Hurricanes finish second at league swim meet
Last Saturday at the Iola municipal pool, under an oppressive July sun, the Fort Scott Hurricanes swim team were edged out of the championship at the Southeast Kansas League Swimming League by a narrow margin. The Chanute Sharks took the top team prize in the A Division with a score of 1065.50 to Fort Scott’s 1049. Rounding out the rest of the field were Independence with 505.50, Coffeyville Country Club with 274.50, Iola with 154.50, Erie with 92 and Humbolt with 72 points.
Under the watchful eye of head coach David Sachau and assistant coaches Kenny Hudiburg, Cassi Farmer and Kylie Bruner, the swimmers pushed themselves to achieve their fastest times in each of their races. Nearly every swimmer posted a personal best in at least one, if not multiple events. Despite the temperature, and the stiff competition from Chanute, the Hurricanes were blazing hot in the pool.
“There is a heightened level of competition since all the best swimmers in the league are there and it is fun to watch how our kids respond to that,” Sachau said.
Three swimmers took home first place in their age groups in the A Division by scoring the most points throughout the day in their individual races: Jaxen Armstrong, 7-8 year old boys; Olivia Walker, 11-12 year old girls; and Bobby Kemmerer, 13-14 year old boys.
“I didn’t realize I was seeded so well, so at league I got really excited that I had a chance to win my age group,” Walker said. “It was the second to the last race when I realized what points I had and that I needed to swim my hardest to become the points leader.”
Seven year old Jaxen Armstrong won his age group while he also competed, and placed well in two 10-and-under races.
“Jaxen is especially impressive since he is only seven and he swept the 7-8 year old events and placed second and fourth in the 10-and-under events,” Sachau said.
Armstrong said his success came from, “my technique and not taking too many breaths.”
Multiple other swimmers finished in the top ten of their age divisions:
• 6-and-under girls, Bryn Crisler seventh and Cate Smith eighth;
• 6-and-under boys, Boaz Richards sixth, and John Kerr and Wes Lancaster tied for eighth;
• 7-8 girls, Klara Stock second, Tessa Lancaster fifth, Hannah Sachau eighth, Keri Crisler ninth;
• 7-8 boys, Bede Richards ninth, Benjamin Shead 10th;
• 9-10 girls, Kendal Armstrong second, Katy Shead fourth, Avery Stewart fifth, Haley Sachau sixth;
• 9-10 boys, Danny Kemmerer second, Andrew Lyon ninth;
• 11-12 girls, Alyssa Smith third, Bareigh Farrell sixth, Rylan Mason seventh, Ashley Smith eighth; Ellie Smith 10th;
• 11-12 boys, Eli Holt third, Isaiah Self fourth, Eli Williams sixth, Josiah Banwart ninth;
• 13-14 girls, Calista Richards fourth, Claire Holt seventh, Lauren Lyons eighth;
• 13-14 boys, Samuel Mix second, Benjamin Banwart third, Elijah Self sixth, Oliver Witt ninth;
• 15-18 girls, Zoe Self seventh, Aztreia Milton ninth, Addie Smith 10th; 15-18 boys, Micah Self second, Noah Martin 10th.
In the B Division, Fort Scott topped Chanute with a score of 712 to 421. B Division high point winners in age groups were:
• 6-and-under boys, John Kerr;
• 11-12 girls, Ellie Smith;
• 11-12 boys, Benjamin Davenport;
• 13-14 girls, Lauren Lyons;
• 13-14 boys, Oliver Witt;
• 15-18 girls, Julia Kerr.
The league meet was the final meet of the season and therefore the last time Sachau will be at the head of the team, as he and his family are relocating to the Kansas City area.
“We had a great year. I think many of the swimmers realized they can swim faster and longer than they ever thought possible,” said Sachau. “I’m definitely going to miss everyone. It’s a great group of swimmers and parents.”
The Hurricanes are a competitive swim team that competes in the SEK Swim League. Youth ages 5-18 are eligible.
Submitted by Jennifer Richards.
Editor’s Note: More photos from the meet as well as the “agate” type showing each Fort Scott swimmer’s result will be published in Wednesday’s edition.