Jon Wiebe’s list of accomplishments just keeps growing.
The standout Scottsbluff/Gering swimmer had another big day in the pool Saturday, posting first-place finishes in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and helping two relays produce runner-up finishes in the annual Twin City Invite at the Splash Arena in Scottsbluff. His performance was so impressive that he ended up being named the Male Swimmer of the Meet.
“I was really happy with the way he competed,” Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said. “He won his races relatively easily, especially for sprints. He’s still not feeling 100 percent, but he’s such a great competitor, and he’s such a great team leader and hard worker. I’m glad he’s continuing to have lots of success, and we’ll look forward to seeing more big things from him next week.”
Wiebe’s effort helped the Scottsbluff/Gering boys earn second place with 260 points. Omaha Westside cruised to the meet title with 425 points. North Platte was third with 218 points, and McCook was fourth with 150.
The Scottsbluff/Gering girls also had a nice showing, taking second place with 295 points. The Westside girls ran away with the title, piling up 497 points. North Platte was third with 157 points, followed by McCook with 145.
Hayhurst said he was happy with how his teams performed, especially considering the Seacats were without a number of swimmers who were ill.
“I was really pleased,” he said. “The competition was solid – not as good as it’s been in the past because the Wyoming teams didn’t come. But I thought our kids swam really well. They competed well. We had a lot of best times, and we’re starting to set up what we’re going to need for conference.”
The highlight of the day for Scottsbluff/Gering was Wiebe, a senior who came into the day ranked third in the state in the 50 freestyle. He easily won that event Saturday with a time of 22.71 seconds. He also blazed to a victory in the 100 freestyle as his time, 50.60 seconds, was six seconds faster than the runner-up finisher.
Although Wiebe’s times Saturday weren’t personal bests, Hayhurst said his talented swimmer accomplished what he needed to.
“He didn’t have his best times, but we are working on a couple of new things for him to improve, and he gets that. He’s getting what he’s supposed to do,” Hayhurst said. “He’s completely fixed his start, so we’re moving on to some other things.”
Another Seacat who shined was Sarah Cloud, a freshman who pulled out a thrilling victory in the 100 breaststroke. Her secondary state-qualifying time of 1:17.3 was only about a half-second faster than the runner-up finisher, Omaha Westside’s Carolyn Hanus.
“Sarah Cloud’s swim was really solid,” Hayhurst said. “That was a really tight race until the last 10 yards, and she pulled it out and won at the end. You’re always looking for that, especially out of freshman.”
Cloud added a third-place finish in the 200 IM, and she was on two relays that placed second. The 200 medley relay, which included Erin Weatherman, Hannah Holloway, and Jessie Sorensen, placed second in 2:06.91, and the 200 freestyle relay, which included Anna Yanke, Sorensen, and McKayla Stark, placed second in 1:54.71.
The Scottsbluff/Gering girls also took second in the 400 freestyle relay. The foursome of Stark, Anna Yanke, Cierra Weatherfield, and Emily Yanke finished in 4:15.58.
Weatherfield gave the Seacat girls a big boost in her individual events. She placed second in both the 200 IM and 500 freestyle. Her IM time (2:29.09) was a new secondary state-qualifying time.
Also for the Scottsbluff/Gering girls, Erin Weatherman was third in the 100 butterfly, and Emily Yanke was third in the 500 freestyle.
In the boys’ meet, Noah Miller earned the Seacats’ other victory, scoring 325 points to take the 1-meter diving title.
Scottsbluff/Gering placed second in all three relays. The 200 medley relay team of Nick Childs, Spencer Lake, Daniel Schaub, and Christian Eubanks posted a time of 1:54.7, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Wiebe, Childs, Schaub, and Lake finished in 1:37.57 – a new secondary state-qualifying time. The 400 freestyle relay team of Wiebe, Eubanks, Zacharian Puckett, and James Maag ended in 3:47.48.
Also for the Seacat boys, Lake added a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.45. Placing third for Scottsbluff/Gering were Schaub in the 200 IM and Puckett in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
The Scottsbluff/Gering boys and girls will compete again next weekend in the always-tough Omaha Westside Invite.
Girls Team Scoring
Omaha Westside 497, Scottsbluff/Gering 295, North Platte 157, McCook 145
Seacat Girls Results
200 Medley Relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Erin Weatherman, Sarah Cloud, Hannah Holloway, Jessie Sorensen), 2:06.91.
200 freestyle—4, Emily Yanke, 2:14.36. 8, Megan Hayhurst, 2:31.06. 10, Makala Fogg, 2:36.51.
200 IM—2, Cierra Weatherfield, 2:29.09 SEC. 3, Sarah Cloud, 2:37.17. 5, Claire Hughes, 2:44.92.
50 freestyle—4, McKayla Stark, 28.02. 5, Jessie Sorensen, 28.58.
100 butterfly—3, Erin Weatherman, 1:11.78. 5, Hannah Holloway, 1:15.05. 7, Sierra Betancur, 1:20.38.
100 freestyle—5, McKayla Stark, 1:03.09. 6, Jessie Sorensen, 1:03.18. 9, Anna Yanke, 1:05.8.
500 freestyle—2, Cierra Weatherfield, 5:56.44, SEC. 3, Emily Yanke, 6:11.42. 8, Makala Fogg, 6:51.91.
200 freestyle relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Sarah Cloud, Anna Yanke, Jessie Sorensen, McKayla Stark), 1:54.75.
100 backstroke—4, Erin Weatherman, 1:12.47. 7, Sierra Betancur, 1:22.00.
100 breaststroke—1, Sarah Cloud, 1:17.30, SEC.4, Anna Yanke, 1:21.78. 5, Claire Hughes, 1:24.85. 8, Holly Grote, 1:37.27. 11, Mikayla Kreider, 1:41.99.
400 freestyle relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (McKayla Stark, Anna Yanke, Cierra Weatherfield, Emily Yanke), 4:15.58.
Boys Team Scoring
Omaha Westside 425, Scottsbluff/Gering 260, North Platte 218, McCook 150
Seacat Boys Results
200 Medley Relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Nick Childs, Spencer Lake, Daniel Schaub, Christian Eubanks), 1:54.70.
200 freestyle—6, James Maag, 2:12.84. 8, Hunter Skow, 2:16.54.
200 IM—3, Daniel Schaub, 2:27.84.
50 freestyle—1, Jon Wiebe, 22.71, AUTO. 3, Zacharian Puckett, 25.38. 6, Spencer Lake, 25.84. 9, Christian Eubanks, 26.82.
1-meter diving—1, Noah Miller, 325 points.
100 butterfly—4, Daniel Schaub, 1:09.17. 5, Nick Childs, 1:13.84.
100 freestyle—1, Jon Wiebe, 50.60, SEC. 3, Zacharian Puckett, 57.01. 7, Christian Eubanks, 1:00.38.
500 freestyle—5, James Maag, 5:59.66.
200 freestyle relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Jon Wiebe, Nick Childs, Daniel Schaub, Spencer Lake), 1:37.57, SEC.
100 backstroke—4, Nick Childs, 1:05.22.
100 breaststroke—2, Spencer Lake, 1:13.45. 6, Hunter Skow, 1:22.28.
400 freestyle relay—2, Scottsbluff/Gering (Jon Wiebe, Christian Eubanks, Zacharian Puckett, James Maag), 3:47.48.