Bison swim team shows improved times at North Platte
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska -- McCook High School's swim team turned in improved times at a triangular meet at North Platte Friday, Dec. 17.
In each event, swimmers competed in heats, then times were compared to help determine team standings. In the final scoring, North Platte's boys topped McCook 77-22, and the Bison boys lost to Scottsbluff, 81-18. In the girls division, North Platte beat McCook 76-25, and the Bison lost to Scottsbluff, 80-21.
Coach Lori Jumps had a long list of Bison swimmers with improved times at the North Platte event.
Some of the McCook times were drastic improvements, such as Colton Brown cutting 11 seconds off his previous beat time in the boys 100-yard breast stroke, Bryne Carriker cutting 8 seconds off her previous top time in the girls 50-yard freestyle, and Emilene Sides cutting 7 seconds off her previous best time in the 100-yard backstroke.
Some of McCook's best efforts came in the 50 freestyle. In the girls division, Erin Premer had the fifth-fastest time of the day at 30.16 seconds, and teammate Jordan May was close behind with the sixth-best time of the meet at 31.18.
In the boys 50 free, Dalton Bundy of McCook swam the fourth-best time of the event at 27.20 seconds, with teammate Matt Collicott right behind in fifth at 27.47.
Bundy also had the third-best time of the meet in the boys 100 freestyle at 1:00.20, trimming over two seconds off his previous best time. Teammate Michael Sides was sixth in the 100 free at 1:02.70, cutting nearly two seconds off his best mark in that event.
Emilene Sides had the fifth-best time in the girls 100 backstroke with her time of 1:33.50, nearly seven seconds better than her personal best.
Kalan Stamm cut over three seconds off his best time in the boys 100 back at 1:24.70, the fifth-fastest time in that event.
Danielle Blume also improved in the girls 100 breast stroke, with her fifth-fastest time in the meet at 1:35.60, cutting over two seconds off her previous fast time.
Jacob Riemann also cut his best time in the boys 100 breast stroke by over three seconds with a 1:35.40, sixth-fastest in that event at North Platte.
Michael Sides also cut two seconds off his best time in the 200 freestyle at 2:27.71 for the fifth-best time at the North Platte meet.
Coach Jumps also noted several other McCook swimmers with improved times at the North Platte meet. Included in that list were Carrie Clay and Emilene Sides in the girls 50-yard freestyle, Madison Shepard in the girls 50 and 100 freestyles, Conner Stamm in the boys 50 free and Jacob Reimann in the boys 100 breast stroke.
The McCook coach also credited her girls 400 freestyle relay team with a strong effort. The Bison quartet of Miranda Wordekemper, McKenzie Schmitz, Danielle Blume and Emily Wood cut nearly 30 seconds off their previous best time.
Bison divers strong
McCook was strong on the one-meter diving board. In the girls division, Michelle Tinglum placed second with a six-dive score of 123.80 points, just over two points behind event winner Mattea Schmidt of Scottsbluff. Amanda Fuchuck of McCook had the third-best girls diving score at 116.75.
In boys diving, Josh Stevens of McCook had the second-best total of the day at 152.35 points, and teammate Austin Molcyk was close behind in third at 138.85.
The Bison swimmers and divers are idle over the Christmas holiday, with the next competition scheduled Jan. 6 with a return to North Platte to battle with the Bulldogs and Grand Island.