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HASC wins 22 conference titles

Friday, July 20, 2012

BOONVILLE -- The combined Heart of America Swim Club and Sedalia Bandits took home 16 individual blue ribbons, nine by Marshall swimmers, and six relay titles Saturday during the Mid-Missouri Conference Championships at Boonville.

Tyler Nichols and Allison Weber each accounted for three solo victories.

Although Nichols -- a two-time all-American and high school state champion heading to the University of Iowa this fall -- was pushed by Mexico's Matthias McManus in the 100-meter breaststroke, he comfortably won the 50 freestyle by 3.60 seconds and the 100 free by a whopping 11.06 seconds.

Nichols and Jesse Corkill made up half the HASC-Sedalia combo which cruised to wins in the 15- to 18-year-old mixed free and medley relays. Corkill also claimed second place in the 50 breast and butterfly and 100 individual medley.

Weber was a winner in the 11-12 girls' 50 free and 100 IM, as well as the Open 200 free.

Jacob Seelow won twice in the 6-and-under boys' division, in the 25 free and breast, and placed second in the 25 fly. Another individual win for Marshall entries came in the girls' 9-10 breast by Lauren Seelow, who was also second in the 25 free and 100 IM.

Emily Raines -- one of three Lady Owls in the meet -- was second in the 100 backstroke, third in the 100 breast and fifth in the 50 breast.

Recent graduate Allee Barton came in second in the Open 100 fly and had two high finishes among 15-18 girls, fourth in the 50 fly and fifth in the 50 free. Amber Lonaker finished sixth in the Open 100 free and 15-18 50 back, along with eighth in the 15-18 50 free.

Barton and Raines were part of the second-place 14-18 girls' 200 free relay, with Lonaker joining them for second in the 200 medley relay.

Katie Melton and Zoe Sherman made up half of the winning 8-and-under girls' 100 medley relay unit. In individual events, Melton finished as high as fifth in the 25 fly and Sherman came in seventh in the 25 breast.

Hannah Bruntzel swam legs in two victorious relays in the 11-12 girls' 200 free and medley, while also claiming fourth in the 100 IM and sixth in the 50 back. Maggie Sherman arrived as high as 11th in the 11-12 girls' 50 breast, while Kelsey Lawson's best finish was 25th in the 9-10 girls' 25 free.

While some of the HASC's recreational group will advance to the Missouri Valley Division II East Championships at Lawrence, Kan., this week, some members of the competitive squad are simultaneously competing in the USA Swimming Central Section Region VIII Championships at Columbia.

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