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BNF girls swimmers finish 2nd at home invite

December 4, 2018

The BNF co-op swimming and diving team hosted the Beatrice Invite on Saturday and the girls team finished second.

The team consists of swimmers from Beatrice, Norris and Fairbury High Schools.

They finished with a team score of 358, which was only bested by Lincoln Pius X’s team score of 388. Ralston/Gross finished with 163 points and Brownell Talbot/BTCMR finished with 137.

The Beatrice boys co-op team finished with 223 points, which was good enough for third place. Lincoln Pius X won the boys title with 362 while Ralston/Gross finished with 307. Brownell-Talbot/BTCMR finished behind Beatrice with 129 points.

Beatrice coach Marian Wallen said this is a good meet to start the season with because it’s against a few teams from the River Cities Conference.

“This gives the team some ideas on who they will be competing against multiple times throughout the season,” Wallen said.

Wallen was happy with how both teams competed, especially since they had many individual swimmers finish in the top three in their events.

“This is very encouraging that we continue to drop time and have more swimmers qualify for the state meet,” Wallen said.

Mikasa Lierman and Colton Starck both had good meets, dropping time and qualifying for state with secondary times. Sophomores Crystal Craft, Maya Moran and Mikwena Lierman also performed well and continue to improve their state qualifying times.

Wallen said the teams have a lot of depth this year, which allows them to move swimmers around to different events where they can score points for the team.

“We were very impressed with the teams support of one another throughout the meet,” Wallen said. “We have three high schools, but we always consider ourselves one team. We are not a Beatrice team, a Norris team or a Fairbury team -- we are the BNF team. Everyone cheers and encourages one another. This, I believe, contributes to our 35 personal best performances in this meet.”

First place finishes include the girls 200-medley relay team of Maya Moran, Crystal Craft, Mikwena Lierman and Mikasa Lierman and the boys 200-medley relay team of Colton Starck, Jacob Mason, RJ Suey and Cameron Knepp.

Mikwena Lierman also won the 50-freestyle while Maya Moran won the 100-freestyle.

Also finishing first was the girls 200-freestyle relay team of Crystal Craft, Katie Malina, Lauren Havlat and Morgan McCubbin and the boys 200-freestyle relay team of Colton Starck, RJ Suey, Jacob Mason and Cameron Knepp.

The girls 400-freestyle relay team of Mikasa Lierman, Maya Moran, Josi Mans and Mikwena Lierman also finished first.

Secondary state qualifying times from Saturday include the girls 400-freestyle relay team of Mikasa Lierman, Maya Moran, Josi Mans and Mikwena Lierman; Mikasa Lierman in the 100 Freestyle; Maya Moran in the 100-freestyle; Crystal Craft in the 50-freestyle and Colton Starck in the 50-freestyle.

Personal best times int he 200-freestyle include Maya Moran, Mikasa Lierman, Juan Sonenberg, Blaine Kujath and Crystal Craft.

Personal best times in the 50-freestyle include Linnea Edeal, Hannah Essink, Emily Mason, Maya Hutzler, Laci Havlat, Gabi Wyrick, Juan Sonenberg, Isaiah Jacobsen, Lauren Havlat, Carson Monhollon, Callum Olmer and Noah Pomajzl.

Personal best times in the 100-backstroke include Lauren Havlat, Sam Fortner, Ian Scheele, Noah Smith and Katie Malina.

Personal best times int he 100-freestyle include Linnea Edeal, Gabi Wyrick, Mikasa Lierman, Noah Pomajzl, Morgan McCubbin and David Gray.

Michael Walsh finished with a personal best time in the 200-IM, Laci Havlat and Averi Kolb finished with personal best times in the 100-butterfly, Cailey Biesecker finished with a personal best time in the 500-freestyle and Blaine Kujath and Laci Havlat finished with personal best times int he 100-breaststroke.

Next action for Beatrice will be Thursday when they host a dual with Ralston/Gross at the Beatrice YMCA. Diving begins at 4 p.m. with swimming to follow.

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