The meet before divisionals is typically a stressful two days. Coaches are trying to make final decisions on which three events their athletes have the best chance of advancing to state in. This meet was no different for the Sailfish coaches as eight out of ten swimmers on the team had no definitive choice for a third event! Saturday started in the typical fashion when the team took to the pool for their warmups. After a team cheer in the pool the final invitational meet of the year began.
Each Saturday the freestyle relay is the first event and the Sailfish’s 11/12 year old relay team earned 4th place with several of the members swimming a personal best. The IM or Individual Medleys were next. Riley Gough, swimming as a 9 year old in the 9/10 age bracket, started off with a great 25 butterfly to touch first and shoved off the wall to the backstroke, as she continued to build her lead Riley completed her breaststroke and then turned for the final leg of the race, a 25 Free. A personal best by 9 seconds, great job Riley! After watching his sister rock the pool Remington Gough used great breathing technique to take 10 seconds off his 25 free and 23 seconds off his 50 Free! Toryn Martinez was the next Sailfish to make a statement. In the 50 backstroke Toryn shoved off the wall for a great start and used her long beautiful stroke to place her at a pool record split going into the 25 meter flip turn! At the final touch Toryn had swam the
Sunday morning came and with a total of 20 personal bests on Saturday the coaches were hoping the team hadn’t shown everything they had. Dakota Gibson soon proved the team had more gas in their tank when she took off 9 seconds in her 200 free. The next race was the 11/12 year old girls IM Relay. With the youngest team there the Sailfish bonded together and swam fearless. Toryn Martinez was a 10 year old swimming an age group up against the number one 12 year old Backstroker in the West. As Toryn matched the older girl stroke for stroke most of the way it was time for Brooke McWilliams to breaststroke. Gaining a slight lead Brooke touched and Tana Gough dove in for Fly. Tana dug deep against the older girls and it was a dead tie between Big Sandy and Fairfield. Dakota Gibson dove in for the freestyle and matched the other girl stroke for stroke. Slowly Dakota started to pull away and at the final touch the Sailfish claimed first and a team personal best by 9 seconds! After the relay Brooke McWilliams continued her domination in the Breaststroke and went on to earn a personal best to claim first in the 50 Breaststroke. Teammate Levi Gibson threw in a personal best with his breaststroke to earn 1st and in the backstroke Tristan Gibson put in another hard fought battle to swim a personal best and 2nd place. With a total of 11 personal bests on Saturday the team and coaches began to pack up while they waited for high point results. Levi Gibson was announced as the high point winner with three first place ribbons and with that the Sailfish headed home. Individual results are below.
Gibson-Dakota 2nd 200 Free, 3rd 50 Free, 3rd 100 Free, 4th Free Relay, 1st IM Relay. Levi 1st 50 Free, 1st 100 Breast, 1st 50 Fly, High Point Trophy. Tristan 2nd 100 Back, 3rd 100 Breast, 4th 50 Free. Gough-Riley 2nd Back, 5th 100 IM, 8th 50 Free. Tana 3rd 200 IM, 3rd 50 Back, 4th 50 Fly, 4th Free Relay, 1st IM Relay. Martinez- Toryn 1st 50 Back, 4th 50 Free, 4th Free Relay, 5th 100 Free, 1st IM Relay. McWilliams-Brooke 1st 50 Breast, 5th 50 Back, 10th 50 Free, 4th Free Relay, 1st IM Relay. Alexis-1st 100 Breast, 3rd 100 Free, 4th 50 Free.