and great motivation for the team. That list begins with the 8 & under age group. For the boys, Dawson Ducommun was second in the 25m freestyle with a time of :32.17, while Brock Mier finished the 25m backstroke in :44.17. For the girls, it was Jacklyn Goettsch in the 25m freestyle in :22.16, Kenna Mongan the 25m breaststroke in :43.42, and Aliyah Graybill the 25m backstroke in :36.97. In the 9-10 girls' age group, Megan Brown was second in the 100m freestyle which she finished in 1:46.07, while Raegen Brunsting finished the 50m freestyle in :53.15, and in an unusual situation Taylor Richardson and Rylee Gannon tied for second in the 25m freestyle in :20.93.
On the boys' side of that age group, Matthew Stieneke was second in both the 50m freestyle, which he finished in :48.39, and the 25m freestyle, which he clocked at :20.06 and Trevor Lundquist was a close second in the 25m backstroke ,where he went :26.47.
In the 11-12 girls' age group, Kayla Riedemann finished second in the 50m freestyle in a time of :42.76, and in the 13-14 girls' age group, there were several close races, including Hayley Graybill in the 50m breaststroke at :51.82; Mikki Hinkhouse in the 100m freestyle, where she went 1:29.37 and the 50m backstroke, where she went :50.51; and Grace Teusink in the 50m freestyle, with her time of :38.31.
It was a perfect night for a swim meet when the Cherokee Swim Team hosted the Storm Lake Swim team in a dual meet on Wed. June 29 at the Bacon Aquatic Center. Over 100 swimmers participated in the meet, which lasted until almost 9pm. It was another night of great improvements and close races.
Only one Cherokee swimmer won all three of their individual events during the meet, and that was Curtis Riedemann, who took first in the 8 & under boys' 25m backstroke in :35.29, the 25m breaststroke in :40.99 and the 25m freestyle in :25.28.
Five swimmers won two individual events, including Kaely Hummel, who took first in the 11-12 girls' 100m freestyle in 1:18.38 and in the 50m freestyle in :34.67. In her third event, Kaely was less than a second behind a teammate in a very close 100m Individual Medley race that she clocked at 1:33.83. Kylie Mongan was another double winner in that age group, taking the 100m I.M. in 1:33.07 and the 50m backstroke in a record-setting :41.48, breaking the previous record of :42.38, which was set by Sybil Reinert in 1997. Kylie's sister, Kenna Mongan, was also a double winner in the 8 & under girls' age group, taking first in the 25m backstroke in :29.02 and in the 100m I.M. in 3:05.72.
In the 13-14 boys' age group, Calvin Chalstrom took first in the 50m breaststroke in :50.84 and the 100m I.M. in 1:59.78, and Brennon Prentice took the 15 & over boys' 100m freestyle in 1:11.95 and the 50m breaststroke in :38.2.
Twelve more swimmers each won one individual event during the meet. Brock Mier won the 8 & under boys' 50m freestyle in 1:22.37; four girls won events in the 9-10 girls' age group, including Rylee Gannon, who the 25m freestyle in a time of :19.95; Alayne Graybill, who took the 25m backstroke in :26.7; Taylor Richardson. who won the 50m freestyle in :45.87; and Brianna Sleezer, who won the 100m freestyle in 1:48.33. On the boys' side of that age group, Trevor Lundquist posted a :25.09 to win the 25m backstroke.
Halie Kraft won the 13-14 girls' 100m freestyle in 1:19.47, while on the boys' side of that age group Brett Barritt won the 50m freestyle in :33.54, Adam Cedar took the 100m freestyle in 1:20.37, and Mitchell West took the 50m backstroke in :44.91. The two 15 & over girls each won one event during the meet, with Brianna Fowler taking the 50m backstroke in :39.07 and Mikayla Schuett touching out Brianna to win the 50m freestyle in :34.95. Brianna was only .02 behind in a very close and exciting race to watch.
Of the 16 "A" relay events the Cherokee team competed in, they won ten of them. The 8 & under girls won both their relay events. In the 100m Medley Relay, the team of Rayann Patterson, Jacklyn Goettsch, Kenna Mongan and Sarah Mesler won in 2:57.69; while in the 100m Free Relay, it was Aliyah Graybill, Mesler, Goettsch and Mongan winning in 2:17.72. The "B" Medley Relay team of Angel Jansen, Sara Williams, Jaylyn Vandervort and Bailey Wilkie was right behind their teammates taking second place with a time of 3:06.89. The 8 & under boys' team of Dawson Ducommun, Brock Mier, Brandon Mier and Curtis Riedemann also won the 100m Medley Relay in a time of 2:44.96. In the 9-10 girls' age group it was the 100m Medley Relay team of Taylor Richardson, Megan Brown and Brianna Sleezer that took first in a time of 1:26.81. The 11-12 girls won both their relay events during the meet with the team of Kylie Mongan, McKenna Alitz, Lindsay Williams and Kaely Mongan taking the 200m Medley event in 2:50.86; while in the Free Relay the team of Mongan, Williams, Hummel and Alyssa Trapp set a new record of 2:33.5 in the 200m Free Relay event, breaking the previous record of 2:34.74 set in 2001 by Lauren Pike, Kaylee Johnson, Kylie Dilla and Mallory Meylor. The 13-14 boys' relay teams took first and second in all their relay races during the meet. The "A" relay team of Mitchell West, Calvin Chalstrom, Brett Barritt and Adam Cedar won the 200m Medley Relay event in 3:04.35 while the "B" relay team of mixed ages, took second with the team of Trevor Lundquist, Carson Mongan, Tyler Richardson and Alex Winchell. In the 200m Free Relay it was West, Chalstrom, Barritt and Winchell taking first in 2:37.57 while another mixed group of Chalstrom, Mongan, Richardson and Matthew Stieneke took second. Finally in the 15 & over age group another mixed relay group took first in both events with Brianna Fowler, Brennon Prentice, Jaden Lux and Mikayla Schuett winning the 200m Medley Relay in 2:41.52 and Fowler, Prentice and Schuett had some help from Storm Lake swimmer Max Lalone to post a win in the 200m Free Relay in a time of 2:15.13.
In addition to the races already mentioned, there were several other races where swimmers finished in second place behind teammates. In the 9-10 girls' 25m freestyle, Taylor Richardson was only about a half second behind when she took second in a time of :20.48; Megan Brown was also in second place behind a teammate in the 100m freestyle event, where she posted a time of 1:49.69. In the 9-10 boys' 25m backstroke, Matthew Stieneke was only .58 out of first place with his time of :25.67.
Lindsay Williams was second in the 50m backstroke in the 11-12 girls' age group in :50.89., and the rest of the second place finishes behind teammates were in the 13-14 boys' age group, where Brett Barritt was second in the 100m freestyle in 1:26.63 and in the 50m backstroke in :46.67 and Adam Cedar was second in the 50m freestyle in :33.75.
There was another record broken this year; during the first home meet of the season, two Cherokee swimmers broke the 11-12 girls' 100m freestyle record from 1978, held by Michelle Pickens. The previous record of 1:17.78 was smashed by Kaely Hummel in her close victory, where she posted a winning time of 1:14.99.
Cherokee has a home meet on Wednesday July 13, and then finish with three away meets on Saturday July 16, Wednesday July 20 and Saturday July 23. The team will then have their awards picnic on Sunday July 24.