State YMCA swimming: Local swimmers return with glitter
MINNEAPOLIS — The Worthington Stingrays brought a slew of medals home from the YMCA State Swim Meet held Sunday at the University of Minnesota. The team finished 10th as a group.
Winning events for the Stingrays at state were the boys 200 yard medley relay (Bryan Doeden, Levi Blanchard, Cameron Jenson, Oliver Wolyniec), the 200 yard freestyle relay (Jenson, Blanchard, Doeden, Wolyniec), Jenson in the 15 and over 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard butterfly, Doeden in the 15 and over 100 yard backstroke, Wolyniec in the 15 and over 50 yard freestyle and the 15 and over 100 yard breaststroke.
Second place efforts on the day were from Sophie Wietzema in the 9-10 50 yard backstroke, Blaine Doeden in the 11-12 50 yard butterfly, Kyle Janssen in the 13-14 100 yard butterfly, Bryan Doeden in the 15 and over 100 yard freestyle and Wolyniec in the 15 and over 200 yard breaststroke.
Third place finishers were earned in the boys 14 and under 200 yard medley relay (Nick Freese, Anwar Farra, Blaine Doeden and Janssen), the boys 14 and under 200 yard freestyle (Blaine Doeden, Max Langerud, Farra and Janssen), Jenson in the 15 and over 50 yard freestyle, Nick Freese in the 9-10 50 yard backstroke, Blanchard in the 15 and over 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard breaststroke.
Fifteen swimmers for the Stingrays will carry on, practicing twice weekly for their regional meet, scheduled for April 5 and 6.
“We did have many personal best times (at state) but even more improvements over Sectional seed times,” Stingrays head coach Donna Damm said. “Those swimmers involved (in regionals) have a great chance to do very well in those events and hopefully place higher than their seed times in their individual events.”