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PLEASANTON, Calif. — Five swimmers of the Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation swim club in Cedar Rapids recently completed in the 2017 Speedo Short Course Far Western Championships with four brining home top finishes.
The swimmers, age 9 to 14, competed among 1,600 swimmers from around the U.S.
Ellie Hance, 10, finished third overall in high point for girls ages 10 and under, placing in the top six in all of her events. She was second in 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley and third in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle,
Mason Turner, 10, finished fourth overall in high point for boys ages 10 and under, finishing in the top five in all of his events, including second in the 200 individual medley and third in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle,
Parker Macho, 9, placed in the top nine in three events and Lilly Lenzer, 11, placed in the 200 backstroke.
Weston Turner, 14, also competed for EISF.
“I have been watching these kids grow and it was becoming clear that something special was happening for them,” Coach Megan Oesting said in a release. “They started out-swimming their age groups in Iowa and I wanted to show them the next level. This meet is regularly regarded by coaches as the most competitive age-group swim meet in the country.”
The team of five finished 16th place among the more than 150 teams and was the smallest team to place that high.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Camryn Christner of Kids First Gymnastics won the Level 8 bars and placed second on the beam and in the all round at the Region 4 gymnastics championships.
The event included gymnasts from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.