|Boy swimmers turn in strong showing against Ponte Vedra|
|The Press - Sports|
|Written by Bob Gerard|
|Thursday, 14 July 2011 10:18|
It was an early morning for the Baker Bullets swim team July 9 when they went on the road to Ponte Vedra to take on the local Y’s Winston Waves. The Waves have been a contender every year for the First Coast Championship so the Bullets had their work cut out for them. The Waves were three-time winners before stumbling last season and finishing second
The Winston Y’s state-of-the-art pool had a few surprises for the local team. It was the first time many of the Bullets used a starting block.
“Climbing up and looking down on the water some 3 feet below was intimidating for both the young and old members of the team,” said Coach Andy Johnston.
They also discovered that the meet was going to be timed electronically.
“Most of our warm up was spent getting the kids acclimated to the new wrinkles,” said Johnston. “That being said, the meet went well. We finished second in points but won a surprising number of races. Surprising to the Waves that is.”
Baker County’s boys team nearly pulled off a major upset but was edged out 445 to 391 despite the Waves having twice as many competitors.
The girls from the Macclenny Y didn’t fare quite so well. The Waves fielded a girls’ team three times the size of the Bullets and the locals were outscored 839 to 274.
First place finishers for the Bullets included Braeden Knight, Ethan Knight, Landen Hickman, Carson Shedd, Chase Reynolds, Mark Ray, Hannah Peterson and Dillon Ray. The boys 10 years old and under freestyle relay was comprised of Landon Prevatt, Josh Ossmann, Dalton Ray and Dillon Ray. Braeden and Ethan Knight won all of their individual events.
This weekend the Bullets will host their last home meet of the season with competition starting at 9:00 am at the Y pool.
“Our Whopper Dropper of the week with the best improved time for the boys is Kyler Wilkerson, who dropped 21.97 seconds in his three races, and Molly Walters dropped 19.75 in her three individual races,” noted Coach Johnston.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:46|