COUNCIL BLUFFS — Strong finishes by the Elkhorn/Elkhorn South boys and girls swimming teams in Saturday’s Lewis Central Invitational demonstrate how much progress the programs have made since debuting eight years ago.
The Stormin’ Antlers won the seven-team girls meet with 441 points while the boys finished second to host Council Bluffs Lewis Central 332-323.5 after their 400-yard freestyle relay was disqualified.
While that development might have been a bit discouraging, Stormin’ Antlers coach Chris Jenson said better that happen now than in five weeks at the Nebraska state championships in Lincoln.
What pleased Jenson most was how new swimmers have stepped up for teammates who graduated a year ago.
“We graduated some good people last year so we were a little worried about having to replace them,” Jenson said. “We have a good freshman class, but we have 30 new swimmers out, and not all of them are freshmen.”
Those building blocks were put in place a decade ago with recreation and club teams in the Elkhorn community.
“The relationships built when these kids were just little and getting started has really started to pay off,” Jenson said. “It’s really been fun to watch it grow.”
There were five meet records bettered in the boys competition, including all three relays, and one in the girls. The 200 and 400 boys freestyle relay records were turned in by Lewis Central quartets.
The two individual records on the boys side were set by Elkhorn/Elkhorn South sophomore Michael Mollak. He touched first in the 200 freestyle (1:46.09) and 100 freestyle (48.26). The girls record was set by Omaha Skutt’s Lauren Pavel in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.54).
Team scoring: Council Bluffs Lewis Central 332, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 323.5, Omaha Central 296, Omaha Skutt/Elkhorn Mt. Michael 233, Carroll (Iowa) 217.5, Sioux City Co-Op 196, Bellevue West 192, Omaha North 116, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 88.
Event winners: 200-yard medley relay: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (Riley Herchenbach, Michael Mollak, Nick Kirklin, Willy Morris), 1:41.42 (meet record, betters 1:42.48 by Sioux City, 2012). 200 freestyle: Mollak, 1:46.09 (meet record, betters 1:48.12 by Matthew Howell, CBLC, 2010). 200 individual medley: RJ Hemmingsen, CBLC, 1:59.03. 50 freestyle: Brandon Farnum, CBLC, 22:07. 100 butterfly: Kirklin, 55.01. 100 freestyle: Mollak, 48.26 (meet record, betters 48.31 by Bryon Butts, Bellevue East, 1991). 500 freestyle: Ryan Price, CLBC, 4:55.24. 200 freestyle relay: Council Bluffs Lewis Central (Hemmingsen, Spencer Smith, Taylor Severson, Farnum), 1:29.42 (meet record, betters 1:32.33 by Omaha Central, 2012). 100 backstroke: Caleb Shudak, CBLC, 54.76. 100 breaststroke: River-Sage Tucker, E/ES, 1:06.23. 400 freestyle relay: Council Bluffs Lewis Central (Price, Severson, Shudak, Farnum), 3:20.92 (meet record, betters 3:23.38 by Omaha Central, 2012).
Team scoring: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South 441, Omaha Duchesne 379, Omaha Central 300, Omaha Skutt 294, Bellevue West 213, Omaha Northwest 114, Omaha North 72.
Event winners: 200-yard medley relay: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (Karlie Schaphorst, Bryn Lohrberg, Yuan Yuan Jiang, Kari Bolamperti), 1:55.03. 200 freestyle: Lohrberg, 2:05.09. 200 individual medley: Melanie Hall, BW, 2:28.69. 50 freestyle: Schaphorst, 25.78. 100 butterfly: Lauren Pavel, Skutt, 1:04.44. 100 freestyle: Lohrberg, 55.47. 500 freestyle: Ashley Bowen, E/ES, 5:26.69. 200 freestyle relay: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (Bowen, Bolamperti, Schaphorst, Lohrberg), 1:42.81. 100 backstroke: BreighAnne Lawrence, Duchesne, 1:02.36. 100 breaststroke: Pavel, 1:08.54 (meet record, betters 1:09.65 by Katie Ditter, Ralston/Omaha Gross, 2011). 400 freestyle relay: Elkhorn/Elkhorn South (Bowen, Lindsey Parodi, Jiang, Ellie Wilcox), 3:55.18.
RALSTON DIVE INVITE
Boys 11-dive winner: Will Gottsch, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 442.65.
Girls 11-dive winner: Elizabeth Howorth, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 481.35.
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