(Marian Wallen, BNFF Head Coach)
The Beatrice, Norris, Fairbury and Freeman (BNFF) swimming and diving team competed in the River City Conference meet. The boy’s team finished as River City Conference Runner-up and the girls finished in 4th.
We started on Friday night with diving. Sophomore, Trey Billesback, medaled with a 3rd place finish and a state qualifying score of 333.40. Trey has a lot of talent and has worked hard this year. Senior, Ben Wolzen, placed 4th and was competing in only his 3rd 11 dive meet, and performed very well. He fell short of the automatic state qualifying score of 300 points by only 1.45 points, he scored a 298.55 which was a personal best score for him. I was extremely proud of how hard he has worked in practice and the determination he put into each meet. Senior, Ben Gascon finished in 5th and Sophomore, Matthew Griffeth, finished with a personal best performance in 6th place. In girls diving, Freshman, Caliegh Behrens finished in 3rd place with a personal best score.
Freshman Faith Kelly, finished in 4th, also with personal best score. On the swimming side we had plenty of positives as well at this conference meet. We missed out on a school record in the boys 200 medley relay by .77, which gave them an automatic state qualifying time. So, now we are going to have that as our goal at the state meet, setting a school record. Members of that relay are; Keegan Schuchart, Austin Barber, Regan Monhollon and Colton Starck. The girl’s 200 Medley relay team improved their secondary state qualifying time also. The members of that relay team include; Maddy Wagner, Makalah Scheele, Ainsley Hostetler and Taylor Larkins. Senior, and 3 time state qualifier, Keegan Schuchart had and automatic state qualifying time in his, 100 freestyle. Keegan also improved his secondary state qualifying time in his 100 backstroke. Keegan works hard in every practice, and always knows what he needs to do to achieve his goals.
Senior, Ausitn Barber, had a secondary state qualifying time in the 100 breast stroke. Austin has been working hard to drop his time in this event, and to possibly swim the breaststroke at the state meet. Sophomore, Mikasa Lierman improved her secondary state qualifying time in the 50 freestyle. The girl’s 200 free relay team, dropped 3 seconds of their entry time, to improve their secondary state qualifying time. Members of that relay include; Maddy Wagenr, Ainsley Hostetler, Mikasa Lierman and Taylor Larkins. The boy’s 200 free relay team also improved their secondary state time, members include; Keegan Schuchart, Regan Monhollon, Austin Barber, and Colton Starck. Junior, Maddy Wagner, improved her secondary state qualifying time in the 100 backstroke; Senior, Ainsley Hostetler had a secondary state qualifying time in the 100 freestyle. Senior, Taylor Larkins improved her secondary state qualifying time it the 100 freestyle.
2nd place finishes:
Austin Barber-100 Breastroke
Boy’s 200 relay- Keegan Schuchart, Austin Barber, Regan Monhollon and Colton Starck
Keegan Schuchart-100 freestyle
Boy’s 200 medley relay-Keegan Schuchart, Ausitn Barber, Regan Monhollon and Colton
3rd place finishes:
Keegan Schuchart-100 backstroke
Taylor Larkins-100 freestyle and 50 freestyle
Colton Starck-50 freestyle
We also had many swimmers finish their season with a personal best time in their events.
Mikasa Lierman-50 freestyle
Corinn Miner – 200 Individual Medley
Lauren Havlat- 200 Individual Medley and 100 backstroke
Regan Monhollon- 200 Individual Medley
Joe Wright- 200 Individual Medley and 50 freestyle
Caleigh Behrens-diving and 50 freestyle
Haley York- 50 free and 100 freestyle
Blaine Kujath- 50 freestyle
Ben Wolzen- diving and 50 freestyle
Madison Sweem-100 fly
Emily Mason-500 freestyle
Morgan Burenheide-500 freestyle
Austin Barber-100 freestyle and 100 breastroke
Sophie Miller-50 freestyle
Makayla Rohrer- 50 freestyle
Caylee Clausen-50 freestyle and 200 freestyle
Bailey Lovett-100 backstroke
RJ Suey-100 breastroke-50 free and 100 freestyle
Lauren Behn- 50 freestyle
Cullen Papenhagen-500 freestyle
Maddy Wagner 50 freestyle
When you do well at conference, it kind of sends a statement and further expresses how well the team’s been doing and how deep we are, we are not even partially tapered to this point, which is good. Getting to the state finals and having as many swims as possible on Saturday is always the goal.
But we swam really well on both levels today (boys and girls). Sometimes there are larger goals but it’s always a good thing to do well at conference. And our conference always has some of the top swimmers in the state. It’s also another chance where you swim against great competition.”
Today’s lineup was about our seniors and getting everybody involved in their last conference meet. We tried to give each of them a chance to swim a personal best time to end many of their seasons.
I’m definitely happy with the times; many of the swimmers were more confident — and more analytical, paying more attention to details today. And the thing is, we are not even close to rested. That doesn’t start for him until next week.
State completion is February 23,24 and 25th at the Devaney Center, in Lincoln. Diving begins on Thursday, and swimming begins on Friday, with finals on Saturday.