NEWCASTLE, Wyo. — The Scottsbluff/Gering boys swimming and diving team wrapped up the first semester of its schedule with a third-place finish at the Newcastle Invitational on Saturday in Newcastle, Wyo.
Competing without a few regular swimmers, the Seacats managed to medal in 10 different events in compiling a team score of 167. Buffalo placed first with 312 and Worland was second with 218.
“We competed without some swimmers for various reasons, but the kids that went swam well,” Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said. “It was a tough turnaround for the boys after getting home so late from North Platte [Friday night], and then leaving so early in the morning. That’s always a tough deal, but I was pleased with the performances of the boys who were there.”
Like has been the case all season, Jon Wiebe again led the Seacats’ charge with a pair of individual top finishes in the sprint events. Wiebe swept both the 50 and 100 freestyles. He won the 50 in a time of 22.85 seconds and touched first in the 100 in 50.60.
“Jon Wiebe’s times were OK,” Hayhurst said. “He won two events pretty handily.”
Wiebe also was part of two Scottsbluff/Gering relays that swam to a pair of second-place finishes. Wiebe, Zach Puckett, James Maag and Christian Eubanks were second in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1 minute, 46.02 seconds. In the 400 freestyle relay, Wiebe teamed up with Maag, Puckett and Baylen Smith to place second in 4:00.79.
Maag finished the meet with two fourth-place finishes. He was fourth in the 200 freestyle in 2:24.40 and fourth in the 500 freestyle in 6:19.90.
Three other Seacats each medaled in a pair of individual events. Puckett was fifth in the 200 freestyle (2:27.66) and fifth in the 100 freestyle (1:04.29), Smith placed fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:13.54) and seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:11.23), and Eubanks ended fourth in the 100 freestyle (1:03.14) and 10th in the 50 freestyle (28.01).
Other individual medalists for the Seacats included Adam Lopez, Colin Maag and Hunter Skow. Maag was eighth in the 100 backstroke (1:19.17), Lopez was 11th in the 200 freestyle (3:20.44), and Skow was 11th in the 100 breaststroke (1:36.42).
Scottsbluff/Gering also shined in the diving competition. Noah Miller continued his solid season with a third-place finish in the 1-meter diving. He totaled a score of 165.10 points. Devan Stooksbury also medaled by finishing fifth with a score of 106.05.
The meet was the last of the year for the Seacats. Both the boys and girls squads won’t return to action until January.
“It was a good finish to the first semester,” Hayhurst said. “We had good performances in all of our meets and they’re all training pretty well. I’m happy with that.”
Buffalo 312, Worland 218, Scottsbluff 167, Douglas 154, Cheyenne South 146, Newcastle 10
Seacat Individual Results
200 freestyle — 4, James Maag, 2:24.40. 5, Zach Puckett, 2:27.66. 11, Adam Lopez, 3:20.44.
50 freestyle — 1, Jon Wiebe, 22.85. 10, Christian Eubanks, 28.01.
100 butterfly — 5, Baylen Smith, 1:13.54.
100 freestyle — 1, Jon Wiebe, 50.60. 4, Christian Eubanks, 1:03.14. 5, Zach Puckett, 1:04.29.
500 freestyle — 4, James Maag, 6:19.90.
200 freestyle relay — 2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Jon Wiebe, Zach Puckett, James Maag, Christian Eubanks), 1:46.02.
100 backstroke — 7, Baylen Smith, 1:11.23. 8, Colin Maag, 1:19.17.
100 breaststroke — 11, Hunter Skow, 1:36.42.
400 freestyle relay — 2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Jon Wiebe, James Maag, Baylen Smith, Zach Puckett), 4:00.79.
1-meter diving — 3, Noah Miller, 165.10. 5, Devan Stooksbury, 106.05.