OMAHA — Scottsbluff/Gering’s Jon Wiebe added to his impressive swimming season Saturday, recording two top-five finishes in the tough Omaha Westside Invite.
Wiebe had his best showing in the 100-yard freestyle, taking first place with a time of 50.31 seconds.
“Jon Wiebe getting the win in the 100 free in this level of a meet is real exciting,” Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said. “Even though it wasn’t his best time, he swam a competitive race. He held on at the end to get the win, so I was really pleased to see that.”
Wiebe also excelled in the 200 freestyle, ending fifth in 1:53.05.
Wiebe also was part of two relays that placed seventh. The 200 medley relay team of Nick Childs, Spencer Lake, Daniel Schaub, and Wiebe finished with a time of 1:52.03. The same foursome teamed up to place seventh in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:37.31.
Lake added to the Seacats’ point total when he placed ninth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.54. Noah Miller was eighth in diving, scoring 311.55 points.
Those were the only point scorers for Scottsbluff/Gering in the meet. The Seacat boys placed eighth in the team standings with 66 points. Elkhorn won the boys’ meet with 301 points, followed by Millard West with 255, Omaha Westside with 203, Ralston with 186, Grand Island and Bellevue West, both with 119, and Millard North with 109.
Scottsbluff/Gering didn’t score in the girls’ meet, which was won by Millard West.
Hayhurst said he was pleased with his team’s performance overall, especially considering the quality of the meet.
“It’s always a really tough meet. This is the toughest competition we have all year other than state,” Hayhurst said. “But overall, I thought the kids performed well. We started off the meet really, really well. We had a lot of best times from both the younger swimmers and the more experienced kids.”
Although they didn’t score, Baylen Smith, Sarah Cloud, and Anna Yanke all had excellent races, Hayhurst said. Cloud and Yanke posted personal-best times in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.
As for Smith, he had excellent performances in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
“He’s starting to look really sharp,” Hayhurst said. “He’s really coming along.”
The Seacat boys and girls will turn their attention now to the GNAC meet at Hastings on Feb. 8-9. After that, they’ll begin preparing for the Nebraska state meet Feb. 21-23 at Lincoln.
Boys Team Scoring
Elkhorn 301, Millard West 255, Omaha Westside 203, Ralston 186, Grand Island 119, Bellevue West 119, Millard North 109, Scottsbluff/Gering 66, Kearney 65, Lincoln Pius X 49.
Seacat Boys Individual Results
Diving—8, Noah Miller, 311.55.
200 medley relay—7, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:52.03 (Nick Childs, Spencer Lake, Daniel Schaub, Jon Wiebe).
200 freestyle—5, Jon Wiebe, 1:53.05.
100 freestyle—1, Jon Wiebe, 50.31.
200 freestyle relay—7, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:37.31 (Jon Wiebe, Nick Childs, Daniel Schaub, Spencer Lake)
100 breaststroke—9, Spencer Lake, 1:12.54.