Water Sharks improve personal bests at regionals
IOWA CITY - The Washington Community YMCA’s swimming team, the Water Sharks, had an excellent regional meet on Saturday, March 8 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the grounds of the University of Iowa.
The team placed 24th out of 42 with some of the swimmers improving their personal best times in individual events. The regional involved teams from nine states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa.
Megan Arps dropped 2.08 seconds off her personal record in the 200-yard freestyle and swam four relays. Alijah Beatty swam five individual events. Beatty dropped 1.21 seconds off her personal best in the 200-yard freestyle, dropped 2.28 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley and dropped 0.38 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle.
Ben Berhow swam three individual events and four relays. Noah Bruns swam three individual events and four relays, dropping 1.79 seconds off his personal record among all three individual events.
Megan Buitendorp swam four individual events and three relays. Buitendorp dropped 0.53 seconds off her personal best in the 100-yard backstroke and placed fourth out of 24 swimmers in her division. In the 200-yard backstroke she placed fifth out of 15 swimmers.
Michael Kimball swam the 50-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle, dropping 0.47 seconds off his personal records between both events. Kimball also swam four relays. Jacob Miller swam the 50-yard freestyle.
Alexis Rodgers swam the 100-yard freestyle and two relays. Brennan Westphal swam the 25-yard breaststroke placing fifth out of 10 swimmers in his division, dropping 0.44 seconds off her personal record. Westphal also competed in the 50-yard breaststroke and placed eighth out of 19 swimmers.
Hayden Westphal swam the 50-yard breast stroke and dropped 0.29 seconds off his personal best. H. Westphal also competed in four relays. Audrey Wubbena participated in the 50-yard backstroke in which she dropped 0.85 seconds off her personal record. Wubbena swam in three relays as well.
Quinn Wubbena swam three individual events and dropped 1.30 seconds off his personal bests.
The Water Sharks’ next competition will be April 5 and 6 at the University of Minnesota for the MYAS Regional Meet, where seven swimmers will be competing.