Junior Caiden Williams was part of two new school records and three automatic state qualifying times at the Bellevue East Chieftain Invitational on Saturday, February 6. The Vikings’ Boys’ Medley Relay record was by the same team members who set the record last year: Nate Schlader, Davion Scott-Bell, Williams and Ben Mills. Williams then plowed past the 100 Butterfly school record set by Jason Garder in 2007, and, in the process, posted his first career automatic state qualifying time. The quartet wrapped up the meet with an automatic state qualifying time in the 400 Freestyle Relay, just behind the school record time that finished 6th at state in 2001.
Juniors Lauren Sitzman and Mills defended their individual titles from the same meet last year in the 200 Freestyle. Earlier in the meet, Sitzman led off the Girls’ 200 Medley Relay team where she, Molly Burk, Teresa Gibbons, and Vienne Kemper achieved a state secondary qualifying time. Kemper, a senior, earned two other new secondary qualifying times with a win in the individual 50 Freestyle and third place finish in 100 Backstroke, where Sitzman, Kemper, and Gibbons finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively, all with season-best times. Gibbons placed second in the 100 Freestyle while Burk improved her season-best time in the event by nearly 3 seconds.
Other Saturday highlights
- Noah Richardson’s 2nd place in 500 Freestyle with season best time
- Davion Scott-Bell placing 3rd in the Individual Medley
- Seamus Cavanaugh (2nd place with the 5th fastest time in school history), Reggie York and John Dawes with career-best times in the 100 Breaststroke
- Schlader and Williams placing 2nd and 3rd in the 100 Backstroke
Earlier in the week, the Vikings lost a dual at Bellevue West, with the boys edged 75-74 in the team score and the girls fell 101-54.
The Metro Conference Swimming and Diving Championships this coming week has a modified format to address social distancing. Rather than the traditional two-day meet, with preliminaries one day and finals the next day, the girls will swim timed finals on Friday morning, while the boys’ opportunity to compare times will be on Saturday morning. No spectators are allowed either day for the sessions at Millard West High School.