Madras Swim Team beats several team records
Madras swimmers had plenty to be proud of at last weekend's meet in McMinnville.
Although Madras High's boys and girls swim teams were unable to swim last weekend in The Dalles due to the meet getting canceled, their youth counterparts were busy breaking records in McMinnville.
In a couple instances, new records set didn't stand for long.
Kami Ackley, 10, cut two seconds off of her 50 freestyle record, posting 31.15 seconds, and tying teammate Lexi Williams' record. The very next heat, Williams, 10, clocked a time of 29.60.
"Anytime a 10-year-old posts a sub-30 second, 50 freestyle (time), it is something special," coach Tim Nelson said.
Sophie Nelson, 10, followed up by breaking her own 100 butterfly record by 11 seconds, posting a time of 1:34.86.
Not to be outdone by her teammates, Alexis Tujo, 10, improved to 45.94 in the 50 breaststroke, beating her previous best by a second. She also knocked off Nelson's record in the 100 butterfly and held it for one heat.
Ackley, Williams, Nelson and Tujo teamed up for the 200 freestyle relay and posted an official state qualifying time of 2:16.78.
Other teammates making the trip included: Ava Williams, 7, swimming backstroke and free; Mylaena Norton, 8, who improved her own record in the 25 breaststroke; Kaitlyn McMorrow, 11, who has had a busy few weeks, including training with world-renowned Tucson Ford Aquatics in Arizona last month; Ellie Williams, 12, who posted personal bests in several events; Ethan Graeme, 12, who swam a solid 100 individual medley; and Emma Shierk, who recently moved up to the 13-14 age group this week, held her own in the 50 and 200 freestyles.
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