Chester Swim team competes in Cut Bank meet
The Chester Penguins Swim Team went to Cut Bank, Montana June 18-19th for the Cut Bank Invitational. This meet was small compared to most with only about 200 swimmers in attendance. The weather was a bit chilly especially for the swimmers who had to swim in the rain and wind. Thankfully no one had problems getting into the pool since the water temperature was warmer than the outside air. The weather did not affect the Penguins. The meet started at 10 a.m. Saturday and concluded at about about 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Penguins had 13 swimmers competing in the meet and placed 6th overall out of 10 teams. Placing 6th is impressive just for the fact that many of the other teams have four times the swimmers we had swimming this weekend. Attending the meet were teams from Bitterroot (Hamilton Valley), Choteau, Fairfield, Conrad, Cut Bank, Columbia Falls, Shelby, Sunburst, and Fort Benton.
Our swimmer of the week is Isabelle Habets. She swam the whole length of the pool alone for the first time, racing the 25 meter backstroke as a 6 year old! She even placed 12th out of 23 swimmers competing in the event and got a chance to swim in the finals on Sunday. Way to go Isabelle!
Also, special congratulations to Braden Mattson who received the high point award for the most points earned in the boys 9-10 age division! To receive this award, Braden had to swim 1st in all of 3 of his events, earning 42 points for the team. Way to work!
Another shout out to Miss Mya Nishimura. Mya is an excellent swimmer who is visiting us again this summer. She is able to swim year round at home, and since our swimming federation is specifically limited to communities with outdoor pools and only summer swimming, she “exhibition” swims all of her races, meaning none of her times count, and none of the points she could earn can go to the team. However, she has an awesome attitude, and is always pushing the other kids in practice as well. She is an great all-around swimmer. Even though she technically does not get a “place” in her race, rather than just listing her stats as “XNT” (Exhibition No Time), I listed her “unofficial stats” to demonstrate how much she has been working. Keep up the hard work Mya!
Here are the results for the Chester Penguin swimmers:
Boys 8 & Under
Hunter Cole (7): 100 m. Individual Medley – 3rd, 25 m. breaststroke – 3rd, 50 m. freestyle – 4th,
Kaden King (7): 25 m. freestyle – 10th, 50 m. freestyle – 8th, 25 m. backstroke – 10th
Girls 8 & Under
Isabelle Habets (6): 25 m. backstroke – 12th
Kamryn King (5): 25 m. freestyle – 24th
Braden Mattson (10): 100 m. IM – 1st, 50 m. freestyle – 1st, 50 m. butterfly – 1st.
Sadie Cole (9): 100 m. IM – 8th, 100 m. freestyle – 3rd, 50 m. backstroke – swam
Kira King (9): 50 m. freestyle – 12th, 50 m. breaststroke – swam, 50 m. backstroke – 9th
Mya Nishimura (9): *All exhibition* 100 Individual Medley – 2nd, 50 m. freestyle – 3rd, 50 m. breaststroke – 3rd
Rhiannon Cole (11): 200 m. Individual Medley – 1st, 200 m. freestyle – 2nd, 100 m. freestyle – 4th, 50 m. butterfly – 4th
Averie Mattson (12): 100 m. freestyle – 7th, 50 m. breaststroke – swam, 50 m. backstroke – 5th
Ethan Habets (13): 50 m. freestyle – 10th, 100 m. freestyle – 9th, 100 m. backstroke – 7th
Derek Melton (14): 50 m. freestyle – 7th, 100 m. breaststroke – swam, 100 m. freestyle – 7th
Madeline Woods (18): 50 m. freestyle – 1st, 100 m. freestyle – 1st, 400 m. freestyle – 2nd
Swim team is an excellent way to build muscle and stay in shape during the summer months. It is amazing what some of these kids can do! Next up: Plains.Posted: by OverlieP