GODFREY – At 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Summers-Port’s Jake Roth was looking forward to competing in the first event of the Southwestern Illinois Swim Association Championships at Summers-Port Pool – the 200-yard freestyle in the 13-14 boys' division.
“I was very excited for the first event,” Roth said. “I love the 200 free so much. It just pumps you up.”
The 13-year-old Roth came out on top in the 200-yard freestyle, winning the event with a time of 2 minutes, 4.22 seconds.
After that victory, the Sharks never trailed in the five-team SWISA meet. Summers-Port won its 24th consecutive league title by placing first with 2,162.5 points.
“I’m very grateful,” Summers-Port coach Nancy Miller said. “It’s a team effort to get to where we were, so I’m very happy with all of my kids. We had a handful of disqualifications, so I’m proud of that. We had some best times, so I’m very proud of that. We just had a bunch of High Point winners, so that was exciting as well.”
Paddlers was second with 1,856.5 points, Water Works finished third with 1,487.5, Splash City came in fourth with 1,401.5 and Sunset Hills placed fifth with 918.
Summers-Port placed first in 32 events. The Sharks had five swimmers winning three events.
Anna Moehn won the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard intermediate medley and the 100-yard backstroke in the 11-12 girls' division. She also was one of 10 Summers-Port swimmers who earned High Point awards.
“I was really nervous, but in my heart, I know I trained really hard and I trained really well,” the 12-year-old Moehn said. “I knew I could do it.”
Matthew Daniel won the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard intermediate medley and the 100-yard backstroke in the 15-18 boys' division, Lillian Schuler placed first in the 50-yard freestyle, 25-yard backstroke and the 25-yard butterfly in the 8U girls' division, Eleanor Schuler came out on top in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard intermediate medley and the 50-yard butterfly in the 9-10 girls' division and Noah Clancy won the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard intermediate medley and 100-yard backstroke in the 13-14 boys' group.
In addition to his 200-yard freestyle win, Roth also placed first in the 100-yard freestyle.
Also for the Sharks, Stephen Stobbs won the 25-yard backstroke and the 25-yard butterfly in the 8U boys' division.
Roth said he’s pleased that his team won another SWISA championship.
“It’s nice,” said Roth, who won a High Point award. “It’s fun to be with your friends and having this experience with everybody.”
Paddlers had four champions in Sunday’s meet. Evan Brewer won the 25 and 50-yard freestyle in the 8U boys' division, Alexander Weaver placed first in the 100-yard intermediate medley and the 50-yard butterfly in the 9-10 boys' division, Reilly Curry won the 25-yard freestyle in the 8U girls' division and Noah Cain captured a title in the 100-yard breaststroke in the 13-14 boys' division.
All four swimmers, along with Emily Webb in the 15-18 girls' division, earned High Point Awards.
“The kids did well today,” Paddlers coach Celeste Furmanek said. “That’s always a big concern when you get to the end. You want them to swim well.”
Weaver said he was glad to win a couple of SWISA titles in his last year in the 9-10 division.
“It felt good,” the 10-year-old Weaver said. “I just tried my hardest and I improved all of my times. I was happy with how I did.”
Brewer has been successful in the freestyle events all season long. Last week, he won the 25 and 50-yard freestyle against Summers-Port. He also won the 25 and 50-meter freestyle in meets against Splash City and Water Works.
“At our pool, I mostly race my sister (Anna) in freestyle and that’s my fastest stroke,” Brewer said.
Curry also completed an outstanding season in the freestyle events. She won the 25-yard freestyle against Summers-Port and placed first in the 25-meter freestyle against Water Works and Sunset Hills.
“I like being on the Paddlers team because I have good coaches and my friends are here to support me,” the 7-year-old Curry said.
Water Works won 21 events and scored 948 points in the girls' division. Bailey Grinter, who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in two events earlier this month, finished first in three events – 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle and was part of the winning freestyle and medley relay teams in the 15-18 division. Elizabeth McPherson, who is the also the Marlins’ head coach, won the 100-yard intermediate medley, 100-yard backstroke and the 50-yard butterfly in the 15-18 division and Phoebe Gremaud and Allison Naylor each won three events in the 13-14 division.
Autumn Grinter, Bailey’s younger sister, won the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly in the 11-12 division.
Also for Water Works, Cooper Scharff won the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard intermediate medley and the 100-yard backstroke in the 11-12 boys' division and Cohen Osborn placed first in the 100-yard freestyle, 50-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke in the 9-10 boys' division.
“It was really exciting, especially watching all of the relays,” McPherson said. “That was probably the best part of the day. I just liked watching everyone do really well in those.”
Bailey Grinter said she was thrilled to win three individual events on Sunday.
