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Wellington Sailfish finish year with league and divisional finals

Nash Oswald

Jensen Lynnes

by Anna Wylie, special to Sumner Newscow — Before we bid our farewell for the 2017 summer season, there is some unfinished business to be covered. The district and championship meets took place in the previous couple of weeks. With the never ending to-do lists and packed schedules, a proper recap of the meet never happened. Better late than never!

The Missouri Valley District meet was held in Wichita on July 21-23. This meet is solely for those swimmers who had qualifying times in their individual events, making them eligible to swim at this meet. The whole Missouri Valley Conference is invited to the meet, meaning the Sailfish not only battled familiar faces from the team’s division, but also new faces from all over Kansas and Missouri.

The crew that participated in the district meet representing The Sailfish included: Ralphie Cornejo, Maizy Cornejo, Macy Gonzalez, Jensen Lynnes, Colin Green, Cat Green, Nash Oswald, Chance Hamel, Marisa Black and Jordan Thompson. Each individual was able to swim their individual event(s) they qualified for and in addition, two bonus events.

Nash Oswald, 11, finished second in the 100 LC Meter Backstroke and obtained a qualifying time for the Championship meet of 1:23.74. Oswald finished first in the 50 LC Meter Backstroke with a time of 38.50, once again qualifying him for the championship meet.

Jensen Lynnes, 12, finished 1st in the 100 LC Meter Freestyle, smashing the Wellington record with a time of 1:10.75, a championship time. She finished in 5th place for the 200 LC Meter Freestyle and 8th in the 50 LC Meter butterfly.

It was a great meet for the Sailfish and ultimately instilled new perspective to the other swimmers representing our conference. A huge shout out to the swimmers that were invited to attend districts. Obtaining those qualifying times is not an easy feat, but it demonstrates the amount of work and effort put into practice each day by the swimmers.

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The Long Course Championship for our League was held in Columbia Missouri at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, this last weekend. This meet is for qualified swimmers. What that means is that swimmers have to make a specified time cut in a certain event to qualify. Wellington Swim Team was represented by two swimmers this year; Jensen Lynnes age 12, and Nash Oswald age 11.

The Mizzou Aquatic Center was a gorgeous facility, massive and a bit overwhelming for some of the younger or less experienced swimmers but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at them. They took direction from their coaches and warmed up with thirty plus swimmers per lane. They did a great job of keeping their nerves under control even in the presence of two, Olympic Time Trial Qualifiers. When their event was called, they made their way over to the blocks where they would begin “THE” race of the season!

Jensen and Nash swam some great races throughout this long weekend! Nash definitely “showed up” to his 50 back stroke event for 11-12 year olds. He made the finals that evening and swam again placing thirteenth overall. He also qualified for finals in the 100 back stroke event where he placed fourteenth overall. Jensen showed immense composure while swimming each of her races. She has had numerous large meets under her belt which most assuredly helps with her confidence level.

Our goal for all of our swimmers is to help them meet their own personal goals. As coaches, our job is to instruct them on little tips and tricks but the best and most rewarding part is to encourage them on their path during the long training sessions each and everyday to make sure they know that we believe they can attain their goals if they stay dedicated to their training. As this year has come to an end we want to thank you all for your time effort and dedication to making our swim season such a success. Personally, I am grateful for the opportunity to coach each one of you, to learn your personalities, your strengths and weaknesses and to help you adapt and grow.

Thank you Sailfish, parents, volunteers and sponsors for an amazing year!

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