In an exciting and fun filled weekend of fast swimming, Boy’s Varsity beat Grain Valley, Winnetonka, and Raytown South to place third at the Blue Division Conference. The powerful relay of Kolby Ruff, Brady Bell, Nathan Noll, and Ray Fugett kicked off Saturday’s competition by winning the 200 Medley Relay and setting a new team record with a 1:40.11. Kolby swam the backstroke leg in 26.73 seconds, Brady the breastroke in 27.92 seconds, Nathan the butterfly in 23.33 seconds, and Ray anchored with the freestyle in a 22.14 seconds. These were perfect splits for a perfect Gold Medal, beating out Kearney and Platte County.
Nathan Noll, seeded first in 200 Free, marched out in his Halloween costume to a selection from Kanye West’s new album, and delivered in the pool with a new conference record of 1:44.26. Shortly after receiving his gold medal on the podium, he became conference champion again in the 100 Fly, with another conference record of 51.58, posting his fastest time of the year and putting him in excellent position for the state championships in two weeks. Noll is currently ranked second in the state in the 100 Fly, and fourth in the state in the 200 Free.
Brady Bell had a fanstastic day with two silver medals. He really delivered for the team by shaving off five seconds from the prelims in his 200 Individual Medley, and out touching Platte County for second place with a new personal best time of 2:07.76. In his favorite event, the 100 Breastroke, he out touched Kearney’s best with a 1:02.35, for another silver medal.
There was a huge moment for Raymond Fugett when he blazed to a state cut in the 50 Free with a time of 22.73, and won silver for Smithville. This was Ray’s first state cut in an individual event, and something he has worked tirelessly for all season, even overcoming an injury. Kolby Ruff had a big debut at his first conference meet by swimming under 50 seconds in the 100 Free with a time of 49.99, winning a silver medal, and making him the fastest freshmen in the state. Ray was just behind Kolby with a personal best time of 50.19, slashing almost 5 seconds off his previous best time, and winning a bronze medal. Kolby won his second medal, a bronze, in the 100 yard backstroke.
The team’s other big point scores of the night were delivered by senior Josh Rich in the 200 Yard IM with a personal best time of 2:36.62, winning his heat, and slashing over six seconds off his best time. Tristan Pottebaum was right behind Josh with great race of 2:40.28, his best time. Tristan also swam the fastest split in the 200 Free relay, posting a personal best time of 25.94. Junior Justin Coleman blew his heat away in the 100 Backstoke, placing 9th, and powering to a 1:13.42. He also had a great swim in the 100 Fly, an event where he shows great potential, finishing in 12th place.
Freshen Curt Bollinger scored many points for the team. He had great swims in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Breastroke, posting personal bests in both events, ending with a superb race in the breastroke of 1:20.91, moving up in his heat, and good enough for 11th place. Freshmen Dylan Holman demonstrated his grit and fearlessness by attacking two of swimming’s hardest events, the 200 IM and 500 Free, a remarkable achievement for someone who didn’t know any of the strokes three months ago, and placing in both events. Patrick Sheeran, another fearless and hard working freshmen, proved to be invaluable by swimming the tough 100 Fly, and placing 13th. Henry Sharpe tackled the 100 Backstroke, placing 15th, and scoring valuable points for the team.
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