Butte High’s swimming teams keep improving, even though they never get a chance to see their competition.
The Bulldogs once again posted personal records this weekend while competing in the virtual Missoula Invitational. Butte High’s boys tied for sixth, and the girls placed 11th.
The Bulldogs have one meet left before the state meet, and coach Lynn Shrader is hoping can use it to bump up some times. Only the top 24 times in each event get to swim at state.
On the boys’ side this weekend, junior Tad Holdsworth won the 100-yard breaststroke, beating his personal best by a full second. He also placed seventh in the 50 freestyle.
Freshman Kershaw Mellott dropped six seconds in the 200 freestyle to place night, while sophomore Ladd Hutchinson took almost 2 seconds off his best time to finish nignth in the 200 individual medley. Senior Colby Regan dropped four seconds and placed 10th in the 200 freestyle.
Mellott, Hutchinson, Maece Garza and Holdsworth teamed up to finish third in the 400 freestyle relay and fourth in the 200 freestyle relay.
Daniel Harrington, Regan, Garza and Mellott finished 10th in the 200 medley relay.
For the girls, senior Anna Trudnowski placed third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 50 free. Junior Carley Trefts placed 10th in the 100 freestyle.
Trudnowski, Hannah Morin-Ferguson, Kinzie Mason and Trefts swan to ninth in the 200 freestyle relay. Cora Rausch, Alex Kovensky, Savannah Hardman and Lily Jaksha took 10th in the 400 free relay.
“Even though they didn’t make top 10, there were some great swims,” Shrader said. “Carley Trefts dropped a half second in the 200 free. Freshman Lily Jaksha dropped 6 seconds in the 100 free and almost 2 seconds in the 50 free. Alex Kovensky dropped 14 seconds in the 200 free.”