Two qualify for state in first meet

It was an exciting start to a promising season for the Osawatomie-Paola Boys Swim team, as they came from behind in the final event of the day to take a 20 point team victory in their opening meet of the season at Coffeyville on Saturday, December 5, 2009.

“Going into the last event, the 4 x 100 free relay, we were behind Coffeyville 413 v 391,” said Head Coach Sarah Dorsett. “Our two relay teams placed first and third, but theirs (Coffeyville) placed fourth and fifth which would have still given them the title, but one of their teams were disqualified and did not get the points, giving us the win”

The final point totals were 1. OzPa: 463; 2 Field-Kindley (Coffeyville) 443; 3. Wichita Independent 258; 4. El Dorado 226 and 5. Wichita Collegiate 198

Maybe the biggest news from the meet is the team already has two swimmers qualified for the state championships in February, as last year’s state competitors, Jared Auten and Alex Weatherbie both swam qualifying times at the meet. Auten is now qualified in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and Weatherbie is qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

"What a perfect first meet: we come from behind to win, we swim with no disqualifications, and we begin the state qualifications,” Dorsett said. “We have a little bit less depth this year just because of sheer numbers, but the guys who are swimming are quality swimmers, serious, training hard and it showed today.  Jesse Prue swam a personal best today in the 100 backstroke in the first meet of the season.”

The team is next scheduled to swim at Blue Valley West on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.

Other Oz.-Paola finishers included:

200 Medley Relay

2. Daniel Dorsett, Michael Del Valle, Jared Auten, Jon Hilliard, 1:58.70

3. Jesse Prue, Patrick Kennedy, Gus Hart, Brint Hastert, 2:00.49

200 Free Relay

2. Daniel Dorsett, 2:13.85

200 IM

1. Jared Auten, 2:16.41

50 free

1. Alex Weatherbie, 23.11

6. Jon Hilliard, 26.27

8. Jesse Prue, 26.66

11.Bill Dillenbeck 27.49

Other: Jay Boan, 31.33

100 fly

1. Auten, 57.02

4. Gus Hart, 1:04.64

100 free

1. Weatherbie, 51.50

8. Dillenbeck, 1:03.83

11. Joey Clinton, 1:08.59

500 free

4. Michael Del Valle, 7:10.92

200 Free Relay

3. Hart, Dillenbeck, Hastert, Weatherbie  1:44.76

8. Austin Johnson, Hilliard, Cory Weaver, Clinton, 2:02.97

100 back

1. Dorsett, 1:06.22

3. Prue, 1:11.34

5. Zac Kleitz, 1:23.53

100 breast

5. Patrick Kennedy, 1:21.04

7. Hastert, 1:22.57

9. Del Valle, 1:24.5 

400 free relay

1. Dorsett, Hart, Auten, Weatherbie, 3:44.54

3. Johnson, Weaver, Clinton, Hilliard, 4:49.17