Northeastern Swim Team swimmers compete at Championships

Posted: Thu, Mar 5, 2020 9:51 AM
(Front row, from lef)t: Anna Knaack, Elizabeth Bucksa, Dawson Iorns, Dane Burns, Carson Hager, Weston Cote, Ian Giddings and Gareth Vobr. (MIddle row, from left): Kateriana Kovarik, Avalea Burns, Sydney Thompson, Jaylee Vobr, Dominic Bigalk, Simon Kutz, Gus Grimstad and Jackson Penny. (Back row, from left): Magaret Rhodes, ,Maeley Nefzger, Joey Vobr, Max Maitlin, Cale LaFrentz, Drew Chamberlain, Gareth Sweet, Cole Huebner and Coach Mike. (Photo courtesy of Heather Cote)

Northeastern Swim Team age group swimmers competed in the 2020 ISI Age Group Championship meet in Des Moines.

In the 10 and under championship, NST swimmers did well, dropping time in almost every event they swam.

The Boys 10 & Under 200 Free Relay team of Weston Cote, Garret Vobr, Bentley Hager and Dane Roberts swam to a third-place finish and a place on the podium. The Boys 10 & Under 200 Medley Relay of Dawson Irons, Bentley Hager, Dane Burns and Weston Cote also earned a 5th place finish.


The 10 and Under Boys swam well in their individual events:

Weston Cote dropped 4 seconds in the 200 Yard Freestyle and earned an 8th place finish. He also placed 9th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 50 Yard Fly, 10th in the 100 Yard Back and 50 Yard Breast, 11th in the 100 Yard Breast and 12th in the 100 Yard Individual Medley and 50 Yard Back.

Dane Burns placed 8th in the 50 Yard Fly and 100 Yard Free. He also placed 9th in the 100 Yard Fly and 11th in the 50 Yard Free.

Garrett Vobr dropped over 12 seconds off his time to place 8th in the 500 Yard Free. He also placed 10th in the 50 Yard Fly and swam the 200 Yard Free and 100 Yard Fly.

Dawson Irons swam to an 8th place finish in the 50 Yard Back and dropped time in the 50 Yard Fly and 50 Yard Breast.

Bentley Hager also improved his time in the 50 Yard and 100 Yard Breast during the 10 and Under finals.

The 10 and Under girls also swam well for NST:

Elisabeth Bucksa dropped time in all her races and swam a 1:13.49 to earn 3rd place in the 100 Yard Individual Medley.

Anna Knaack cut 23 seconds from her time and swam a 6:37.21 to earn 4th place in the 500 Yard Free.

Busksa also placed 4th in the 100 Yard and 200 Yard Free, 5th in the 50 Yard Free, 6th in the 100 Yard Back and 200 Yard Individual Medley and 11th in the 100 Yard Fly.

Knaack placed 6th in the 50 Yard Breast, 9th in the 200 Yard Individual Medley, 10th in the 50 Yard Free and 200 Yard Free, 11th in the 100 Yard Free and 100 Yard Individual Medley, and 14th in the 100 Yard Back.

In the 11-12 age group, NST also had many swimmers drop time and earn top places:

Jaylee Vobr led the NST girls dropping 7 seconds to place 4th in the 200 Yard Fly with a time of 2:27.66. Vobr also placed 6th in the 50 Yard Fly and 400 Individual Medley, 7th in the 100 Yard Fly and 200 Yard Medley, 8th in the 1000 Yard Free and 14th in the 100 Yard Medley.

Avalea Burns had a great state meet. She dropped 10 seconds in the 200 Yard Breast and earned 5th place. She also placed 7th in the 100 Yard Breast and swam in the 50 Breast.

Sydney Thompson dropped time in the 50 Yard Back and placed 12th with a time of 32.44

Vobr, Burns, and Thompson combined with Lauren Luzum to swim in two relays during the meet.  Both the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay placed 10th.

Ian Giddings also swam personal best times in both of his events, the Boys 50 Yard Free and 50 Yard Fly.

NST was represented by six swimmers in the 13-14 age group.

Katerina Kovark swam well in the long-distance races, placing 9th in the 1650 Yard Free, 10th in the 1000 Yard Free, and 12th in the 500 Yard Free. She also swam in the 200 Yard Medley. 100 Yard Breast 400 Yard Medley and 200 Yard Breast.

Max Maitland placed 14th in the 100 Yard Breast, 16th in the 200 Yard Breast and also swam the 200 Individual Medley.  

Dominic Bigalk placed 15th in the 1650 Yard Free.  He also swam in the 1000 Yard Free.

Gareth Sweet swam a personal best in the 100 Yard Fly.

Joey Vobr completed in the 1000 Yard and 1650 Yard Free.

Simon Kutz swam well in the 400 IM.  

Maeley Nefzger also swam well in the 50 Yard Free.

Bigalik, Maitland, Sweet and Kuntz teamed up to compete in the Boy 13-14 400 Medley Relay and placed 14th.

Registration will soon be available for the NST Long Course and Spring season on the team's website, www.NortheasternSwimTeam.com.  Practices will resume in April.