Manta Rays host swim dual

Friday, February 10, 2006

There weren't a lot of head-to-head contests Saturday when the Salt Fork YMCA Swim Club hosted the Pony Express Swim Team of St. Joseph.

Of those, St. Joseph won eight of 15 on the girls' side and the squads split the four boys' races.

The Manta Rays' strength was the 11- and 12-year-old girls' division, in which they claimed six of the seven blue ribbons. Katie Wells won three times -- in the 50-yard breast (39.56), 100-yard freestyle (1:08.39) and 100 individual medley (1:19.58) -- Allee Barton took the 50 butterfly (34.84) and Kameron Godsey was first in the 50 free (31.66).

Those three, along with Emily Blackburn, had the top times in the 200-yard medley (2:22.76) and free (2:09.70) relay.

The 13-and-over relay team of Lauren Conner, Amanda McClellan, MacKenzie Godsey and Kirsten Kelly was second in both races. The same for the 9-10 relay combo of Abby Gass, Delaney Meyer, Dallas Coslet and Sydney Fornshell. Gass and Coslet each won twice in what were intrasquad individual events.

Only the 9-10 age group had entries from both boys' teams, with Isaiah Guthrey winning the 25-yard backstroke (20.48) and free (16.76). In the battles between three 11-12 Manta Rays, Tyler Nichols won all four times he got in the pool and Andy Cuculich was first twice.

The times for this dual match weren't sanctioned, but Salt Fork already has plenty of entries qualified for the Missouri Valley Swimming Division II East Championships at Kansas City on Feb. 24-26 and the Division I meet at Wichita on March 10-12.

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