By LEE STUBBLEFIELD
With the summer swim season winding down, the Monett WaterThrashers squeezed in two meets to give all team members the opportunity to compete in the three meet minimum required for sectional competition.
The WaterThrashers went head to head with Carthage on the road in a dual meet on Thursday, then competed at the Lamar Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
Swimming against tough competition at Lamar, the WaterThrashers fought throughout the two-day affair, and came away with a string of gold medals:
* Kurran Blamey took gold in the boys 15-18 50 breast in 30.23.
* Sarah Childress won the girls 11-12 50 fly in 42.00.
* Courtney Cordova won the girls 15-18 50 free in 30.19.
* Matthew Fillinger won the boys 8-and-under 25 free, clocking a 23.71.
* McKenzie Langley took gold in the boys 10-and-under 50 fly in 45.95.
* Ireland Mertens won the girls 15-18 50 back in 36.95.
* Kelli Sangston won the girls 10-and-under 50 free in 38.97.
* Gina Verhoff won gold in the girls 13-14 100 free in 1:10.14.
"We had about half our team competing at Lamar, and I was so proud of how well the kids swam considering how hot both the air and water were," said WaterThrashers Coach Christin Janssen. "We are in the tired part of our season as this was our last big meet before championships.
"We will have one more week of really hard work before we begin to taper for the championships," Janssen said. "Swimming is a very long and grueling season, and I am very pleased with the wonderful positive attitudes the whole team has shown. We look forward to getting the kids rested and their races polished up, so we are ready to drop lots of time at championships."
The WaterThrashers will swim in their final invitational meet of the season at Joplin on July 23 and 24.