In a whirlwind week, that includes three swim meets, the Smithville boy’s team had some standout performances and first time swims. Junior Justin Coleman, and Freshmens Curt Bollinger, Tristan Pottebaum, Patrick Sheeran, and Luke Rich conquered the 500 yard freestyle for the first time, with Tristan Pottebaum posting the fastest time out of the bunch. Brady Bell with a time of 5:27.90 and Raymond Fugett with a time of 5:20.23 also swam the 500 Freestyle fast enough to make Missouri State consideration qualifying standards.
Ray Fugett and Kolby Ruff continue to be massive point scorers with five first place finishes over two days, posting fastest times in most of
their events. Dylan Holman and Henry Sharpe posted best times in the 50 Freestyle.
Nathan Noll qualified for state in the 50 Free and the 100 Free. This brings Nathan’s tally for state qualifying cuts to an amazing nine events, out of 11. He only needs to qualify in the 100 Breastroke and 400 Free Relay to achieve something most swimmers can only dream about. His mastery of all four strokes, and his consistancy on relays is remarkable.
Congratulations are in order for new swimmers Dylan Holman, Henry Sharpe, Patrick Sheeran, Luke Rich, and exchange student, Fabian Ebel, for their contributions to the team, and their bravery in attempting new and challeging events.
Also of note, is the team’s ability to scarf down an impressive amount of food after a swim meet. Setting a new team record, the boy’s managed to go through 12 cups of Freddy’s fry sauce, while causing the the unsuspecting restaurant to run out of french fries.
The team has a tough North Kansas City Invitational at Gladstone Community Center this Friday and Saturday.