The Rails squared off against their long-time rival East on Thursday (12/15) and earned a close victory. Both teams were ready for the close, competitive meet that rivalries frequently inspire.
The Rails jumped out to early lead after the first two races of the night. But East battled back, eventually taking the lead following the 100 Fly. After a close 100 Free race (decided by .06 of a second!), the score was tied 47 points all. The Rails had a strong showing in the 500 Free and reclaimed the lead. The guys held that lead through the last 4 events, despite East earning three first places. Final score: Rails – 86, East – 84
“It was great to see our guys come together and rely on each other. This team is like family. They support each other during the tough practices and celebrate together after the big wins,” said Coach Brayton Weber. “We knew East was going to be prepared for us and we knew they would take quite a few first places. But we also knew that our team was deep. That depth helped us win. I’m proud of our team and their performance.”
This meet was filled with a ton of best swims, some untapered bests, some season bests and some personal bests. With so many great performances, we can’t recognize everyone but below are some highlights from the meet.
- Medley Relay (Greenwood, Whitehead, Worth, Clark) swam a 1:46.09 (second fastest time the season by .03 of second)
- Nick Worthington had a best time of 2:07.59 in the 200 Free
- Cooper Worth’s 2:18.80 200 IM time was a season best
- Domenic Gardner also had a season best time (2:30.77)
- Brayden Clark had a season best time of 23.98 in the 50 Free and took 3rd
- Tyler Whitehead (25.50) and Logan Neifert (25.58) also had best times in the 50 Free
- Konnor Klocke had a personal best time in the 100 Fly, 1:04.40
- Devin Greenwood won the 100 Free by .o6 of second in a season best of 53.73
- Cooper Worth (54.78) and Javier Santiago (55.41) also had season best times
- Javier Santiago had a season best time in the 500 Free, 5:34.05
- Miguel Espinoza (5:37.59) and Nick Worthington (5:55.43) also had season best times
- Griffen McCollough’s 1:07.34 100 Back time was a best time
- Michael Scott also had a season best time (1:17.66) and Devin Greenwood won the event in a 1:00
- Ryan Jump had a best time of 1:18.70 in the 100 Breaststroke
- Tyler Whitehead won the event in a 1:08
- 400 Free Relay (Santiago, Klocke, Worth, Greenwood) took a VERY close second with a season best 3:35.99, .3 of a second from first)
- 400 Free Relay (Espinoza, Clark) took a commanding third place ensuring the win!
The guys start their winter break training this coming week, focusing on getting into top shape for the last few weeks of season. In the meantime, there are no meets until January 5th.