Ste. Genevieve’s Taylor Peterson raced in a backstroke event during Saturday’s meet at Scott City. (Photos courtesy of Nichole Weibrecht, Renee Shoulders, Lisa Lipp, Katelyn Gidden and Ashley Crump)

Saturday’s conditions weren’t the best for swimming, but Ste. Genevieve and its five opponents braved unfavorable conditions early before things improved.

Three swimmers won an individual event, several scored numerous points in the relays, and the Stingrays took third place out of six teams at Scott City with 420.5 points.

“This was a long meet,” said Ste. Genevieve coach Erin Brown. “The day started off windy. In fact, we had a tent and a few chairs fly in the water before the races started. The water was much colder than usual, and the kids were feeling the chill. They toughed through warmups like the true champs they are.  As the day went on, it was cloudy but did warm up a bit. In fact a lot of us went home with sunburns. We had a few drizzles here and there but no thunder, so we were able to finish all of the events.”

First-place finishers include Jayci Beckerman (13-14 division) in the 100-meter butterfly, Riley Brown (13-14) in the 50m freestyle and Addison Weibrecht (9-10) in the 50m freestyle.

Elizabeth Sulser, a first-year swimmer, won three out of her five events, and she was a heat winner in three of her events.

“This young swimmer has a bright swimming career ahead of her,” Erin Brown said. “She wore her first-place heat beads throughout the entire meet, only taking them off for races. We are unbelievably proud of her.”

The relay team of Jackson Gugel, William Shuffler, Dominic Mooney and Reese Evelsizer won the medley and freestyle relays in the boys 8-and-under division. The 9-10 girls relay team of Charlotte Mooney, Addison Weibrecht, Chloe Wehner and Madilyn Shuffler claimed first in the medley relay and second in the freestyle relay. In girls 11-12, Lydia Brown, Taylor Peterson, Cecelia Mooney and Brooklyn Weibrecht finished second in the medley and freestyle relays.

“The highlight of the day was watching our 11-12 girls relay become one lap behind, and our finisher Brooklyn Weibrecht catching the first-place team on the last lap only missing first place by less than two seconds,” Erin Brown said. “That was intense. I think everyone was on their feet watching and cheering. It was so close and so impressive.”

Complete story in the June 19 edition of the Herald.