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WaterThrashers win Tri-State Championships

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Digging a little deeper. Phillip Roller, of the Monett WaterThrashers, comes down the home stretch of a race during the Tri-State Conference Championship this past weekend in Claremore Okla. The WaterThrashers won the championship with a team score of 386. [Times Photo by Nancy Noll-Meyer]
Led by a 33-point performance by Chloe Ridgley, the Monett WaterThrashers won the overall team title at the Tri-State Championships at Claremore, Okla., over the weekend. Monett won the meet with 386 points, followed by Joplin with 330. A total of 12 teams competed in the championship event.

Ridgley, a gritty 17 year old, scored in six events while racking up her 33 points. She won both the girls 15-18 50 free and 50 fly and placed second in the 200 free, 100 free and 50 back. With her third place medal in the 50 breaststroke, Ridgley scored in four different stroke events.

Hannah Martin chipped in 13 points in the same age bracket, and Carter Huffmaster led the Thrashers on the boys' side, scoring 16 in the 15-18 division. He won a gold medal in the 50 fly. Kurran Blamey scored 12 points, and Tyler Bass scored 8 in the boys 15-18 group.

Helping to lead the way. Monett WaterThrasher Chloe Ridgley scored 33 points to help lead the Thrasers to a Tri-State Championship at Claremore, Okla. Monett scored 386 team points to take the title. Joplin finished second with 330 points. [Times Photo by Nancy Noll-Meyer]
But it was the relay teams that put the Thrashers in position for the conference championship.

"If you look at the results, it was truly a team effort as our relays absolutely dominated the weekend," said WaterThrashers Coach Christin Janssen. "Twelve of our 13 relays achieved best times, and we won four first places and three seconds, and even our 'B' relays got up into the second, third and fourth places.

"What really helped us was when our 8-and-under boys took first in both of their relays for the weekend and the girls took second. Seeing our older kids leading and our younger swimmers stepping up and joining in the battle for points made me so proud. I knew it was going to be an awesome weekend for our kids."

Janssen said every WaterThrasher on the team helped contribute to the championship.

"They should all be very proud of how hard they worked this summer and how they helped each other become stronger, so we could achieve this goal that we have been working toward since last year," said Janssen.

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