The Monett Water Thrashers turned in a strong team effort with a first place finish at the Missouri State Invitational this past weekend at Springfield's Foster Natatorium.
The Thrashers had a combined score of 756.33 to edge past Missouri State's 737.5. The Missouri State team won the girls' side, but Monett's boys overcame the deficit to secure the overall trophy. Eleven complete teams were represented in the scoring.
|Tandi Glouse led Monett with 38 individual points, winning the high point honors both in the 15-18 girls division and overall. Jonah Paszek led the Monett boys, scoring 28 points in leading the 11-12 boys division. Bridie Finch and Sammie Bean combined for a one-two finish in the 6-and-under girls division, scoring 24 and 22 points respectively.|
|Gold medals were hard to get in this very competitive meet. Thrashers who won individual events included:|
|* Madison Barnes, 11-12 girls, 50 back, 42.97.|
|* Bridget Barta, 15-18 girls, 200 free, 2:35.44.|
|* Sydney Barta, 11-12 girls, 200 IM, 1:32.42.|
|* Sammie Bean, 6-and-under girls, 25 free, 24.22.|
|* William Bloss, 11-12 boys, 50 nreast, 46.37.|
|* Matthew Childress, 13-14 boys, 50 breast, 40.08.|
|* Ethan Fuchs, 6-and-under boys, 25 free, 36.97.|
|* Sean Jastal, 11-12 boys, 50 back, 45.43.|
|* Corey Kelley, 15-18 boys, 200 free, 2:23.06.|
|* Ethan Umfleet, 6-and-under boys, 25 fly, 34.54.|
|Tandi Glouse won three gold medals in the girls 15-18 division, taking the 200 free, 50 free and 50 breast stroke. Bridie Finch also won three gold medals in leading the 6-and-under girls division. She touched the wall first in the 25 free, 25 back and 25 fly.|
|Jonah Paszek was the third Monett swimmer to earn three golds. He won the 50 free, 50 back and 100 free in the 11-12 boys division.|
|The stakes are getting higher as the summer swim season winds down for the Monett Water Thrashers. Friday was the last day of "regular season" practice, and the Missouri State Invitational on Saturday and Sunday was the last "regular meet" before Christin Janssen's kids prepare for the "A" and "B" championship meets the next two weekends.|
"This week we will begin to prepare for the kids going to the 'B' Championship meet July 31 and Aug. 1 in Claremore Okla.," said Janssen. "Those who have achieved 'A' times (there are cut off times published each year) will keep practicing as well and then swim Aug. 7 and 8 in the 'A' Championship. That's the big one you want to win.
"If a kid gets an A time in an event at the B, they can then turn around and swim it the next weekend at 'A's,'" explained Janssen. "It is on a per-event basis so a kid could have three A times and three B times, some kids are all A and some still all B. We have a very high percentage that have at least one A time and many with all A's."