The Monett Water Thrashers finished a strong second at the Tri-State Conference "A" Championships, which were held at Siloam Springs, Ark., on Saturday and Sunday. The Monett swimmers scored 435.5 points. The Joplin Stingrays swim club won the meet with 516.5 points, and Webb City and Siloam Springs placed third and fourth with 252 and 204 points respectively. None of the other eight teams scored over 200.
|The Water Thrashers held their usual edge in the women's division, but Joplin's 101-point advantage on the men's side was too much to overcome.|
|Jack Barta, Tandi Glouse and Chloe Ridgley earned individual gold medals for the Thrashers.|
|Tandi Glouse and Ridgley finished second and third in the 15-18 women's division overall scoring with 22 and 21.5 points each. Maddy Glouse placed second in the women's 13-14 division, scoring 17.|
Monett's 15-18 girls medley relay team of Sarah Schmidt, Tandi Glouse, Chloe Ridgley and Elise Meyer won gold, breaking the previous Tri-State record of 1:58.99 set in 2007 with a 1:56.61.
Barta led the Monett men, scoring 21 points while placing third in the 9-10 division. Jansen Carr scored 15 in taking third in the 11-12 section.
|"This year has been a fantastic year for the Water Thrashers," said Coach Christin Janssen. "Most of the previous year swimmers returned, but we also added almost 40 new swimmers, which is wonderful growth. We have many new families excited about swimming and eager to help out and be a part of the program which is always very encouraging."|
|This season held many adjustments and "firsts" for the Monett squad. Besides being Janssen's first year as coach of the team, it was the first year with such a large number of team members.|
|"The great thing about swimming is that so many parents are involved and love the sport. We have so much help from the parents to make everything run well and it shows in the success of their kids," Janssen pointed out.|
|"Our season ended well with many kids dropping times at the championships," Janssen added. "I was very pleased with how we swam, and all of us coaches were so proud of our kids for finishing well and earning so many best times as the year progressed and especially at the championships. We have had a great year and look forward to surprising everyone a little bit more next summer."|