McCOOK — The Scottsbluff/Gering girls and boys swimming and diving teams turned in another solid performance Friday in the McCook Quadrangular.
The Seacats swept the meet titles, with the Scottsbluff/Gering girls winning 124-69 over North Platte and the Scottsbluff/Gering boys winning 86-70 over North Platte.
The Scottsbluff/Gering boys and girls have never lost in the McCook Quadrangular under coach Mike Hayhurst.
“I thought the kids swam really well,” Hayhurst said. “Like last week [in the season-opening Hastings Invite], we had a lot of lifetime best times. I was really proud of them.”
The Seacats dominated the girls meet, thanks to placing first in every event. Vanessa Woolsey, Cierra Weatherfield, and McKayla Stark all won two individual events. Woolsey placed first in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke; Weatherfield took first in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle; and Stark won the 50 and 100 freestyles.
Both Weatherfield and Woolsey were also part of the winning 400 freestyle relay, along with Emily Yanke and Erin Weatherman.
Weatherfield, Sarah Cloud, Hanna Holloway, and Stark were on the winning 200 medley relay, and Cloud, Emily Yanke, Claire Hughes, and Stark were on the winning 200 freestyle relay.
Other individual winners for the Scottsbluff/Gering girls included Weatherman in the 100 butterfly and Cloud in the 100 breaststroke.
Seacat girls posting secondary state qualifying times were Woolsey in the 200 freestyle (2:13.89) and Weatherfield in the 200 IM (2:31.77).
Runner-up finishers for the Scottsbluff/Gering girls included Cloud in the 200 IM, Emily Yanke in the 100 freestyle, and Anna Yanke in the 100 breaststroke.
In the boys competition, Scottsbluff/Gering had six victories. Jon Wiebe had wins in two individual events (200 freestyle and 100 freestyle), and he also was part of two winning relays. He joined Nick Childs, Spencer Lake, and Daniel Schaub on the winning 200 medley relay, and Wiebe joined Lake, Schaub, and James Maag on the winning 200 freestyle relay.
The Scottsbluff/Gering boys also finished on top in the 400 freestyle relay, thanks to the performance of Childs, Baylen Smith, Christian Eubanks, and Maag.
Scottsbluff/Gering’s other winner was Childs in the 100 backstroke.
Earning runner-up finishes for Scottsbluff/Gering were Schaub in the 200 IM, Noah Miller in diving, and Lake in the 100 breaststroke.
The Scottsbluff/Gering boys set a secondary state-qualifying time in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.41). Also, Wiebe’s time in the 200 freestyle (1:51.25) was an automatic state-qualifying time.
“That’s not one of his top two events even, so for him to get an automatic time in the second meet of the season, it’s pretty impressive,” Hayhurst said.
The Seacat boys seemed to perform even better than they had expected going into the meet. Before the meet, Hayhurst said the meet scoring was nearly even for the top spot between Scottsbluff/Gering and North Platte. The Seacats, though, ended up winning by 16 points.
“For us to win by 16, I was really happy with that,” Hayhurst said. “We’re always happy when the kids do better than their placings going in. It shows they’re competing well.”
Hayhurst said he was excited to see his younger swimmers perform well, especially since most of Scottsbluff/Gering’s team is made up of first-year swimmers.
“They had some huge time drops, so I was really happy with that,” Hayhurst said. “They’re doing a great job of picking things up, learning how to swim, and performing well in meets.”
The Scottsbluff/Gering boys and girls will compete again next Friday in a double dual at North Platte.