The Butte High Boys and Girls both took first place in the season’s first swim meet. The meet was at the Butte YMCA and there were 5 teams: Helena; Helena Capital; East Helena; Belgrade; and Butte.
The girls were led by junior, Lily Jaksha, who placed 1st in the 200 free, and 2nd in the 100 free. Senior, Alex Kovnesky, took 1st in the 500 free with a personal best time, and 3rd in the 50 free with a personal best time. Senior Cora Raush, took 2nd in the 500 free, and 7th in the 50 free. Freshman, Olivia Thurmond, took 2nd in the 100 fly, and 4th in the 100 breast. Tatum Trefts, a freshman, took 3rd in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 breast. New to Montana this year, is allowing 8th graders to participate, and Nilmalka DeAwlis, who is an 8th grader, took 2nd in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 free. For Relays, the 200 Medley relay of Olivia Thurmond, Tatum Trefts, Lily Jaksha and Alex Kovnesky, they placed 1st. These girls also placed 1st in the 200 free relay. The 400 free relay of Nilmalka DeAlwis, Cora Raush, Joci Petroni, and Jerical Hamburg took 1st.
The boys were led by freshman, Nathan Stone, who took 1st in both the 100 fly and the 100 breast. Sophomore, Ziah Garza took 2nd in the 100 free, and 3rd in the 200 IM; swimming personal best times in both. Sophomore Blair Hamry took 2nd in the 500 free, and 4th in the 50 free. Sophomore Nathan Hiebert took 5th in the 50 free. And freshman, Ben McAdams, new to swimming, took 3rd in the 100 free. Gage Plum, an 8th grader took 1st in the 200 free, and 3rd in the 100 back. The 200 IM relay of: Gage Plum, Blair Hamry, Nathan Stone, and Ziah Garza took 1st. The 200 free relay of Ziah Garza; Gage Plum; Ben McAdams; and Nathan Stone took 1st. The 400 free relay of Blair Hamry, Ben McAdams, Nathan Heibert, and Levi Ballentine also took 1st.
Coach Shrader was very impressed with how everyone competed for their first meet. “We have a lot of new swimmers, and they are learning fast and giving 100%. I am excited for this season.” said Shrader.
Our next meet is in Missoula on December 17th.