For the first time in 18 years, the Omaha Public Schools’ swim teams all gathered for a district-only swim meet, held at Burke High on Saturday, January 2. And like their predecessors did five times between 1995 and 2001 during the previous version of the “OPS Invite,” the Vikings’ boys swimmers won the team title over the other six OPS schools. Davion Scott-Bell was the meet’s high point scorer, winning the 50 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke and, in doing so, earning his first state secondary cut times of the season. Senior John Dawes achieved career bests in the 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke.
Other top results by Vikings:
Relays: 1st in Medley Relay with season-best time , 2nd in 200 Freestyle Relay
Ben Mills 1st in 500 Free and 2nd in 200 Free with a state secondary time
Nate Schlader 3rd in 50 Free, 2nd in 100 Free with a state secondary time
Seamus Cavanaugh 4th in 100 Free and 100 Breaststroke
Caiden Williams 3rd 100 Fly
Noah Richardson: 3rd in 500 Free
Richard Throckmorton: 3rd in 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke
Also scoring team points in individual events for the Vikings boys were Trevor Gibbons, Reggie York and Darden Tetley.
The Vikings girls placed 3rd overall, with three swimmers placing in the top 4 of individual events, including two individuals with new state secondary times:
Lauren Sitzman: 2nd in 200 Free with a state secondary time, 3rd in 100 Backstroke
Vienne Kemper: 4th in 50 Free, 3rd in 100 Free with a state secondary time
Teresa Gibbons: 3rd in 100 Fly, 4th in 100 Backstroke
Also scoring team points in girls’ individual events for the Vikings were Sofia Acosta and Molly Burk.
The Vikings return to competition Tuesday afternoon in a dual at Millard West. Saturday, the Vikings teams compete at the Brownell Talbot Invitational, where the boys seek to defend their 2020 first place finish at that meet.