Bruins swim team impresses at sections
The Bear River swim team wrapped its season over the weekend, competing at the Sac-Joaquin Sections in Lodi.
To swim at sections, each swimmer must have qualifying times for his or her events. There were 114 teams that had swimmers participating at sections this year. There are no divisions in swimming. All schools, regardless of size, compete against each other.
The Bear River girls frosh-soph team included Megan Billingham, Nicole Kelly, Cassie Smith and Bethany Wenger. The girls varsity team was supported by Maddi Herron and Haley Winter. On the boys side, the frosh-soph team was fielded by Tyler Rodgers and Hunter Sinclair. The boys varsity team rounded out the Bruin swimmers with Shane Anderson, Josh Cutter, Tyler Cutter and Jack Herron.
The girls swam Thursday in their preliminary round, while the boys hit the water Friday. The top 16 times for each event qualified for the finals Saturday.
Competing Saturday for the girls frosh/soph team was Billingham with a ninth-place finish (2 minutes, 4.15 seconds) in the 200 free. Billingham, Kelly, Smith and Wenger finished up their day with a 12th (3:56.72) in the 400 free relay.
The lone girls varsity swimmer to get in the water for the finals was Winter, taking 13th (1:54.26) in the 200 free and third place (4:57.94) in the 500 free, which is an All-American consideration time.
The boys frosh-soph team had a solo swimmer Saturday as Rodgers took eighth (2:08.71) in the 200 individual medley and fourth (54.44) in the 100 fly.
The boys varsity team provided the big punch for Bear River. All swimmers made it to the finals in all four of their respective events.
In several races, they were at the top competing against each other. In the 200 free, Tyler Cutter took 12th (1:45.45) and Anderson placed sixth (1:41.24), while Josh Cutter led the way with third (1:40.47) and an All-American consideration time.
When not competing against each other, Herron snagged a fifth-place finish (51.71) in the 100 fly, while Anderson grabbed a fourth (46.62) in the 100 free. In the 500 free, there were three Bruins making finals as Tyler Cutter was 13th (4:48.01), Herron finished sixth (4:40.36) and Josh Cutter provided a second (4:30.70), which is an automatic All-American time.
Then it came time for the boys varsity team to combine their efforts. They took sixth (1:28.18) in the 200 free relay. Then for the final race of the competition, the boys came together one last time in impressive fashion in the 400 free relay and came away with a third (3:08.37) for an All-American consideration time, finishing slightly behind the powerhouses of Davis and Jesuit.
At the conclusion of sections, the team placements were announced. Out of the 114 teams present, the four varsity boys from Bear River were able to generate enough points to establish a fifth-place team finish.
Several Bear River records were set over the weekend. Record-setters were Josh Cutter in the 200 free and 500 free, Haley Winter in the 500 free. Shane Anderson, Josh Cutter, Tyler Cutter and Jack Herron as a relay team in the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay. One of the oldest records at Bear River fell to Shane Anderson in the 100 free.
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