Water Sharks win sectional championship
DAVENPORT — The Washington Community Y Water Sharks swim team took 62 swimmers to the Southeast Sectional meet at the Davenport North Family YMCA on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Water Sharks qualified 13 relays, 13 individual girls and six individual boys for the state meet, which will be held in Marshalltown on March 2-3.
Megan Buitendorp qualified for state in five events. She won three individual events, taking first place in the 15-and-over 100 back (1:07.43), the 15-and-over 200 free (2:17.58) and the 12-and-over 200 back (2:29.41). She also led off for the 15-and-over 200 medley relay team, which also included Emily Adam, Lyndsay Adrian and Meredith Lumberg, that took first place in 2:13.82. The same four swimmers also won the 200 free relay in 1:57.73.
Adam also qualified for state in five events. Besides swimming on the two relays, she qualified in three individual events. She won the 12-and-over 200 breaststroke in 2:50.69, took second place in the 15-and-over 100 breaststroke in 1:20.40, and she finished third in the 12-and-over 100 free in 1:03.71.
Adrian also qualified for state in a pair of individual races in the 15-and-over age group, taking second place in the 200 free in 2:26.67 and finishing fourth in the 100 free in 1:05.02.
Kayla Andrew qualified for state in five events in the 11-12 age group. She won the 50 butterfly (31.99) and the 100 breaststroke (1:25.09), and she took second place in the 50 breaststroke in 38.55 seconds. Andrew was also a member of the 200 medley relay team, which also included Audrey Wubbena, Haylee Wilson and Allison Vogel, that took first place in 2:15.74. And she anchored Washington’s 200 free B team, which also included Peyton Read, Sydney Clark and Wilson, to a third-place finish in 2:09.49. Washington’s A team of Cierra Miller, Claire Horak, Wubbena and Vogel took second place in the event in 2:07.03.
Vogel also won the 100 free in the girls’ 11-12 division in 1:06.72. Wilson qualified for state in a pair of individual events in the 11-12 age group, taking second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:25.70 and finishing third in the 50 breaststroke in 38.68 seconds. Wubbena finished third in the 50 back in 35.97 seconds to qualify for state, and Read was third in the 200 free in 2:33.63 to earn a trip to state in the event.
Alexis Rodgers, Alijah Beatty and Megan Arps each qualified for state in the 200 free in the girls’ 13-14 division. Rodgers took third place in 2:23.99, Beatty finished fourth in 2:26.55, and Arps was seventh in 2:34.81. Beatty also qualified for state in the 100 free with her fourth-place finish in 1:03.93, and Megan Adam won the 12-and-over 400 individual medley in 6:15.75. The quartet of Rodgers, Arps, Beatty and Megan Adam also qualified for state in the 200 medley relay by taking second place in 2:17.36.
Gabriela Anderson qualified for state in a pair of events in the girls’ 9-10 division. She won the 50 free in 35.31 seconds, and she took fourth place in the 100 individual medley in 1:33.80.
Noah Bruns qualified for state in five events for the Water Shark boys. He won three individual races, taking first place in the 13-14 100 free (57.80), the 13-14 100 breaststroke (1:14.32) and the 12-and-over 200 individual medley (2:28.50). He also anchored the 13-14 200 free relay team, which also included Owen Horak, Michael Kimball and Ben Berhow, to a first-place finish in 1:56.27. The 200 medley relay team of T.J. Durst, Horak, Bruns and Victor Miller also qualified for state with a third-place finish in 2:26.57.
Kimball qualified for state in a pair of events in the boys’ 11-12 division. He won the 200 free in 2:40.94 and took second place in the 50 free in 30.97 seconds.
Reece Mayer qualified for state in five events in the boys’ 9-10 division. He won the 50 butterfly in 40.47 seconds, took second place in the 100 free in 1:15.52 and finished third in the 50 free in 33.37 seconds. Mayer helped the 200 medley relay team, which also included Drew Blauvelt, Quinn Wubbena and Jacob Miller, to a first-place finish in 2:45.78, and he anchored the Water Sharks’ 200 free A team, which also included Blauvelt, Chance Brown and Miller, to a second-place finish in 2:33.20. The B team of Justin Simmering, Noah Kleese, John Flannery and Wubbena qualified for state with a fourth-place finish in 2:35.30. Blauvelt also qualified for state in the 100 back with a fourth-place finish in 1:36.30.
Nicholas Todd won the 100 breaststroke in the boys’ 15-and-over division in 1:26.43, and he also anchored a pair of state-qualifying relays. The 200 medley relay team of Adam Todd, Jacob Miles, Berhow and Nicholas Todd took first place in 2:26.06, and the 200 free relay team of Miles, Adam Todd, Miller and Nicholas Todd finished second in 2:06.99. Miles also qualified for state in a pair of individual races in the 15-and-over age group, taking second in both the 100 back (1:21.55) and the 100 breaststroke (1:29.70).
The Water Sharks totaled 792 points on the day to finish 51 points ahead of second-place Marion and win the sectional championship.