For The Record
The Hesston Wahoos hung on to their first undefeated season in at least 10 years Saturday after a meet at the home pool.
Hesston scored 651 points to hold of rival teams Lindsborg at 550 and Marion at 196. Swimming in their last home meet were 18-year-olds Austin Bollinger, Courtney Rehmert and Emily Hershberger and Titus Ewert. All four swimmers will age out this season. They combined for 83 points on the day, including relays they anchored.
In addition, the team set five new Hesston records this week. Individually, Brayden Schilling, 11, broke his own 50-yard breaststroke time of 44.24 seconds set early this season with a 44.12 swim. Kirsten Hiebert, 17, narrowly bested her own 50 breaststroke time at 37.11. She had set the previous record of 37.13 in 2013.
Schilling was also part of the 11-12 freestyle relay team that broke a record that had been on the books since 1998. The old record of 2:20.38 was held by Mark Matzek, Mitch Mason, Clint Ediger and AJ Goertzen. Schilling was joined by fellow swimmers Jackson Copeland, 10, Oliver Krehbiel, 12, and Wilson Eustace, 11, to set the new time at 2:19.87 as well as place first in the event over Lindsborg.
Brielle Copeland, 8, Angela Ewert, 7, Abby Proctor, 8, and Sarah Van Bergeijk, 8, combined once again in the 8-and-younger relays to set not one, but two new Hesston records on Saturday. In the 100-yard medley relay, they bested their own record set three weeks ago in Hesston by a full second for a new record of 1:43.62. They literally blew the other teams out of the water as they finished 30 seconds before the other teams. In the freestyle relay they posted a time of 1:32.76, nearly 20 seconds faster than the second-place team. Their time knocked off the record set in 2009 at 1:33.97 by Jada Mininger and current swimmers Addison Schroeder, Rachel Teeter and Rylie Schilling.
The 13-14 girls nearly had a shut out as they allowed only one first-place finish by another team on Saturday in eight races. In the 100-yard individual freestyle, Rylie Schilling, Katie Stucky and Ally Weaver locked all other teams out by finishing first through third respectively. Addi Schroeder, Schilling and Stucky accomplished the feat again in the 50 freestyle.
More than 60 Hesston swimmers will travel July 11 to Council Grove to compete at the league meet. There they will face off against Abilene, Council Grove, Herington, Hillsboro, Lindsborg, Marion, Peabody and Solomon. Last year, Hesston placed third behind Hillsboro and Lindsborg for its best showing since 2008.