Stars sweep Bruins in the pool
BY WILL WILLEMS
DOVER — It was a successful day at the pool for the Western Boone swimming and diving teams.
The Stars swept both halves of a dual meet with conference foe Tri-West, winning the girls meet 95-88 and the boys meet 98-71.
“I think they swam great,” Western Boone head coach Bob Stumph said. “To be honest with you, we are working really hard this month. They are doing a lot more drag, a lot more pull and we are going to do our best to work our butts off this entire the month. Both teams are working hard, the times are about what I expect and some of them arestill dropping time which is remarkable for this part of the season.”
Stumph said that it is encouraging to see the times be where they are at this point in the season.
“Maybe we need to work them a little harder,” Stumph joked. “Some of our kids are just good meet swimmers. At practice they do work hard, but when the meet starts that really gets them going and they swim fast.”
This was just the second meet of the season for the boys team, which comes into the season with a good portion of the roster back from a conference and sectional-winning team.
Stumph said the only negative to their start is he wished he had more of them.
“Not just the boys, but the girls too, they are all doing excellent right now,” Stumph said. “I can always wish we have more kids, but the kids we have are amazing at what they do.”
Madison Riegel led the girls team with four victories on the night.
She teamed with Emily Wright, Hayley Eadie and Meg Kinslow to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:06.28. She later teamed with Eadie, Kinslow and Olivia Richardson to win the 400yard freestyle relay in 4:07.68.
Riegel and Kinslow went 1-2 in both the 50- and 100yard freestyles. Riegel won with a time of 26.89 to Kinslow’s 27.03 in the 50 and 59.37 to Kinslow’s 59.55 in the 100.
Eadie and Emma Schaefer went 1-2 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Eadie won with a 1:17.19 and Schaefer came in with a 1:23.09.
The final Western Boone win came from Cassie Washam in diving. Her 172.45 took first place.
Owen Richardson and Cole Henry both won four events on the boys side.
They teamed with Connor Corwin and Colt O’Brien to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:35.17. Later they teamed with Eli Nelson and Brenton Roy to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:39.36.
Individually, Richardson won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.76. He went 1-2 with O’Brien in the 100-yard butterfly, with Richardson finishing in 55.47 and O’Brien finishingin 58.87.Henry won the 50-yard freestyle, going 1-2 with O’Brien. Henry’s 24.15 just edged O’Brien’s 24.18.
Henry later went 1-2 in the 100-yard freestyle with Corwin. Henry finished in 52.01 and Corwin finished in 55.44.
Corwin, O’Brien, Roy and Eli Weber won the 200-yardmedley relay in a time of 1:55.00.
The final win came from Ty Grimm, who won the diving with a score of 141.05.
The Stars will continue to keep busy, with five more meets in the final two weeks before break.
“We want to work hard the entire month,” Stumph said. “It seems like we have meets every other day. A lot of schools are the same way. You just have to keep fighting through it. We still have morning practice and when we get to the meets we want to seewhat we can do.”
The first of those challenges will come Monday night, when they travel to face Mc-Cutcheon.
Stumph said the goals are the same as always.
“My goal for every kid is to swim 100 percent,” Stumph said. “I want them to go out there and do their best. The times will show all that hard work in conference and sectionals. Everyone wants to win dual meets, but when it comes down to it, where that hard work pays off, is conferenceand sectionals.”
WESTERN BOONE’S EMILY WRIGHTcomes down the final stretch in the 100-yard backstroke Thursday night. Wright placed second to help the Stars top Tri-West.
WESTERN BOONE’S ELI NELSONswims in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday night. Nelson placed second and the Stars topped Tri-West.