The Girl’s Swim Team traveled to Belton for their first meet of the season. Returning upperclassmen and the new freshmen class combined their talents to place third overall. Freshmen Lilly Palmer debuted with a big splash by breaking two school records in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:03.87, and in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:25.95. Lilly is part of the exciting relay team of Emma Webb, Carlisle Palmer, and Trinity Riecker, who are attempting to make state in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay. The team opened strong with second place finishes in their relays, giving Platte County a nice run for their money. Seniors Trinity Riecker swam an impressive 500 Free with a big second place finish, and Carlisle Palmer brought in big points with a fifth place finish in the 200 Free and an eighth place finish in the 100 Breastroke. Elise Denney had an impressive fourth place finish in the 50 Free, and an eighth place finish in the 100 Free.
Another freshmen who has made the Varsity squad also surprised everyone with remarkable performances: Lilly Medley placed seventh in the 50 Free with a time of 31.49, and 13th in the 100 Free with a time of 1:12.16. These are very promising times for her first high school swim meet. Oustanding performances were posted by Carlina Bogdon, Kalyna Olsen, Lizzie Palmer, Riley Kockanowicz, Dallas Carpenter, Lilly Cutler, and Makayla Ferguson. Most of these girls swam best times in their events and scored points. They are proving to be key players in the girl’s line-up, providing the team depth and coverage in key events. Returning members Michelle Gager and Deanna Wilson looked extremely strong and ready to take off in ability.
Having been introduced to the sport just three weeks ago, Skyler Ross, Hailey Mueller, Reina Suzuki, Grace Albright, Kayden Koons, and Abby Harpenau didn’t hesitate to tackle hard events and relays. The girls have improved rapidly and have the guts and dedication to excel and be valuable team members.
New Assistant Coach, Bailey Grassley, is an excellent addition to the coaching staff, and deserves much of the credit for the team’s remarkable opener, having coached the team over the Thanksgiving holidays.
Smithville’s first ever dive team is forming and practicing regularly before school. Skylar Ross, Carlina Bogden, Riley Kockanowicz, Kayden Kools, and Elaine Hawkins are the team’s first divers. Setting their alarms at 4:15 AM to head to the pool, they are highly motivated and hope to compete by January or sooner. The team has the potential to contribute points towards winning dual meets and moving up at conference. All five girls are also swimmers on the team.
The Varsity Team competes at the Winnetonka Holiday Invitational this Saturday at Gladstone Community Center.