Sailfish finish fifth in Great Plains Swim League Finals to cap successful season

By Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow — The Haysville Piranhas hosted the Great Plains Swim League Finals on July 12-13. The conclusion of the meet that marks the season’s end would have been sad if it had not been so exciting! The Sailfish finished fifth — edging out El Dorado and Twin Rivers.

With a small team (half the size of the champions, Winfield), Wellington’s success depends on every swimmer giving their all. Those achievements were another source of excitement at the end of each day as High Point Awards were presented to the top eight point earners in each division. With a perfect score of 27 (three first places), Jensen Lynnes tied for first among 13-14 Girls. Nash Johnsen’s first and two seconds earned him third in the 13-14 Boys division. On Saturday, the 8-and-under boys were replete with highly successful Sailfish: Owen Camblin in second and Noah McComb in sixth! Up an age group, Alara Wilson brought home the second-most points of any girl and Derex Hay the sixth most of any boy.

Although relays do not factor into high point awards, they are worth double the points of an individual race. There is a good reason, of course: assembling four stars in the same age group is not easily done. While nine of Wellington’s teams (listed below) earned points by placing in the top eight, the 5-8 Boys Medley of Ben Farley (backstroke), Noah McComb (breaststroke), Owen Camblin (butterfly), and Duke Shinliver (freestyle) scored a whopping 18 points with their first-place finish.

Shout-out to all the swimmers who trekked to Haysville in the heat of mid-July! Facing every opponent of the season on a 50 meter pool is intimidating for sure, but the team would not have done as well (and the coaches would not have had as much fun, which is the most important thing, after all) without each one of you! Way to go, Sailfish!

Medals will be awarded to places 1st through 8th:
* Owen Camblin (Second in 5-8 Boys 50 Free; Second in 50 Fly; Second in 100 Free)
* Derex Hay (Third in 9-10 Boys 50 Breast; Fourth in 50 Free; Eighth in 100 Free)
* Nash Johnsen (First in 13-14 Boys 100 Back; Second in 50 Free; Second in 100 Free)
* Jensen Lynnes (First in 13-14 Girls 50 Free; First in 100 Fly; First in 100 Free)
* Noah McComb (Second in 5-8 Boys 50 Back; Third in 50 Free)
* Quinn McCue (Fourth in 15-18 Boys 100 Fly; Fourth in 400 Free)
* Raynee Miller (Fifth in 5-8 Girls 50 Breast; Seventh in 50 Back; Eighth in 50 Free)
* Duke Shinliver (Seventh in 100 Free; Eighth in 50 Back)
* Hank Shinliver (Fourth in 11-12 Boys 50 Free; Fourth in 100 Free; Seventh in 50 Breast)
* Cole Wiens (Sixth in 13-14 Boys 100 Breast)
* Alara Wilson (First in 9-10 Girls 100 Free; Second in 50 Free; Second in 50 Fly)
* Aidan Young (Sixth in 15-18 Boys 50 Free; Seventh in 100 Back).

Places ninth through 16th earned ribbons:
* Averie Black (Twelfth in 13-14 Girls 100 Back)
* Hagen Bryant (Eleventh in 11-12 Boys 50 Back; Fourteenth in 100 Free; Fifteenth in 50 Free)
* Emmalee Burden (Ninth in 9-10 Girls 200 IM)
* Megan Davis (Fourteenth in 9-10 Girls 50 Breast)
* Michael Davis (Ninth in 13-14 Boys 200 Free; Fifteenth in 100 Free)
* Ben Farley (Eleventh in 5-8 Boys 50 Back; Thirteenth in 100 Free; Sixteenth in 50 Free)
* Colin Green (Eleventh in 15-18 Boys 50 Free; Eleventh in 100 Free)
* Kinley Gregory (Tenth in 5-8 50 Free; Tenth in 50 Back)
* Kylan Gregory (Tenth in 11-12 Girls 50 Back; Thirteenth in 100 Free)
* Gideon Hargrove (Ninth in 9-10 Boys 50 Fly; Tenth in 50 Breast)
* Junia Hargrove (Fifteenth in 11-12 Girls 50 Back)
* Theo Hargrove (Twelfth in 5-8 Boys 50 Back)
* Derick Kotchavar (Eleventh in 15-18 Boys 100 Breast; Fourteenth in 50 Free; Fifteenth in 100 Free)
* Eliesse McComb (Sixteenth in 11-12 Girls 200 IM)
* Maddox Miller (Sixteenth in 11-12 Boys 50 Back)
* Duke Shinliver (Eleventh in 5-8 Boys 50 Free)
* Cole Wiens (Ninth in 13-14 Boys 50 Free; Tenth in 100 Free)
* Gus Wiens (Fifteenth in 15-18 Boys 100 Back)
* Megan Wylie (Fourteenth in 15-18 Girls 100 Breast)
* Abby Ybarra (Thirteenth in 9-10 Girls 50 Back)
* Aurora Young (Eleventh in 13-14 Girls 200 Free; Eleventh in 50 Free).

Relays placing first through fourth receive medals:
* 1st in 5-8 Boys 200 Medley Relay (Ben Farley, Noah McComb, Owen Camblin, Duke Shinliver)
* 2nd in 5-8 Boys 200 Free Relay (Noah McComb, Ben Farley, Duke Shinliver, Owen Camblin)
* 3rd in 9-10 Girls 200 Free Relay (Emarri Miller, Georgia Shinliver, Emmalee Burden, Alara Wilson)
* 4th in15-18 Boys 200 Free Relay (Nash Johnsen, Derick Kotchavar, Colin Green Aidan Young)
* 4th in 9-10 Girls 200 Medley Relay (Shyla Hay, Abby Ybarra, Alara Wilson, Emarri Miller).

Relays placing fifth through eighth receive ribbons:
* 5th in 15-18 Boys 200 Medley Relay (Aidan Young, Colin Green, Nash Johnsen, Hunter Bryant)
* 7th in 11-12 Boys 200 Free Relay (Hagen Bryant, Marcus Provost, Maddox Miller, Hank Shinliver)
* 8th in 13-14 Girls 200 Free (Aurora Young, Aubrey Hunt, Makenna Wylie, Jensen Lynnes)
* 8th in 13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay (Aurora Young, Makenna Wylie, Jensen Lynnes, Aubrey Hunt).

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