RECORD BREAKER — Allison Broesder swims in the 100m IM where she broke a pool record at the State Swim meet over the weekend.
(Below) Brady Barnhill competes and places 10th in the 25m Fly at the State Swim meet. Photos for the I-O by Amy Salois
In case you missed it, Conrad played host to 21 swim teams from across the Big Sky. Swimmers and their families came from Scobey to the Bitterroot and in-between to take advantage of Conrad’s hospitality.
Combined team places went like this: 1. Sidney, 2. Bitterroot, 3. Lewistown, 4. Malta, 5. Chinook, 6. Columbia Falls, 7. Glasgow, 8. Conrad, 9. Shelby, 10. Fort Benton, 11. Roundup, 12, Scobey, 13. Glendive, 14. Fairfield, 15. Chester, 16. Plentywood, 17. Cut Bank, 18. Harlem, 19. Choteau, 20. Plains, and 21. Sunburst.
Teams were split into four divisions, AA, A, B, and C. Conrad was moved up to the A division where they placed fifth..
Placing and exact scores were not available by the time the I-O went to press.
Conrad had 29 swimmers who qualified to swim at the meet. In all there were 555 swimmers at the Conrad Lions Club Swimming Pool. Add on parents, relatives and other kids and the city hosted well over 2,000 people over the weekend event.
Coach Llew Jones commented, “The meet went well and the community and team were complemented on their organization and cleanliness. He went on to add, “The meet even stayed on-time even with a couple of lightning and one hail delay.”
Split into gender groups, the Conrad girls’ team was third (one point out of second) and the much smaller boys’ team was 17th. “Both teams swam well,” Jones noted, “Conrad just needs to recruit a few more boys.”
Conrad team individuals won state championships in three events, were state runners up in four events, took third in four events, and placed in 34 events total.
Conrad relay teams had two state champions and broke a pool record, two third place finishes and had eight relays place in the meet.
Individually, in the Bantam class, Allison Broesder broke a pool record in the 100m IM with time of 1:59.05. The old pool record of 2:00.06 was set in 2009.
Makayla Barringer, swimming in the Intermediate class, won High Point honors, taking first in her three individual races. She also set a pool record in the 100m backstroke of 1:19.35. The old record of 1:20.12 was set in 2005.
Individual and relay places and times looked like this:
Jette Pruttis 6th, 100m IM, 4th 25m breast, 5th 25m fly; Allison Broesder 3rd, 100m IM, 3rd 50m fly, 2nd 25m fly; Jessica Kinamon 3rd, 25m free, 2nd 50m free, 10th 25m breast; Brady Barnhill 10th 25m fly.
In the girls’ 100m Medley relay, the tea of Hayden Dugan, Naomi Yeager, Broesder and Kinamon took fifth. The girls’ 100m free relay team of Broesder, Yeager, Jaylynn Krause and Kinamon took 8th place.
Dania Jones, 9tH 100m IM, 11th 50m free, 10th 100m free; Andrea Russell 4th, 100m IM, 2nd 50m back, 3rd 50m fly; Sheridan Johnson 12th 50m back.
The girls’ 100m Free relay team of Russell, Johnson, Brooke Mycke and Jones came in third.
The girls’ 100m Medley team of Russell, Mycke, Jones and Johnson placed third.
Krista Judisch 10th, 200m IM, 12th 50m beast; Kyleigh Salois 7th 200m IM, 6th 50m fly; Hunter Mycke 10th 50m free, 12th 100m free, 5th 50m fly; Hunter Nesbo 7th 50m back.
The boys’ 200m Free relay team of Nesbo, Kale Larson, parker Larson, and Mycke placed eight. The boys’ 200m Medley team of Nesbo, Nolan Dugan, Mycke, and K. Larson came in fourth.
The girls’ 200m Free medley team of Raelynn Johns, Judisch, Nicole Erickson, and Salois placed seventh.
The 200m Medley relay team of Judisch, Jones, Salois and Erickson took home fourth place.
Makayla Barringer, 1st 200m IM, 1st 100m back, 1st 50 fly; Jayde Richardson 4th 50m free, 4th 100m breast, 2nd 100m free; Taryn Erickson 6th 100m breast, 4th 100m back, 8th 50 fly.
The girls’ 200m Free relay team of Skylar Shirley, Barringer, Erickson and Richardson placed first. The 200m Medley team of Barringer, Shirley, Erickson and Richardson also placed first.
Along the way, the Medley team also smashed a pool record set in 2007 of 2:33.14 with a new time of 2:30.77.
From the week before at the Divisional meet, Roper Mycke placed 11th in the 25m back; Jette Pruttis was 3rd in the 100m IM, 3rd 25m breast and 1st in the 25m fly and S. Shirley took 7th 200m IM, 12th 100m breast, and 10th 100m free. The I-O apologizes for any inconvenience.
Coach Jones also noted that, “Despite being a very young team with no senior swimmers, we had an incredible year.”
The Conrad team implemented some successful new programs, including Minnow swimmers (4-7 year-olds) and, “We have a very strong base of hard working young athletes.”
The team swam or practiced five days a week, usually three times a day and went to swim meets every weekend. The team did take off on the Fourth of July, he said.
“These young athletes are at the pool at 6:15 in the morning and swim rain or shine, they are just an outstanding group to coach,” said Jones.
He also recognized the parents of the athletes for their commitment and sacrifice in taking the time to be so involved in the lives of their children.