Nevada's swimmers cut times in Springfield
The Nevada High School boys swimming team shaved precious seconds off its times in a few events at the Ozark Invitational Saturday in Springfield.
Junior Karter Evans left with a pair of seventh-place finishes, clocking in at 25.12 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle (a -0.31 difference from his seed time) and 56.67 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle (-1.40 better than his seed time).
Considering that Evans was competing against more than 50 other swimmers in each event, NHS head coach Clayton Wheeler stated that Evans is continuing to get closer to a state consideration time with each race.
The same went for the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Evans, Jeremiah Hoss, Daylan Harth, and Chosen Reichard — who knocked almost two seconds off its state consideration time on Saturday.
“Currently we are 35th in that race and we need to be 32nd or higher to advance to state,” stated Wheeler, whose four swimmers took 11th place with a time of 1 minute, 51.62 seconds. “It’s still the beginning of the year and we have a lot of swimming and practice left. We are feeling confident we can better that time.”
Evans, Harth, Reichard, and Hoss also finished 9th in the 400-yard freestyle relay (4:27.20).
In individual events, Harth took 20th in the 100-yard freestyle (1:03.83) and 21st in the 50-yard freestyle (27.29); Hoss was 24th in the 100-yard freestyle (1:04.82) and 28th in the 50-yard freestyle (28.68); and Reichard finished 33rd in the 100-yard freestyle (1:13.32) and 34th in the 50-yard freestyle (30.71).
The Tigers tied with Lamar for 12th overall with 54 points. Glendale won the event with 384.
Nevada will head to Monett on Tuesday to compete in a pool that Wheeler stated deemed fast and one where his swimmers usually cut time.