Bulldogs swim to second at Butte High Invitational

The Butte High swimming teams placed second in combined standings Saturday at the Butte High Invitational at the Butte Family YMCA.

The Butte High boys took second, while the Bulldog girls took third. Missoula Hellgate swept the team titles for the combined championship.

“The kids have been working hard at practice, and it is showing in their races,” Butte High coach Lynn Shrader said. “I can’t wait to see the improvement throughout the season.”

The highlight of the day was the debut of Butte High’s Catherine Russo. The Bulldog freshman was as good as advertised, swimming to easy titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.

Russo won the 50 free in 23.72 seconds, winning by more than 2 seconds over the second-place finisher. Her time of 1:00.5 in the 100 backstroke was more than 4 seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Russo also swam a leg of a pair of relay teams that placed in the top three. Elsie Dickerson, Cynthia Trudgeon, Nicole Hyatt and Russo placed second in the 400 freestyle relay.

Sidney Christie, Dickerson, Russo and Hyatt took third in the 200 medley relay.

Hyatt also placed fifth in the 200 free and seventh in the 100 free for the Bulldogs. Dickerson pasted a fifth place in the 500 free and an eighth in the 50 free.

Also for the Bulldogs, Devin Amtmann took sixth in the 200 free, Trudgeon placed seventh in the 100 butterfly, and Christie took eighth in the 500 freestyle.

Amtmann, Jenna Maroney, Lorraine Salcido and Kennedi Ferriter swam to sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.

Bulldog Zach Johnson swims to fifth place in the 100 butterfly. (Bill Foley photo)
Bulldog Zach Johnson swims to fifth place in the 100 butterfly. (Bill Foley photo)

Sophomore Zach Johnson led the Butte High boys. He placed fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 butterfly. He also swam on a pair of fourth-place relay teams.

Trevor Komm, Matt Ingersoll, Riley Walsh and Johnson took fourth in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.

Walsh added a fifth-place showing in the 500 freestyle, while Ingersoll placed sixth in the 50 and 500 freestyles. Garrick Sison placed seventh in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.

Also, Komm took sixth in the 100 free, Jackson Maloney placed ninth in the 100 backstroke, and Brandon Quinn swam to 10th in the 200 freestyle.

The Bulldogs will swim at the Great Falls Invitational next Saturday.

Individual results

Team scores