Extra break before state meet a challenge for swimmers

February 27, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

The door to the state meet didn't swing open quite as wide for local swimmers this season, but most of those who did make the trip had plenty of time to prepare.

An extra week built into the postseason schedule forced Boyle County and Danville swimmers to rearrange their routine as they trained for this weekend's State Swimming & Diving Championships.

There are normally two weeks between the regional meets and the state meet, which began today at Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington. But this year's regional meets were moved up one week to avoid a scheduling conflict with a USA Swimming national championship.

"Having three weeks between has been a bit of a challenge," Boyle coach Crystal Estes said earlier this week.

"We had already tapered for the region, and now we're trying to increase the intensity slightly, then go back down again," Danville coach Becky Bandura said earlier this week.


While practicing for state is serious business, Estes said it was important not to make it too serious.

"We've been trying to have fun," she said. "We're just trying to get them to do anything."

There were only a handful of occasions where the two teams have had all of their state-qualifying swimmers together for practice, as many of them were practicing with their club teams.

Boyle took six boys and five girls to the state meet, while Danville was represented by four boys and five girls.

That's a slightly smaller number than usual for both teams. The top two swimmers in each of the five regions qualified, and swimmers with the 14 next-best times statewide earned at-large berths.

Both did well within 3rd Region, but few of their times measured up

Even though both Danville and Boyle fared well within in the 3rd Region - they were second and third, respectively, in the combined standings - few of their times measured up when at-large berths were determined.

Of the 17 boys and girls entries between the two teams, all but four qualified with first- or second-place finishes.

"I'm pleased with what we have going, but we usually have a lot more third-place finishers get at-large berths," Bandura said.

The Boyle and Danville swimmers are a young group, with only four seniors in the bunch.

The goal for most of them was to make it through today's preliminary round and into Saturday's finals. There are 24 entries in each event, and the top 16 in the preliminaries advance to the finals.

Bandura said Danville's best chances lied with the boys and girls 400-yard freestyle relay teams, which were seeded 13th and 17th, respectively, for the preliminaries.

"By the way they're seeded, we hope (they) can make it to the second day," she said. "And our (200) medley relays are seeded in the 20s, but the times are so close. "

Boyle's best seed was its 400 freestyle relay team, which was 10th.

"The top eight medal, so they have a good shot," Estes said.

The best seed in any individual event was eighth-grade girl Mackenzie Monterio of Boyle, who was 14th in the 100 butterfly and 17th in the 100 backstroke.

Boyle also saw the first person from its diving team earn a state spot.

Senior Ryan Thomason represented the second-year team in the boys 1-meter competition.


Area athletes competing in the State Swimming & Diving Championships today and Saturday at the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington, listed by seed among 24 entries per event with seed time from regional meet:


200 medley relay - 22. Danville (Eric Smiley, Jacob Reynolds, Austin Williams, Ross Johnson) 1:51.83.

200 freestyle - 21. Williams (Danville) 1:54.84.

200 individual medley - 24. Reynolds (Danville) 2:16.34.

100 butterfly - 23. Williams (Danville) 58.12.

500 freestyle - 23. Kris Harmon (Boyle County) 5:19.64.

200 freestyle relay - 18. Boyle County (Daniel Bastin, Chris Snider, Morgan Griffin, Casey Clark) 1:37.78.

100 backstroke - 24. Harmon (Boyle County) 59.78.

400 freestyle relay - 10. Boyle County (Clark, Griffin, Bastin, Harmon) 3:33.84; 13. Danville (Reynolds, Smiley, Johnson, Williams) 3:37.04.

1-meter diving - 24. Ryan Thomason (Boyle County) 268.75 points.


200 medley relay - 17. Boyle County (Jenni Gramstad, Bruna Lozano, Mackenzie Monterio, Kyla Schneiders) 2:03.32; 19. Danville (Elizabeth Reynolds, Mary Wheeler, Kasey Toy, Deming Williams) 2:03.54.

100 butterfly - 14. Monterio (Boyle County) 1:02.47.

500 freestyle - 23. Toy (Danville) 5:40.53.

100 backstroke - 17. Monterio (Boyle County) 1:03.77.

100 breaststroke - 24. Lozano (Boyle County) 1:15.01.

400 freestyle relay - 17. Danville (Katherine Becker, Reynolds, Wheeler, Williams) 4:00.10; 20. Boyle County (Schneiders, Kelsey Arnett, Gramstad, Monterio) 4:02.16.

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