Submitted by Diana Wubbena
The YMCA Water Sharks competed in two championship meets in the last two weeks.
The state meet took place at the Marshalltown YMCA. The Water Sharks qualified 28 swimmers for the state meet. 26 swimmers attended the meet.
The swimmers qualified at the sectional meet held at the Waukee YMCA on Sunday, February 11th.
Boys swam on Saturday, March 3rd and girls swam on Sunday, March 4th.
Ben Berhow, 18, was chosen as the team?s male ?All Star Swimmer? for 2018. He competed in the boys 15-21 50 yard freestyle, placing 1st with a time of 22.21, the boys 15-21 100 yard freestyle with a time of 49.77, placing 2nd and the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.32, placing 1st. He joined Reece Mayer, Noah Kleese and Michael Kimball to anchor the boys 15-21 200 yard freestyle relay to win 1st place with a time of 1:35.32. The group also placed 3rd in the 200 yard medley relay with Kleese on backstroke, Berhow on breaststroke, Kimball on butterfly and Mayer on freestyle with a time of 1:48.59. Kimball also competed in the boys 15 and up 200 yard freestyle, with a 5th place time of 1:56.53, the boys 15 and up 50 yard freestyle in 22.67 for 3rd place, and the boys 15 and up 100 yard freestyle with a 5th place time of 51.33. The boys 15-21 200 yard medley relay consisting of Zac Parsons (backstroke), Lucas Kitchen (breaststroke), Colton Slaughbaugh (butterfly) and TJ Durst (freestyle) finished 9th with a time of 2:09.63 and placed 10th in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.53.
Also in the boys 15-21 50 yard freestyle was Mayer with a time of 25.80 and Kleese, with a time of 26.28. In the boys 15-21 100 yard freestyle, Kleese swam a time of 57.49 and Mayer a 59.12. In the boys 12-21 100 yard butterfly, Slaubaugh swam a time of 1:08.43, Parsons 1:09.48, Mayer 1:10.62 and Durst a time of 1:19.48. Kitchen competed in the boys 12-21 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:50.37 and the boys 15-21 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:17.90.
Parsons swam in the boys 15-21 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:21.22.
Gabe Bruns (backstroke), Brennen Westphal (breaststroke), Caleb Hoyle (butterfly) and Riley Yoder (freestyle) competed in the boys 13-14 200 yard medley relay, with a time of 2:23.93. Westphal also competed in the boys 11-12 50 yard breaststroke, swimming 39.08 and placing 10th and the boys 11-12 100 yard breaststroke in 1:25.90, placing 8th. The 8 and under boys competed in the 100 yard medley relay with Eli Wulf swimming backstroke, Tyson Huber breaststroke, Kaden Huber butterfly and Logan Westphal freestyle with a time of 1:39.47. In the 8 and under 50 yard breaststroke, Westphal swam a 51.96 and Tyson Huber 55.69. Westphal also swam the boys 8 and under 25 yard breaststroke in 23.97 and the 8 and under boys 50 breaststroke in 51.96. Teague Pepper, Owen Wulf, Eli Wulf and Logan Westphal and Teague Pepper all also swam the boys 8 and under 100 yard freestyle relay in 1:20.70.
Audrey Wubbena was chosen as the team?s female ?All Star Swimmer.? Wubbena swam the 15-21 200 yard freestyle in 2:22.07, the girls 15-21 in the 50 yard free in 29.12 and the girls 15-21 100 yard backstroke in 1:14.51. Wubbena, backstroke, Chloe Staley breaststroke, Allison Vogel butterfly and Carmen Sieren, freestyle swam the girls 15-21 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:16.14.
Sieren, Hadley Boshart, Wubbena and Vogel also swam the girls 15-21 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:58.80. Vogel also swam the girls 15-21 50 yard freestyle in 28.79. Charlotte Sieren competed in the girls 9-10 100 yard IM with a time of 1:26.73. Makenzie Messer swam the girls 8 and under 50 yard breaststroke in 51.99 and the girls 8 and under 25 yard breaststroke in 24.59, placing 4th in both races. Aliza Hoyle completed in the 8 and under girls 50 yard backstroke and placed 9th with a time of 48.60.
