The Northland is taking notice of the Smithville Boy’s Swim Team! In an exciting finish, the team came in 4th overall at Saturday’s Battle of the Northland Invitational. The Team’s 200 Medley Relay of Ruff, Bell, Noll, and Fugett proved unstoppable with a first place medal finish to kick off the meet. Raymond Fugett, as relay anchor, rocketed to a 22.90 freestyle split. Freshmen Kolby Ruff is demonstrating his potential as a major contender in Missouri. Despite being held back from full training due to shoulder injuries, he got second in 50 Free and third in the 100 Free, fast enough for two medals. Junior Nathan Noll took down two more state cuts in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke, medaling in both events and setting new school records. Fierce competitor Brady Bell medaled in the 100 Breastroke. The most exciting moment of the meet occurred when Nathan Noll dove in last in his heat as anchor for the 400 free relay, and in a blaze, picked off his competition one by one, to a third place medal finish.
Soaking in everthing they can from seasoned swimmers like Justin Coleman, who conquered the tough 100 Butterfly, and Josh Rich who cut 10 seconds off his 200 IM, the team’s newcomers are showing great potential. Freshmen Tristan Pottebaum swam the 500 Freestyle for the first time, and Curt Bollinger cut five seconds to finish first in his heat in the 100 Breastroke. Freshmen Henry Sharpe and Patrick Sheeran had best swims in the 50 freestyle.
Next Competition is September 11th when the team duals St.Joe and Platte County at the Missouri West State pool.