“The 50 (freestyle) is my best event,” Grinter said. “It’s my favorite, too. I just got in and sprinted and I was done. In the 100 and 200 (freestyle), I couldn’t have done that. For the 200, I kind of relaxed and tried hard at the end. The same with the 100.”
Naylor said she was happy to get a first-place High Point award in the 13-14 girls' division. She shared the honor with Gremaud.
“Last year, I was going for High Point and I was seeded for High Point, but I got third,” Naylor said. “So I was really trying to get first in High Point this year.”
The Marlins will lose just one swimmer, McPherson, to graduation next year.
“I think we’re going to do great next year,” said Olivia Ramirez, who won a title in the 13-14 girls' 100-yard breaststroke. “I think we’re going to come and do good stuff. I’m really proud of our team and I think we did really good this year.”
Thomas Hyten was Sunset Hills’ top performer in the SWISA meet, placing first in the 50-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard butterfly and helping the freestyle and medley relay teams pick up victories in the 11-12 boys' division. He also earned a High Point Award.
Hyten said he enjoyed competing in the SWISA meet.
“It’s kind of like the Olympics of Southern Illinois,” the 12-year-old said. “All of us get together. It’s fun, you get to meet friends and make new friends.”
Carter Knoyle also earned a High Point award in the 11-12 boys' division after placing first in the 50-yard freestyle and helping the freestyle and medley relay teams get wins.
Also for the Stingrays, Hayden Etcheson won a championship in the 25-yard breaststroke in the 8U girls' division. Etcheson, who also competed in the backstroke and butterfly, said the breaststroke is her favorite event.
“It makes me go fast,” the 8-year-old said.
McPherson and four Paddlers swimmers — Kori Nesbit, Ben Klee, Jordan James and Alec De Yong — competed in the SWISA meet for the final time on Sunday.
SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS SWIM ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 17 at Summers-Port Pool
Team results – 1. Summers-Port Sharks 1,049.5; 2. Paddlers 1,856.5; 3. Water Works Marlins 1,487.5; 4. Splash City Gators 1,401.5; 5. Sunset Hills Stingrays 918
Individual results (First-place finishers only)
Boys 13-14 200-yard freestyle – Jake Roth, Summers-Port, 2:04.22; Girls 13-14 200-yard freestyle – Phoebe Gremaud, Water Works, 2:08.03; Boys 15-18 200-yard freestyle – Cole Akal, Summers-Port, 1:56.25; Girls 15-18 200-yard freestyle – Bailey Grinter, Water Works, 2:03.15; Boys 9-10 100-yard freestyle – Cohen Osborn, Water Works, 1:02.94; Girls 9-10 100-yard freestyle – Eleanor Schuler, Summers-Port, 1:11.19; Boys 11-12 100-yard freestyle – Cooper Scharff, Water Works, 59.78; Girls 11-12 100-yard freestyle – Anna Moehn, Summers-Port, 58.27; Boys 13-14 100-yard freestyle – Jake Roth, Summers-Port, 56.21; Girls 13-14 100-yard freestyle – Phoebe Gremaud, Water Works, 59.46; Boys 15-18 100-yard freestyle – Matthew Daniel, Summer-Port, 47.76; Girls 15-18 100-yard freestyle – Bailey Grinter, Water Works, 57.33; Boys 7-8 100-yard medley relay – Summers-Port, 1:22.15; Girls 7-8 100-yard medley relay – Sunset Hills 1:28.76; Boys 9-10 200-yard medley relay – Water Works 2:40.00; Girls 9-10 200-yard medley relay – Water Works 2:44.66; Boys 11-12 200-yard medley relay – Sunset Hills 2:19.00; Girls 11-12 200-yard medley relay – Summers-Port 2:10.24; Boys 13-14 200-yard medley relay – Summers-Port 1:57.19; Girls 13-14 200-yard medley relay – Water Works 2:10.19; Boys 15-18 200-yard medley relay – Summers-Port 1:43.88; Girls 15-18 200-yard medley relay – Water Works 2:01.38; Boys 7-8 25-yard freestyle – Evan Brewer, Paddlers, 14.66; Girls 7-8 25-yard freestyle – Reilly Curry, Paddlers, 17.52; Boys 9-10 50-yard freestyle -- Cohen Osborn, Water Works, 29.28; Girls 9-10 50-yard