Dodge City Family YMCA Swim Team hosted the annual Western Kansas Swim Club Champions Meet last weekend. Fourteen teams from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas made their way to Dodge City to compete in the 50 meter pool at the Long Branch Lagoon.
Approximately 350 swimmers, ranging in age from 7 to 18, competed in the freestyle, back stroke, butterfly and breast stroke in races of various lengths. Swimmers earned team points for relay events and individual points in races adding to the team point total.
The squad from Great Bend took top honors as a team. However, Dodge City was well represented with two swimmers finishing in the Top Five High Point Swimmers in their age group. Henry Christensen (7) placed 5th in the 8-and-under boys group. Highlighting his meet were two 3rd place finishes in the 50 meters back and the 50 meters breast. This is Christensen’s first year to compete.
Also finishing in 5th place was Jonathan Austin (17). He competed in the 15-and-over boys group. Austin competed in seven individual events proving to be an excellent all-around swimmer. Highlighting his meet was a 2nd place finish in the 100 meters free race and a 3rd place finish in the 50 meters free, finishing less than .5 seconds out of first place.
Several swimmers will continue their season at the Missouri Valley District Championships next weekend in Wichita. The team is coached by Naomi Parrish, assisted by Hannah Sowers. They appreciate the support of the parents and community, especially the Long Branch Lagoon.
Following are results for the team from the WKSC Champions Meet:
200m Freestyle Relay
Girls 11-12 - 5th place - 8 points Ahmani Cansino, Abigayl Conrad, Anne-Marie Reid, Ylia Lopez Lozano
Girls 13-14 - 3rd place - 12 points Lenna Conrad, Serenity Larson, Adienne Asebedo, Harlie Wainscott
Boys 15 & over - 4th place - 10 points
Isaac Reiter, Wyatt Trombley, Eli Conrad, Jonathan Austin
200m Medley Relay
Girls 11-12 - 4th place - 10 points Abigayl Conrad, Ahmani Cansino, Ylia Lopez Lozano, Anne-Marie Reid
Girls 13-14 - 4th place - 10 points Mackenna Spencer, Adienne Asebedo, Serenity Larson, Harlie Wainscott
Boys 15 & over - 4th place - 10 points Wyatt Trombley, Eli Conrad, Jonathan Austin, Isaac Reiter
Jonathan Austin - 32 points 50m Free (3rd place), 100m Free (4th place), 200m IM (4th place), 200m Free (5th place), 100m Back (6th place), 100m Free (2nd place), 100m Breast (7th place)
Henry Christensen - 15 points 50m Free (6th place), 50m Back (3rd place), 50m Breast (3 rd place)
Eli Conard - 8 points 50m Free (7th place), 50m Back (4th place), 100m Free (8 th place)
Lenna Conard - 6 points 100m Back (3rd place)
Nate Conard - 5 points 50m Back (4th place)
Harlie Wainscott - 1 point 100m Free (8th place)