Tiger swim squad takes ninth in Springfield

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Nevada’s (school) record-setting and automatic state-qualifying 200-yard medley relay team, l-r: Ben Hines, Tyler Armstrong, Grant Miller, and Kalen Morris.
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With the Class 1 Swimming and Diving Championships just around the corner, the Nevada Tiger swim team got in a late-season tune-up at Saturday’s Glendale High School-hosted Springfield Invitational.

Nevada fared well against the strong field of competitors, placing ninth at the 20-school event — held at Foster Natatorium.

Kansas City’s Rockhurst High dominated the festivities, racking up 434 team points en route to the first place finish. Glendale placed a distant runner-up, 111 points back of the victors, while Cape (Girardeau) Central rounded out the top three.

Nevada’s day was highlighted by Ben Hines’ pair of golf medal finishes — achieved in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles — as well as an automatic state qualifying time notched by their 200 medley relay team (1:45.36). In addition to their fifth-place finish in medley relay, the Tigers placed fourth in the 200 free relay (1:34.33).

Hines is now a combined 20-0 this season in the 50 and 100 free events, with 10 first-place finishes in each event. Both of Hines’ official times in Saturday’s 50 (21.73) and 100 (47.93) were automatic state-qualifiers.

“We had a good afternoon (here),” said Nevada head coach Clayton Wheeler. “We were missing half our team due to other activities, but we still had a great showing.”

Added Wheeler: “It was great to see Pierse (Dennison) and Jeremiah (Hoss) drop so much time off their races. Jeremiah has been steadily dropping time in the 500 free, where he dropped another 16 seconds (7:35.31). Pierse dropped six seconds off his 100 free time (1:07.41), and still has potential to drop even more.”

Team scores

• Rockhurst, 434; Glendale, 323; Cape Central, 267; Rock Bridge, 191; Lafayette, 167; Hickman, 137; Joplin, 111; Ozark, 104; Nevada, 98; Kickapoo, 90; Springfield Central, 87; Battle, 72; Logan-Rogersville, 60; West Plains, 53; Waynesville, 35; Hillcrest, 20; Thomas Jefferson, 17; Nixa, 16; Marshfield, 15; Poplar Bluff, 1.

Up next

Nevada returns to Foster Natatorium for the Southwest Missouri (SWMO)Swim Championships. The prelims are slated for Friday — with the finals on tap Saturday.

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