Swimmers take ILC title again

Some notable things happened to the Osawatomie-Paola Boys Swim team on their way to a 2010 Inter League Swimming Championship on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Bonner Springs.

“I got heroic swims from my seniors, including Alex Weatherbie, who is used to winning,” said Oz-Pa Head Coach Sarah Dorsett. “But most notably from Jon Hilliard and Michael Del Valle, both went above and beyond the call for the team.”

ResultsILC20101 Due to some last minute personnel changes, Jon Hilliard was called on to take spots in three relay events, and he stepped in and the teams never missed a beat, taking first place in each case, plus he entered a race he has not swum all season long and place third in the 100 yard butterfly.

Del Valle, who usually swims the long distance events stepped in to swim the breast stroke leg of the gold medal winning 200 yard Medley Relay team, and then picked up a seventh place finish in the 200 yard Individual Medley which marked the first time he had ever swum the event in competition. Finally, he picked up a seventh place finish, with a personal best in the 500 yard freestyle.

The final notable event was a false start by Jared Auten which cost him in one of his best events, the 100 yard butterfly.

“It was one of those life lesson moments for him,” Dorsett said. “He still won two golds in the relays and a fifth place in the 100 breastroke, which is his weakest stroke. I put him in that event to pick up points and he swam it because he was a true team player.”

The day saw three Oz-Pa swimmers set new event records for the event, including Alex Weatherbie who lowered his own meet records in the 50 yard freestyle, swimming a 23:06 time, trimming .06 seconds off his previous record of 23.12 and the 100 yard freestyle, where his time of 52.34 shaved .41 seconds off this previous record of 52.78, and Daniel Dorsett who set a new meet record in the 200 yard freestyle swimming a 2:03.94 to eclipse the old record held by Stetson Jackson of 2:05.34.

Coming into the event, every meet record was held by Osawatomie-Paola swimmers, but Kurt Weber of Lansing High School erased Jared Auten’s 200 yard IM record by swimming the event in a time of 2:05.80.

As a team, the Osawatomie-Paola boys won the event with a total of 420 points, followed by Coffeyville Field-Kindley with 362. St. James Academy took second with 293 points, followed by Bonner Springs in fourth place with 227 points and Turner High School in fifth with 177 points. The combined team of Sumner Academy and Washington High School was sixth with 150 points, Lansing was seventh with 149 points and Parson High School finished eighth with 119 points.

The swimmers now turn their attention to the State Swim meet which will be held next Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, 2010 at the Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka.

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