Boys swim to home meet victory

After posting numerous state qualifying times in their first two meets, the Osawatomie-Paola boys swimmers slowed down on that front, as they closed out their pre-holiday schedule by hosting four other teams at the Osawatomie YMCA pool on Thursday, December 17, 2009, and even though no new qualifiers emerged, the Oz-Pa boys closed out 2009 with a team victory and inched two other relay teams closer to those elusive state qualifying times.

The Osawatomie Medley relay team is just two seconds shy of qualifying and the Paola 200 free relay team is even closer, just 1.7 seconds from a state berth. Two times, Head Coach Sarah Dorsett is confident her team can achieve.

“We got close on those two relay teams,” she said. “The Paola time is very doable, and I’m looking forward to our next meet in January after the holidays to see if we can get them qualified.”

The Osawatomie High School 200 medley relay team of Jesse Prue, Michale De. Valle, Jared Auten and Alex Weatherbie posted a 1:55.39 in the event, good enough for first place, but two seconds shy of the state qualifying time. The Paola 200 free relay team of Gus Hart, Bill Dillenbeck, Jared Auten and Alex Weatherbie finished first in the event with a time of 1:42.77, needing to trim just 1.7 seconds off their time to qualify for the state meet in February.

Overall the Osawatomie-Paola boys easily outdistanced second place Bonner Springs, with 509 team points, to 40 by Bonner. Blue Valley Northwest was third with 398 points, followed by Bishop Miege with 235 and Parsons with 50.

The team is off for 10 days and will return to practice between Christmas and New Years, and will return to the pool on January 7, 2010 at Blue Valley West.

Event # 1 Men 200 Medley Relay

1:55.39; A Relay Osawatomie-Paola HS Men: Jesse Prue, Michael Del Valle, Jared Auten, Alex Weatherbie

2:02.84; B Relay Osawatomie-Paola HS Men: Brint Hastert, Patrick Kennedy, Gus Hart, Jon Hilliard

Event # 1 Men 200 Medley Relay

31.27Y Prue, Jesse WLH0023

35.72Y Hastert, Brint

Event # 2 Men 200 Free

2:25.56Y Laudan, Nathan

Event # 3 Men 200 IM

2:22.80 (First) Dorsett, Daniel

Event # 4 Men 50 Free

23.04 (First) Weatherbie, Alex

23.77 (Third) Auten, Jared

25.87 (Sixth) Prue, Jesse

26.16 (Seventh) Hastert, Brint

26.28 Hilliard, Jon

28.01 Dillenbeck, Bill

28.56 Clinton, Joey

29.23 Kleitz, Zac

30.36 Boan, Jay

31.27 Weaver, Cory WLH0036

Event # 6 Men 100 Fly

1:03.05 (First) Hart, Gus

1:17.37 (Fifth) Johnson, Austin

Event # 7 Men 100 Free

53.72 (First) Weatherbie, Alex

53.78 (Second) Auten, Jared

1:04.71 (Eighth) Dillenbeck, Bill

1:06.70 (Tenth) Clinton, Joey

1:10.96Y Boan, Jay

Event # 8 Men 500 Free

6:52.68 (First) Laudan, Nathan

7:04.57 (Third) Del Valle, Michael

7:36.76 (Fifth) Johnson, Austin

Event # 9 Men 200 Free Relay

1:42.77; A Relay Osawatomie-Paola HS Men: Gus Hart, Bill Dillenbeck, Jared Auten, Alex Weatherbie

1:59.88; B Relay Osawatomie-Paola HS Men: Cory Weaver, Jay Boan, Joey Clinton, Jon Hilliard

Event # 10 Men 100 Back

1:04.62 (First) Dorsett, Daniel

1:08.86 (Second) Prue, Jesse

1:16.82 (Fourth) Kleitz, Zac

Event # 11 Men 100 Breast

1:19.52 (Third) Kennedy, Patrick

1:25.87 (Fourth) Del Valle, Michael

Event # 12 Men 400 Free Relay

4:09.18; A Relay Osawatomie-Paola HS Men: Gus Hart, Bill Dillenbeck, Jon Hilliard, Daniel Dorsett

4:50.15; B Relay Osawatomie-Paola HS Men: Nathan Laudan, Austin Johnson, Cory Weaver, Joey Clinton