SANTA CLARE, Calif. — Mason Turner and Parker Macho of the Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation (EISF) swim club in Cedar Rapids won gold at the 2018 Speedo Short Course Far Western Championships.
The swimmers competed among 1,700 other from around the U.S.
Ellie Hance (age 11), Mason Turner (11) and Parker Macho (age 10) attended the meet with Coaches Megan Oesting and Kerry Carleton.
Turner, 11, won the boys’ 11-12 1,650-yard (mile) freestyle in a time of 17:14.02, setting an Iowa state record. Turner broke another Iowa record in the 500 freestyle, clocking 4:53.14 and placing second. In his third state-record-setting swim, Turner swam a 2:05.41 in the 200 butterfly, placing second again. Turner also won the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:17.25.
Macho, 10, finished second in individual high point for age 10-and-under at the meet. He finished first in the 200 freestyle (2:02.97), 100 freestyle (57.19), 500 freestyle (5:24.86) and 200 individual medley (2:19.11), and second in the 100 butterfly (1:03.49). He broke his own state record in the 500 free.
“When we came out here last year, our kids were wide-eyed and a bit in awe of just how much faster this group of swimmers is compared to what they face locally,” Coach Megan Oesting said. “This year they knew what to expect and rose to the occasion. The kids were not intimidated at all, even swimming against kids a year older, almost a foot taller and 20 pounds stronger. We came in and beat the west coast’s untouchables and now I think they can take on anyone they want.”
42 MOSER ATHLETES TUMBLERS GOLD
Forty-two members of the Moser School of Dance and Gymnastic won gold at the USTA Power Tumbling meet held in Melcher recently.
Winners were Katie Fitzgerald, Carter Phillips, Emma Oberbroeckling, Hannabelle Erickson, Sophia Geistkemper, Memphis Voelker, Katelin Ante, Brookling Ante, Kaydence Ahart, Logan Bevans, Kyle Peck, Carly Hillebrand, Ava Nolan, Taylor Mullis, Isabel Markham. Kylie Belinsky, Kennedy Bulman, Lexi Opitz, Elizabeth Recker, Megan Pierschbacher, Madelyn Troester, Allysa Sadewasser, Kaley Polfer, Kendall Wagner, Elyse Konrardy, Tucker Erickson, Memphis Peyton, Hayleigh Thomas, Mattie Johnson, Lexus Fleming, Ella Krivanek, Grace Anton, Julia Kuennen, Delaney Brown, Aaliyah Rosenthal, Madilyn Payne, Laura Pierschbacher, Ava Seevell, Brody Ries, Carlie Bergan, Adalyn Fette and Lainey Payne.
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Runners-up were Annie Gulick, Rachel Clayberg, Reagan Brown, Reagan Dolan, Kadence Pape, Jayce Grennan, Isabella Barrett, Kreighton Peck, Maddesyn Demmer, Makayla Cuellar, Rylee Crubel, Ella Davidshofer, Parks Grennan, Madison O’Hea, Kadee Batterson, Vivian Clar, Avery Fette, Faith Kirby, Kael Peck and Melayna Steils. Michelle Stelken placed third, along with Cheyenne Varner, Claire Jaeger, Lily Schmitz, Kennedi Bevans, Alexa Ries, Kiley Wall, Allie Esmann, Isabella Johnson, Erin Dittmer, Aubrey Wilson, Payton Erickson, Katie Royer, Autumn Domeyer, Brynn Burlage, Ava Oberbroeckling, Phillip Johnson, Ella Vaughn, Kallyn Henney, Adler Mormann, Reese Kuhse, Jorgie Schulte, Piper McGrath, Madelyn Pope and Hadlee Erickson.
SWISHER’S JOHNSTON FINISHES RUNNER-UP
NEW LENOX, Ill. — Ian Johnston of Swisher shot a 3-under-par 69 in the final round of the MAJGT Sanctuary Open, finishing second overall.
Johnston, 16, finished with a two-round total of 142, one shot off the lead. His 69 was lowest round for the tournament.