WEBSTER CITY- The AHEELA Conference Championship Swim Meet on July 29th had to be cancelled after just 49 events due to lightning and rain.
The Cherokee Swim Team took 50 swimmers to the meet here and they got off to a great start. After the first nine events, Cherokee was in the lead! At the time the meet was called ,Cherokee was in 3rd place. The team had some great swims, despite some cold and rainy conditions, and team members were excited to be in the top three finishers when the meet ended. The meet was called off after the 13-14 girls' 50m breaststroke, leaving all the freestyle sprints, Individual Medleys and Free Relays left to swim.
A few swimmers were able to complete all three of their individual events before the meet was cancelled and there were 13 individual medals won during the meet. Additionally, five relay teams finished in the top three to earn medals.
Leading the charge for the Cherokee team was double winner Kylie Mongan, who took home gold medals for the 11-12 girls' 100m freestyle, which she swam in 1:11.63, and the 50m backstroke, where her time was :39.88.
Two swimmers took home silver medals from the meet. Kameron Royster placed 2nd in the 8 & under boys' 50m freestyle in a time of :46.47 , and Megan Brown was second in the 9-10 girls' 25m backstroke, in :23.06.
There was one Cherokee swimmer who won two bronze medals on the day. Kaeleb Royster, in the 11-12 boys' age group, took 3rd in the 50m backstroke, in :48.13 and in the 50m breaststroke in :48.75. Five more swimmers took home bronze medals. Kenna Mongan won a second medal, this time bronze, in the 8 & under girls' 25m backstroke in :30.61. Megan Brown also earned a second medal in the 9-10 girls' 50m freestyle, in a really tight race; where her time was :40.69. Simon Mummert was 3rd in the 8 & under boys' 25m backstroke in :32.65, Taylor Hirschman took bronze in the 13-14 girls' 100m freestyle in 1:19.26 and Brett Barritt did the same on the boys' side of the age group in a personal best time of 1:11.02.
The relay teams winning medals earned three silvers and two bronze. The boys won all the silver medals, with the 8 & under boys' 100m Medley Relay team of Emmet Steffes, Taylor Vandervort, Kameron Royster and Simon Mummert finishing in 2:21.45. The 9-10 boys' 100m Medley Relay team consisted of Matthew Stieneke, Kaiden Royster, Cael Wood and Carson Mongan, and their time was 1:40.31. Finally, the team's three 11-12 boys: Kaeleb Royster, Tyler Richardson and Trevor Lundquist, joined Brett Barritt to compete in the 13-14 boys' 200m Medley Relay, where they took second in 2:57.93. The first bronze medal relay team was the 8 & under girls' 100m Medley Relay team of Rayann Patterson, Kenna Mongan, Sara Williams and Makayla Steffes, who finished in 2:11.95. , and the 13-14 girls' 200m Medley Relay team of Justice Wolff, McKenna Alitz, Liz Herrera and Kayla Riedemann took third in 3:13.58.
The final standings after 49 events were: Algona 784, Forest City 705, Cherokee 701, Rockwell City 588.5, Storm Lake 523, Emmetsburg 454.5, Laurens 346, Fort Dodge 238, Webster City 157, Eagle Grove 126 and Humboldt 66.
The team wrapped up their season with an awards banquet on Sunday where every swimmer received an award and many were recognized with plaques for Most Improved, Most Dedicated and Most Valuable. The season was amazing and very successful for the Cherokee Swim Team with lots of improvement and fun along the way.