Bulldogs fifth, seventh at home swim meet
“Almost everyone swam personal best times today,” Bulldog coach Lynn Shrader said. “The hard work that they are putting in is really starting to show.”
Bigfork racked up 311 points to win the girls’ title. Columbia Falls was second at 266, and Missoula big Sky/Loyola placed third at 264. Butte High scored 189 points.
Senior Kenzie Mason had a big day to lead the Bulldog girls. She took 12 seconds off her 200-yard individual medley to place second. Then she swam to third in the 100 butterfly.
Carly Trefts placed seventh with a personal best in the 200 freestyle. She also placed eighth in the 50 freestyle.
Sophomore Lily Jaksha shaved 5 seconds of her best 200 freestyle time to place ninth. She then dropped 10 seconds for seventh place in the 100 breaststroke.
Junior Alex Kovnesky had a 7-second drop in the 200 free to take 10th.
Senior Kieyrah Killoy placed ninth in the 100 back and junior Jerica Hamburg took 10th in the 500 free.
Mason, Trefts, Jaksha and Alex Kovnesky placed second in the 200 medley relay. Jerica Hamberg, Traci Johnson, Brianna Komm and Kieyrah Killoy placed seventh in the 400 relay.
Missoula Sentinel won the boys’ crown with 337 points. Missoula Hellgate was second at 300, followed by Columbia Falls at 230, Whitefish at 205 and Butte High at 189.
Senior Thad Holdsworth continued his strong season by posting two personal-best times while taking second in the 50 and 500 freestyles.
Sophomore Kershaw Mellot took sixth in the 100 and 200 freestyle, and Junior Ladd Hutchinson placed eight in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 100 freestyle.
Freshman Ziah Garza finished seventh in the 200 individual medley, and senior Brady Maloughney took seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
Mellott, Hutchinson, Holdsworth and Garza teamed up to place second in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
Butte High will host a meet again next Friday. They will travel to Missoula for a meet on Saturday.