The Washington Water Sharks swim team also competed in the YMCA Midwest (North Central) Regional Swim Meet this weekend at the new aquatics center at the Wellmark YMCA in downtown Des Moines. The meet includes teams from multiple states including Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The new aquatics facility just opened to the public on March 5th. It is a part of the renovated downtown Wellmark YMCA, which previously was the Des Moines Convention Center. The new pool facility is an Olympic size pool with a separate 6 lane warm-up pool and bleacher viewing for 1200, surrounded by and attached to the downtown Skywalk system. The meet ran in a divided pool, with 10 lanes on one end and 8 on the other, running a total of 18 lanes during the meet. Boys and girls swam concurrently in the divided pool. The meet took place over 4 sessions, two each on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th and included a total of 162 races. Morning sessions were for 8 and under and 9-10 age groups. Afternoon sessions are for 11-12, 13-14 and 15 and up age groups.
Swimmers could qualify for this meet at any 2017-2018 season YMCA swim meet, including at the sectional and state meets. However, qualifying times for the regional meet are often faster than qualifying times for the state meet, making it more difficult to qualify for regional meets.
This year, fifteen Water Sharks qualified for both the YMCA Regional meet in Des Moines and the MYAS Regional Meet in Minneapolis. Nine swimmers attended the YMCA Regional meet in Des Moines, including Aliza Hoyle, Makenzie Messer, Ryan Hinson, Charlotte Sieren, Greta Sieren, Quinn Wubbena, Reece Mayer, Michael Kimball and Audrey Wubbena. Nivia Patterson and Lyndsay Adrian coached the swimmers at this meet.
Ryan Hinson qualified in the boys 9-10 50 yard breaststroke Sunday morning.
Aliza Hoyle completed her girls 8 and under 50 yard backstroke in 49.63.
Makenzie Messer qualified in the girls 50 yard breaststroke. She placed 5th with a personal best time of 51.63.
Greta Sieren competed in the girls 11-12 50 yard breaststroke, swimming a 41.50.
Reece Mayer competed in the boys 15 and up 50 yard freestyle Saturday afternoon, swimming a 25.45.
Charolotte Sieren qualified in two events. She swam Saturday morning in the girls 9-10 100 yard freestyle, swimming a personal best 1:18.51. Sieren also completed in the girls 9-10 100 yard IM in 1:27.69.
Michael Kimball qualified in three events. Saturday afternoon he swam the boys 15 and over 200 yard freestyle, placing 10thwith a time of 1:58.45. He also swam the boys 15 and over 50 yard freestyle in 22.98, placing 5th. Sunday afternoon he swam the boys 15 and up 100 yard freestyle in 51.85 seconds, placing 7th. Kimball placed 19th overall, with 33 points, of all 15 and up boys competing at this meet.
Quinn Wubbena qualified in 4 events. He swam the boys 13-14 200 yard freestyle Saturday aftenoon in 2:13.88. He swam personal bests in his remaining three races.
On Saturday, he swam the boys 13-14 50 freestyle in 25.32, placing 20th. Sunday he swam the boys 13-14 100 yard breaststroke in 1:14.24, placing 15th and the boys 13-14 100 yard freestyle in 57.56.
Audrey Wubbena qualified in and achieved personal bests in all her 4 races. Saturday she swam the girls 15 and up 200 yard freestyle in 2:17.25, the girls 15 and up 100 yard backstroke in 1:10.96, placing 19th, and the girls 15 and up 50 yard freestyle in 27.70. Sunday she swam the girls 15 and up 100 yard freestyle in 1:00.33.
The Water Sharks would like to thank all the parents who helped out at the state and regional meets by timing, helping with the hospitality room and ribbons, running and officiating. We can?t run these meets without our volunteers, and we appreciate all your help!
The Water Sharks next swim meet will be the last of the season.
Makenzie Messer, Logan Westphal, Brennen Westphal, Charlotte Sieren, Greta Sieren, Michael Kimball, Audrey Wubbena, Quinn Wubbena, Reece Mayer and Ben Berhow will all travel to Minneapolis the weekend of April 7-8 to compete in the MYAS (Midwest Youth Association) Swim Meet held at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.
The Water Sharks will celebrate the end of the 2017-2018 season at the year-end banquet to be held at Marr Park on April 15th.