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HASC win 14 events at Summer Splash

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Marshall senior-to-be Amber Lonaker, competing for the Heart of America Swim Club, placed ninth in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Tsunami Summer Splash.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
LEE'S SUMMIT -- July has been a slow month for the competitive group of the Heart of America Swim Club.

The top swimmers from Marshall and Sedalia haven't competed at the region's high-level meets since the Tsunami Summer Splash at Lee's Summit on June 22-24, and aren't slated for action again before next week's USA Swimming Central Section Region VIII Championships at Columbia and the Missouri Valley LSC Division II East Championships at Lawrence, Kan. -- which some will skip due to having Division I-qualifying times.

The HASC recreational group has seen slightly more activity, with two Mid-Missouri Conference meets. The league championships are set for Saturday at Boonville.

At the metro meet, Marshall's Allison Weber and Makayla Swigert of Sedalia combined to win 14 races.

Weber took first place in the girls' 11- and 12-year-old 50-, 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle -- along with the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley. She came in second in her other five events -- the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke and the 50 and 200 breaststroke -- which were up to 24 entries in size.

The HASC's other 11-12 entry was Hannah Bruntzel, who had ninth-place performances in the 100 back and 200 free.

Swigert came away with eight blue ribbons in the 10-and-under age group: in the 50 and 100 fly; 50 and 100 back; 50, 100 and 200 free; and 200 IM. She was also second in the 50 and 100 breast.

Finishing closely behind Swigert is most of those races was Lauren Seelow -- placing second in the 100 fly, third in the 50 breast and 50 and 200 free, fourth in the 100 breast and 200 IM, and fifth in the 100 free. Zoe Sherman, 7, entered three races in the same division, with her best showing 19th in the 50 breast.

Amber Lonaker was the only 15-and-over entry from Marshall, with three top-10 showings: fifth in the 200 fly, sixth in the 200 back and ninth in the 100 breast.

Among HASC boys, Jesse Corkill was in the top 10 in all 11 of his 13- and 14-year-old races, topped by second place in the 200 fly. He was also sixth in the 50 free and 200 breast; seventh in the 200 back and 200 and 400 IM; and eighth in the 100 free, fly and back.

In nine 13-14 boys' contests, Cole Jones wound up among the dozen best three times: sixth in the 50 breast, 10th in the 50 back and 12th in the 200 breast.

Mike Smith was second in the 15-and-over 50 fly, fourth in the 100 and 200 fly, seventh in the 100 free and ninth in the 200 breast and 400 free. Zane Reeser was in six events, placing as high was eighth in the 50 breast and 10th in 200 breast.

There were three boys' 10-and-under entries for the Heart of America club, with Jeremy Acosta placing in the top 10 in all six of his races -- including fifth in the 50 free, sixth in the 100 fly and seventh in the 50 fly and 100 free. Lowell and Clay Pilliard entered three events between them.

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