Meeker Marlins teams compete in Eagle championship

Rayna VonRoenn, on the blocks for the 11-12 girls 50 freestyle. She placed 19th.
Mason Allen, 11-12 year old boys 25 backstroke. Allen placed ninth, teammates Landin Lopez and Gabe Smithers placed third and 11th respectively.

MEEKER I The Meeker Marlins swimming program consists of two teams, a competitive league sanctioned through USA Swimming.org and the High Country League. Last Friday both teams traveled together to Eagle, Colo., for the 2018 championship swim meet. All of the USA swimmers were extremely excited to be back in a very familiar pool where they began their swimming careers, and to be swimming with their friends on the High Country League team.

This was the third and final meet for the High Country League swimmers. They have been practicing since May, swimming three times a week, focusing on strokes, turns and starts.
The High Country swimmers are led by head coach Shelly Rogers and assistant coaches Jeni Kincher and Chance Walker.
“Swimming is a sport like no other,” said Rogers, “the kids gain tremendous overall strength and endurance, swimming 500 yards in practice is similar to running a mile on land.”
The USA swimmers swam 12,200 yards last week during practice in preparation for their final meet, the seasonal state championships in Colorado Springs Aug. 3-5 at Pike’s Peak Athletics Training Center.
High Country League Results
(Name, age group)
Gavin Allen, 8 years old and under
(place, event)
8, 25 Yard Freestyle
5, 25 Yd Breaststroke
Mason Allen, 11-12 years old
(place, event)
12, 100 Yd Freestyle
9, 50 Yd Backstroke
9, 50 Yd Breaststroke
Cameron Hanberg, 9-10 years old
(place, event)
8 – 50 Freestyle
11 – 100 Freestyle
22 – 25 Breaststroke
Ella Hubbard, 11-12 years old
(place, event)
25, 50 Yd Freestyle
18, 25 Yd Backstroke
12, 50 Yd Breaststroke
Katelyn Livingston, 11-12 years old
(place, event)
28, 50 Yd Freestyle
17, 25 Yd Backstroke
Landin Lopez, 11-12 years old
(place, event)
3, 50 Yd Freestyle
3, 50 Yd Butterfly
9, 100 Yd Freestyle
3, 50 Yd Backstroke
Norah Loar, 8 years old and under
(place, event)
20, 25 Yd Freestyle
14, 25 Yd Backstroke
Garrett Merz, 9-10 years old
(place, event)
10, 25 Yd Freestyle
11, 50 Yd Freestyle
12, 25 Yd Backstroke
Said Rodriguez, 9-10 years old
(place, event)
2, 25 Yd Freestyle
9, 50 Yd Freestyle
10, 25 Yd Backstroke
10, 25 Yd Breaststroke
Adi Selle, 11-12 years old
(place, event)
24, 50 Yd Freestyle
13, 25 Yd Backstroke
14, 50 Yd Breaststroke
16, 100 Yd Individual Medley
Gabe Smithers, 11-12 years old
(place, event)
11, 50 Yd Backstroke
8, 50 Yd Breastroke
Sam Smithers, 9-10 years old
(place, event)
11, 25 Yd Freestyle
18, 25 Yd Backstroke
19, 25 Yd Breaststroke
Jonan VonRoenn, 8 years old and under
(place, event)
3, 25 Yd Freestyle
4, 50 Yd Freestyle
4, 25 Yd Breaststroke
2, 100 Yd Individual Medley
Rayna VonRoenn, 11-12 years old
(place, event)
19, 50 Yd Freestyle
20, 50 Yd Breaststroke
USA Swimming Results
*denotes where a swimmer swam up in an older age group
(name, actual age group)
Dexter Chinn, 8 years old and under
(place, event)
3, 25 Yd Butterfly
1, 25 Yd Backstroke
*6, 50 Yd Breaststroke
Tucker Chinn, 9-10 years old
(place, event)
*6, 50 Yd Freestyle
1, 25 Yd Butterfly
*3, 50 Yd Backstroke
1, 100 Yd IM
Judd Harvey, 11-12 years old
(place, event)
*5, 50 Yd Freestyle
*4, 50 Yd Backstroke
*5, 50 Yd Breastroke
3, 100 Yd IM
Addie Knowles, 9-10 years old
(place, event)
2, 50 Yd Freestyle
*11, 100 Yd Freestyle
1, 25 Yd Breaststroke
2, 100 Yd IM
Hailey Knowles, 13 years old and over
(place, event)
2, 50 Yd Freestyle
3, 50 Yd Butterfly
2, 100 Yd Freestyle
2, 100 Yd IM
Kate Lockwood, 13 years old and over
(place, event)
6, 50 Yd Freestyle
5, 100 Yd Freestyle
2, 50 Yd Breaststrokea
6, 100 Yd IM

By Tiffany Jehorek
Special to the Herald Times

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