The Cut Bank Sharks traveled to Sidney for the State Swim meet that took place Aug. 3-4. It was a long commute and the weather reached 98 degrees on Saturday. There were 252 swimmers that competed from the west side and 373 swimmers from the east side. The Eastern Federation has a large amount of swimmers on their teams, making State a tough place to compete.
Sierra Freedenburg scored 25 points for the Sharks placing in each of her events on the day of finals. Sierra placed 6th in the 50 free for the 9-10 age group, 5th in the 50 breaststroke, and 3rd in the 50 backstroke with a time of 1:34:19. Sierra ended her season on a high note, as she has scored the most points this season for the Sharks.
Andrew Andersen, in his last year of swimming for the Sharks, placed 11th in the 50 freestyle and 4th in the 50 breaststroke. Andrew made it his goal to cut times at State and did so as he ended his career with a 1:19:43 in the breaststroke. Andrew placed high in the breaststroke at every meet he attended this season. Dalton Estey, another swimmer for the 15-19 age group, is a dedicated swimmer who will be back next year. Dalton made it to Sunday finals and ended up with an 11th place finish.
Stefani Bohmer scored 10 points for the Sharks in the 13-14 age group. Stefani is a swimmer who is always looking to better herself as she takes advice from her coaches and does the best she can to improve her technique in the fly. The fly is a more difficult stroke, and Stefani puts in extra hours in the water during the season to improve in any way she can. Stefani took 9th in the 50 fly and 7th in the 100 fly with a time of 1:34:19.
Latham Johnson, along with Avonlea Andersen, both 11-12 swimmers, scored nine points for the Sharks. Latham placed 10th in the 50 breaststroke. This is Latham’s strongest event. Latham is a dedicated swimmer who rarely misses a practice. He will be one to watch in the future.
Avonlea placed 7th in the 50 breaststroke. This is also her strongest event and she has improved her technique a lot this year.
The Cut Bank Sharks ended their season with a third place finish in Class C. Hard work at early morning practices paid off. The coaches are proud of all of the swimmers’ accomplishments.
Here are the State results from the Montana Federation of Swimmers State meet.
Senior boys: Andrew Andersen: 50 Free 11th place and 100 Breast 4th place. Dalton Estey: 100 backstroke 11th place.
Intermediate Girls: Stefani Bohmer: 50 Fly 9th place, 100 Fly 7th place.
Junior Girls: Avonlea Andersen: 50 Breast 7th place
Junior Boys: Latham Johnson: 50 Breast 10th place
Midget Girls: Sierra Freedenburg: 50 Free 6th place, 50 Breast 5th place, and 50 Back 3rd place.