P-LV/PLS start season strong

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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00 am

The Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South swim team started the first week of the swimming and diving season with a dual win and a strong showing in the Millard Quadrangular.

PLV/PLS boys topped Lincoln Southeast at home in dual action 101-79 and the girls added a 107-73 victory.

Ethan Shih led the squad with two solo victories, taking the crown in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200 individual medley.

Michael Bengston, Jeff Cavanaugh and Riley Olson all added wins in freestyle races, with Bengston winning the 50 race, Cavanaugh finished first in the 100 race, and Olson taking the 200. Olson also added a runner-up finish in the 500 free.

Billy Salber notched a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly with Gage Wakefield finishing second.

The Papio swim team also won the three relays. The 200 free relay was swam by Cavanaugh, Robbins, Bengston and Olson, with Robbins and Bengston playing a part in the winning 200 medley relay team with Shih and Salber.

Salber, Shih, Olson and Cavanaugh teamed up for first in the 400 free relay.

The girls PLV/PLS were led by the McCullough sisters.

Brianna McCullough dominated the short swims by taking first in the 50 and 100 free. Jordan McCullough won the long distance races in winning the 200 and 500 free.

Mary Stanley also picked up a pair of wins in the dual, claiming first in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM.

Maddie Goetzinger picked up another victory in the 100 breaststroke.

The only relay team to win was the 400 free team, made up of the two McCullough’s, Paige Knight and Amanda Carlson.

Both squads had solid showings Millard Quad, which didn’t keep team scores.

Shih won the 100 breaststroke and was the only solo winner on the boys side. The 200 free relay took first place with the team of Olson, Shih, Cavanaugh and Salber.

On the girls side, PLV/PLS won three solo races. Jordan McCullough won the 50 free with Brianna McCullough taking the 200 IM and 500 free.

The best relay finish came from the 400 free relay (Sydney Marshburn, Goetzinger, Kat Keller and Jordan McCullough) with a third-place showing.

East, Bryan post runner-up finishes

The Bellevue East boys and Bryan girls both finished second in Saturday’s Benson Swimvite. The Chieftain boys scored 321 points to finish behind Omaha Central, who scored 473. The Bear girls racked up 307 points, with Central winning with 536.

The Bryan boys placed fifth with the East girls coming in sixth.

Nick Richards led the charge for the East boys with finishes of first and second. The senior took first in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 100 free.

Justin Goodwin added a second-place showing for East in the 100 butterfly and a fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle. The Chieftain boys also had three fifth-place finishers in Colin Reedy (100 butterfly), Jake McCain (200 individual medley) and Andy Siders (100 breaststroke).

The 200 medley relay team notched a second-place finish.

The best finish for the Bryan boys came from Donny Nekola in the 100 freestyle, placing third. Nekola also finished sixth in the 50 free. Jacob Stewart added strong finishes in the same races, finishing fifth in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 free.

Arthur Lehr gave the Bears a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke.

The runner-up Bear girls team was led by Katelyn Seib, who finished third in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 free.

Lindsey Parks and Evelyn Hall added fourth-place finishes for the Bears, Parks in the 100 butterfly and Hall in the 50 free. Stephanie Ramirez gave the Bears a fifth-place finish in the 100 backstroke. Savannah Jewell added a finish of fifth in the 50 free.

Alex Johnson led the East girls with a winning swim in the 50 free. She also finished third in the 100 free.

Daniels, Smits pace T-birds

RaeAnn Daniels and Eric Smits each turned in a pair of top 10 individual finishes for Bellevue West during Saturday’s Burke Invite.

Daniels finished sixth in both the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle events as West finished sixth as a team. Cassie Treu was eighth in the 100 backstroke and Kimberly Gau finished ninth among divers.

Smits was seventh in the 200 IM and ninth in the butterfly as West place fifth. Nick Tritsch was fifth in diving.

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