Bison swim breaks another record at GNAC

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Steve Towery/McCook Gazette McCook High junior Shayne Coleman swims along during the recent Bison home meet in McCook's YMCA pool. Coleman captured a Greater Nebraska Activities Conference championship on Saturday at Kearney with a brilliant 100-yard butterfly performance. Coleman and the Bison are closing in on next week's Nebraska state meet at Lincoln.

KEARNEY, Neb. -- It's official: McCook High football players aren't the only Bison athletes who can dominate 100 yards.

Junior Shayne Coleman proved this point on Saturday while showing again why 2017 has been one super season for McCook's swimming team.

Trailing after the first 50 yards, Coleman propelled to Bison speeds never seen before during a 100-yard butterfly race.

Coleman set another new school record when she finished in 1:03.72.

Most impressively, she outraced all the other best butterfliers from Hastings, Scottsbluff, Norfolk,, Columbus and Kearney.

Coleman moved past Hastings' Kate Delaney, who had to settle for second place at 1:03.88. Delaney (28.95) had a narrow lead over Coleman (29.17) when they hit the midway point.

No other GNAC swimmer was closer than Scottsbluff's Samantha Galindo and she as more than two full seconds behind (1:05.75).

The title topped McCook girls' 148 points to earn a top five finish.

"We had a very good meet," Bison coach Lori Jumps observed while mentioning it was also a secondary state-qualifying time.

As mentioned in the Gazette earlier this week, several other Bison earned high GNAC places before preparing for next week's Nebraska state swim meet.

Taylor Ford (third, diving), Laurel Schmidt (fifth, 50-freestyle), Victoria Norgaard (fifth, diving) and Mollie Tate (sixth, 100-breaststroke) took home the other top individual places.

McCook's 200-medley relay of Rebecca Tietz-Tate-Coleman and Schmidt placed third with a time of 2:02.23. Norfolk won that race in 1:54.75.

Candace Coleman joined Shayne, Tate and Schmidt to place third in their 400-freestyle race (4:02.1). Scottsbluff's Bearcats captured first place (3:48.08).

The Bison 400-freestyle relay of Schmidt, Tietz and both Colemans finished fourth overall (1:47.08).

Norfolk (1:42.26) won this race as the Panthers would win both GNAC girls and boys team titles.

McCook's boys totaled 41 points for seventh at the GNAC meet.

No top six places were listed.

Watch for more details about the Bison leading into state next week.

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