Manta Rays kick off summer season

Wednesday, June 9, 2004
Allee Barton swam legs of the Manta Rays' two winning nine- and 10-year-old girls' relay teams during a triangular meet at Jefferson City.

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Salt Fork YMCA Swim Club began the summer campaign Friday by winning 12 of 30 events in a triangular against the host Barracudas and Mexico at Jefferson City.

Katie Wells won twice in the highly-competitive nine- and 10-year old girls' division -- in the 25-yard breaststroke (20.49 seconds) and freestyle (15.96) -- and swam legs in the first-place 200-yard free relay (2:09.64) and runner-up medley relay (2:42.08) in the 14- to 18-year-old class. She teamed up in both races with MacKenzie Godsey and Rachel and Sara Willis.

Rachel Willis was second in the 13-14 girls' 50-yard free (30.39), meeting the qualifying standard for the Missouri Valley Swimming Division II Championships -- although the results from this non-sanctioned meet do not count toward that end -- and was third in the 50 butterfly (35.58) and 100-yard individual medley (1:20.04).

Sara Willis also got a D-II time while placing third in the 50 breast (45.33) among 11-12 girls, as did Kameron Godsey while winning the 100 IM (1:29.68) for the 9-10 group. Godsey was second in the 25 breast (21.87) and third in the 25 free (16.52).

Both 9-10 relay teams won. Bonnie Swift, Emily Blackburn, Kirby Brayman and Allee Barton claimed the 100 free (1:21.88) and Swift, Barton, Tiffany Owens and Karson Heying got the blue ribbon in the 100 medley (1:41.03). Blackburn (21.16) and Barton (22.60) were second and third in the 25 backstroke.

The eight-and-under 100 free relay (2:11.20) team of Heying, Samantha Ehrhardt, Cassie Farris and Morgan Thompson was second. Heying was second in the 25 breast (25.15) and third in the free (18.84), with Kellen Renard coming in third in the 25 back (25.54).

Tyler Nichols finished first in all three of his races in the 11-12 boys' division, meeting D-II standards in the 50 fly (38.00), breast (44.84) and free (32.02). Christian Farris won the six-and-under 25 free (35.90) and anchored the first-place eight-and-under 100 free relay (2:45.20) behind Caleb Willis, Jesse Corkill and Logan Davis.

The Manta Rays are scheduled to entertain Boonville and Fayette in a trimeet today.

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