freestyle – Kylee Strong-Chasteen, Splash City, 34.34; Boys 11-12 50-yard freestyle – Carter Knoyle, Sunset Hills, 30.54; Girls 11-12 50-yard freestyle – Autumn Grinter, Water Works, 27.60; Boys 13-14 50-yard freestyle – Noah Clancy, Summers-Port, 23.88; Girls 13-14 50-yard freestyle – Allison Naylor, Water Works, 27.25; Boys 15-18 50-yard freestyle – Caden Akal, Summers-Port, 22.68; Girls 15-18 50-yard freestyle – Bailey Grinter, Water Works, 24.83; Boys 7-8 50-yard freestyle – Evan Brewer, Paddlers, 33.15; Girls 7-8 50-yard freestyle – Lillian Schuler, Summers-Port, 37.81; Boys 9-10 100-yard intermediate medley – Alexander Weaver, Paddlers, 1:25.55; Girls 9-10 100-yard intermediate medley – Eleanor Schuler, Summers-Port, 1:21.44; Boys 11-12 100-yard intermediate medley – Cooper Scharff, Water Works, 1:07.92; Girls 11-12 100-yard intermediate medley – Anna Moehn, Summers-Port, 1:08.10; Boys 13-14 100-yard intermediate medley – Noah Clancy, Summers-Port, 56.80; Girls 13-14 100-yard intermediate medley – Allison Naylor, Water Works, 1:09.88; Boys 15-18 100-yard intermediate medley – Matthew Daniel, Summers-Port, 57.25; Girls 15-18 100-yard intermediate medley – Elizabeth McPherson, Water Works, 1:05.56; Boys 7-8 25-yard breaststroke – Jack Rea, Summers-Port, 23.47; Girls 7-8 25-yard breaststroke – Hayden Etcheson, Sunset Hills, 24.47; Boys 9-10 50-yard breaststroke – Victor Humphrey, Summers-Port, 43.71; Girls 9-10 50-yard breaststroke – Karis Chen, Water Works, 48.07; Boys 11-12 50-yard breaststroke – Thomas Hyten, Sunset Hills, 39.14; Girls 11-12 50-yard breaststroke – Riley Clancy, Summers-Port, 38.28; Boys 13-14 100-yard breaststroke – Noah Cain, Paddlers, 1:10.86; Girls 13-14 100-yard breaststroke – Olivia Ramirez, Water Works, 1:18.52; Boys 15-18 100-yard breaststroke – Alex Langenstein, Splash City, 1:01.57; Girls 15-18 100-yard breaststroke – Kaitlyn Koenig, Splash City, 1:19.01; Boys 7-8 25-yard backstroke – Stephen Stobbs, Summers-Port, 20.03; Girls 7-8 25-yard backstroke – Lillian Schuler, Summers-Port, 20.44; Boys 9-10 50-yard backstroke – Cohen Osborn, Water Works, 33.89; Girls 9-10 50-yard backstroke – Emily Moody, Water Works, 42.91; Boys 11-12 50-yard backstroke – Cooper Scharff, Water Works, 31.56; Girls 11-12 50-yard backstroke – Anna Moehn, Summers-Port 30.02; Boys 13-14 100-yard backstroke – Noah Clancy, Summers-Port, 55.10; Girls 13-14 100-yard backstroke – Phoebe Gremaud, Water Works, 1:04.10; Boys 15-18 100-yard backstroke – Caden Akal, Summers-Port, 59.94; Girls 15-18 100-yard backstroke – Elizabeth McPherson, Water Works, 1:03.97; Boys 7-8 25-yard butterfly – Stephen Stobbs, Summers-Port 16.91; Girls 7-8 25-yard butterfly – Lillian Schuler, Summers-Port, 18.72; Boys 9-10 50-yard butterfly – Alexander Weaver, Paddlers, 36.01; Girls 9-10 50-yard butterfly – Eleanor Schuler, Summers-Port, 33.37; Boys 11-12 50-yard butterfly – Thomas Hyten, Sunset Hills, 32.90; Girls 11-12 50-yard butterfly – Autumn Grinter, Water Works, 30.71; Boys 13-14 50-yard butterfly – Logan Mills, Water Works, 27.26; Girls 13-14 50-yard butterfly – Allison Naylor, Water Works, 30.44; Boys 15-18 50-yard butterfly – Matthew Daniel, Summers-Port, 24.07; Girls 15-18 50-yard butterfly – Elizabeth McPherson, Water Works, 28.54; Boys 7-8 100-yard freestyle relay – Summers-Port 1:12.25; Girls 7-8 100-yard freestyle relay – Sunset Hills 1:17.32; Boys 9-10 200-yard freestyle relay – Summers-Port 2:23.15; Girls 9-10 200-yard freestyle relay – Water Works 2:29.22; Boys 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay – Sunset Hills 2:09.14; Girls 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay – 1:55.06; Boys 13-14 200-yard freestyle relay – Summers-Port 1:44.04; Girls 13-14 200-yard freestyle relay – Summers-Port 1:54.85; Boys 15-18 200-yard freestyle relay – Splash City 1:36.66; Girls 15-18 200-yard freestyle relay – Water Works 1:49.06.