Swimmers are ready to taper

Sonja Karp, NLJ Sports Editor

Photo courtesy of Ethan Weston/Buffalo Bulletin

Rebekah Olson swam the butterfly in the third leg of the 200 Medley Relay in Buffalo Friday. The team finished in sixth place.


The Lady Dogie swim team traveled to Buffalo Friday to compete in their one and only meet of the week. As the season grows nearer to its conclusion, head coach Doug Scribner admitted that his swimmers are tired, and that it may be time to begin taper.

“It was a good meet, but it is apparent that we are tired,” Scribner explained. “This week will be a good one to start taper since we have Laramie next weekend, so those that are close I hope to get qualified.”

Though the ladies competed well, they didn’t see the improvements that they accomplished during the previous several weeks. However, despite several times which were slower, there were a couple of improvements on the day.

Hailey Beastrom had the biggest drop by taking 1.21 seconds off in the 100 Backstroke, putting her only 1.5 seconds away from a qualifying mark in that event. She also shaved off .82 seconds in the 50 Freestyle. 

Ruth Rose took over half a second off her 50 Freestyle time, and was .42 seconds faster in the 100 Backstroke.

Kyah Miller also improved her 100 Backstroke time by .33 seconds, while Raeleigh Shipp was .03 seconds faster in the 50 Freestyle.

Despite swimming tired and two and half seconds slower than her best time, Lydia Anderson won the 100 Freestyle race by nearly a second, and finished second in the 200 Freestyle, six seconds ahead of the third-place swimmer. 

“She was tired in both the 200 Free and the 100 Free,” Scribner reported. “But, all she had to do was stay ahead of her closest competitor who also swam slower, so it kind of makes sense.”

Another highlight of the meet was the 400 Free Relay. Every now and then, Scribner allows the girls to swim strokes other than the freestyle in this event, and since a couple of his swimmers wanted to do a 100 IM for their leg, he let them go for it. The team ended up in third place, beating a team from Cody, which Scribner admitted was fun for the girls.

The 200 IM event was another race that resulted in both a positive and a negative for one Lady Dogie. According to Scribner, Miller has been working on the 100 Butterfly quite a bit and wanted to do it, so she swam the 200 IM. Although her butterfly was executed flawlessly, Miller ended up disqualifying in the race.

“I was going through the motions, and I did the 50 Fly and I was really happy about that!” Miller said. “And then I went to the backstroke and I was thinking that the breaststroke leg had to be my best if I was going to do anything in the race. I was so focused on the breaststroke that I only did a 25 Back instead of a 50. When I came off the turn I went right into the breaststroke, and though I realized my mistake, I had already DQ’d.”

“Despite being tired, it was a fun meet and the girls raced well,” Scribner reiterated. “It’s just that time of season for everyone. The Cody coach even said his girls are feeling the fatigue.”

This week the team heads to Laramie for back-to-back meets on Friday and Saturday. Laramie is also the location of the state meet, which is just four weeks away, so Scribner is pleased his swimmers will have the opportunity to compete at the state venue prior to the culminating meet.


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