Short-handed swim team takes second in Chester

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  • Tristan Crane and the Columbia Falls Swim Team will be in action at divisional this weekend in Cut Bank. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Norah Bagley swims the butterfly at a recent meet. Bagley and the Columbia Falls swim team took second in Chester over the weekend despite only having 32 swimmers in action. (Jeremy Weber photo)

  • Tristan Crane and the Columbia Falls Swim Team will be in action at divisional this weekend in Cut Bank. (Jeremy Weber photo)

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    Norah Bagley swims the butterfly at a recent meet. Bagley and the Columbia Falls swim team took second in Chester over the weekend despite only having 32 swimmers in action. (Jeremy Weber photo)

The Columbia Falls Swim Team had a strong showing in Chester over the weekend, taking second with only 32 of its 65 swimmers in action.

Alanis Petersen and Catherine Opalka once again led the way, accounting for all six of the team’s individual first place finishes.

Swimming in the girls 8 and Under division, Opalka was a winner in the 100 individual medley, 25 breaststroke and 25 backstroke while Petersen won the 100 individual medley, 100 freestyle, and 50 butterfly in the girls age 9-10 division.

Opalka was also on the 100 freestyle and 100 medley relay team, which also won first, along with Brielle Bates, Payson Scribner and Annika Petersen.

Avery Role picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the girls 11-12 division while Liam Swank, Campbell Fox, Tegan Bates, Camille Cronk and Adam Schrader also finished in the top three in various individual events.

Columbia Falls finished in the top three in 19 events, including winning three relay races. Overall, the team won first in nine events, picked up four second place finishes and came in third six times.

The team will be in action again this weekend as they swim at the divisional meet in Cut Bank Saturday and Sunday.

Chester Meet

Top-Three Finishes

Girls 8U

100 Freestyle Relay

1st – Catherine Opalka, Brielle Bates, Payson Scribner, Annika Petersen

100 Medley Relay

1st - Catherine Opalka, Brielle Bates, Payson Scribner, Annika Petersen

100 Individual Medley

1st – Catherine Opalka

25 Breaststroke

1st – Catherine Opalka

25 Backstroke

1st – Catherine Opalka

Boys 8U

100 Individual Medley

3rd – Liam Swank

Girls 9-10

100 Individual Medley

1st- Alanis Petersen

100 Freestyle

1st – Alanis Petersen

50 Butterfly

1st – Alanis Petersen

Boys 9-10

100 Freestyle Relay

3rd – Teagan Bates, Aiden Swank, Liam Swank, Bryant Jollymore

50 Backstroke

3rd – Teagan Bates

Girls 11-12

200 Freestyle Relay

2nd – Campbell Fox, Taryn Borgen, Jolie Friar, Avery Role

200 Medley Relay

1st - Campbell Fox, Taryn Borgen, Jolie Friar, Avery Role

50 Freestyle

2nd – Avery Role

50 Breaststroke

2nd – Avery Role

100 Freestyle

2nd – Campbell Fox

50 Backstroke

3rd – Camille Cronk

Boys 13-14

200 Freestyle

3rd – Adam Schrader

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