Swim teams compete at Kalispell Invitational

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  • Russell Albin 100 fly

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    Columbia Falls swimmer Kailey Schrader competes in the 50 yard freestyle at the Kalispell Invitational Saturday. Schrader finished 12th in the event. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Nathalia Heredia50 freestyle

  • Russell Albin 100 fly

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    Columbia Falls swimmer Kailey Schrader competes in the 50 yard freestyle at the Kalispell Invitational Saturday. Schrader finished 12th in the event. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Nathalia Heredia50 freestyle

The Columbia Falls swim team opened the season at the Summit in Kalispell over the weekend as the girls earned eighth place at the Kalispell Swim Invitational while the boys were ninth.

“I thought this first meet went really well. We were very happy with how we swam. I believe we had about 16 best times from our swimmers at the meet, that’s a pretty good place to begin the season,” head coach Emily von Jentzen said. “We saw a few areas where we will need to put a little extra focus in practice, like turns and some technical aspects for our newer swimmers.”

Emerald Templin was the top finisher for either squad at the meet as she earned fifth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:22.87. Russell Albin led the boys with a sixth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.19 seconds.

The girls also were sixth in the 200-yard freestyle relay as they finished with a time of 2:06.28.

Coach von Jentzen said she was happy with the team’s performance, in part because they did well with a short amount a practice time.

“There is only so much that you can get done in 10 days of practice,” she said. “The most important thing is that the kids are coachable, and we have a good group of kids that are willing to take direction. They all have a desire to improve, and that’s great.”

The girls compiled 99 points to finish eighth as Missoula Sentinel won the meet with 459 points. The boys finished ninth with 59 points, 374.5 points behind the top team, Great Falls.

The Cats will be back in action Dec. 16 as they swim at the Great Falls Invitational.

Kalispell Invitational results:

Girls 200 yard medley relay

9th - Columbia Falls 2:26.22

Boys 200 yard medley relay

Columbia Falls - DQ

Girls 200 yard freestyle

13th - Jayna Moultray 2:46.97

Boys 200 yard freestyle

Atticus Robinson - DQ

Girls 200 yard IM

13th Emerald Templin 2:44.29

Girls 50 yard freestyle

12th Kailey Schrader 29.87

14th Hannah Calender 30.15

51st Nathalia Heredia 47.04

Boys 50 yard freestyle

6th Albin Russell 25.19

Braxton Shewalter 29.81

Boys 100 yard butterfly

8th Albin Russell 1:05.42

Boys 100 yard freestyle

9th Sam Pierce 57.38

15h Peyton Malmberg 1:00.81

25th Braxton Shewalter 1:07.93

34th Atticus Robinson 1:30.37

Girls 500 yard freestyle

10th Shai Moultray 7:40.72

Girls 200 yard freestyle relay

6th - Columbia Falls 2:06.28

Boys 200 yard freestyle relay

9th - Columbia Falls 2:01.44

Girls 100 yard backstroke

16th Hannah Callender 1:19.68

23rd Jayna Moultray 1:29.48

32nd Katie Triplett 2:08.56

Nathalia Heredia - DQ

Makayla Cummings - DQ

Girls 100 yard breaststroke

12th Kailey Schrader 1:28.71

25th Shai Moultray 1:42.28

Makayla Cummings - DQ

Katie Triplett - DQ

Boys 100 yard breaststroke

12th Sam Pierce 1:16.76

16th Peyton Malmberg 1:20.52

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