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Swimmers take title in Conrad as the regular season winds down

| July 20, 2022 6:20 AM

Hungry Horse News

The Columbia Falls summer swim team won the Conrad Meet over the weekend as the regular season winds down.

The Wildcats had several swimmers with top three performances and did really well in the relay events, coach Kyle Babcock said.

“Our team won nine relays this weekend and all of the kids were looking very strong. We had 51 swimmers qualify for the final events on Sunday, nearly all who came to the meet. Our athletes swam in the top three spots in 21 of the races. We are continuing to stay detail and work oriented, and the kids are back in the pool this morning working hard and staying focused on our final push toward the state competition in just a few weeks,” he said.

The Cats wrap up the regular season with a meet at Fort Benton this weekend. The state meet is in Lewistown in two weeks.

Leading the charge this week for the boys was Jackson Shubert (11-12) first in the 50 breaststroke; Quinten Babcock (9-10) first in the 100 freestyle; Fjord Borgen (9-10), first in the 50 free and 50 backstroke.

Rowdy Watkins was second in the (8 and under) 100 IM and 25 fly.

Brayden Hull was third in the 100 free and 50 back and Teagan Bates (13-14) was second in the 100 free and 100 backstroke.

Joey Leonhardt (15-19) had a nice outing with a second in the 100 back.

On the girls’ side, Teagan Roe (8 and under) was first in the 100 IM, Payson Scribner (9-10) was first in the 50 back and Cat Opalka (11-12) was first in all her events — the 200 IM, 50 breaststroke and 50 fly.

Avery Role (15-19) took first in the 100 breast. Scribner also took second in the 100 IM and 50 fly.

Also having a good day were Kensley Cheff (11-12) third in the 50 back and 200 free; Ella Idleman, Ryle Hull, and Elaine Martindale took third in the 50 free, 100 back and 50 fly respectively.

Coralie Idleman (8 and under) was third in the 25 breast.

Roe also took second in the 25 breast and third in the 25 fly.

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