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The Beatrice Co-op swimming and diving teams competed at the River Cities Conference Meet Saturday at Ralston.

The girls team finished runner-up to Omaha Duchesne while the boys team finished third behind Ralston/Gross and Omaha Skutt/Mount Michael.

The co-op team, which consists of swimmers and divers from Beatrice, Norris and Fairbury High Schools, had 50 personal best performances, two school records and six new state qualifying times.

“The team came to this year’s conference meet ready to race,” said BNF coach Marian Wallen. “It was a great way to end our regular season. This is the start of our championship season. This meet gets everybody pumped up and ready to race and be fast going into state. We had many great things happen at this meet.”

In the first event, diving, freshman Callum Olmer finished in third place with a state qualifying score. Senior Matthew Griffeth, finished in fourth and Hayden Stevens received sixth. Cameryn Wisnieski received fourth place in girl’s diving.

The girl’s 200 medley relay team of Maya Moran, Crystal Craft, Mikasa Lierman, and Mikwena Lierman finished in second place, setting a new school record and receiving an automatic state qualifying time, by dropping three seconds from their entry time.

The boy’s 200 medley relay team of,Ian Scheele, Michael Walsh, RJ Suey and Aiden Morrow finished in sixth place. Ellie Lenners finished in fifth place in the 200 freestyle. Crystal Craft received second place in the 200 Individual Medley and had a new secondary state qualifying time. Sophomore, Mikwena Lierman finished in first place in the 50 freestyle, Mikasa Lierman received third in the 50 freestyle and Laci Havlat finished in fourth.

Colton Starck finished in second place in the boy’s 50 freesyle. Mikwena Leirman also finished in second place in the 100 butterfly. Colton Starck also received third place in the 100 butterfly with a secondary state qualifying time. In the 100 freestyle, Mikasa Lierman finished in second place with a secondary state qualifying time. Maya Moran finished in third place and Laci Havlat in 4th place, both with secondary state qualifying times.

Jacob Mason received in fourth place in the boy’s 100 freestyle with a secondary state qualifying time. Colton Starck also had a secondary state qualifying time in the 100 freestyle. The girl’s 200 freestyle relay team of Crystal Craft, Lauren Havlat, Josi Mans and Laci Havlat earned third place and the boy’s 200 freestyle relay team of Colton Starck, Cameron Knepp, Michael Walsh and Jacob Mason received fourth place and had a secondary state qualifying time. Maya Moran received the third place medal for the 100 backstroke, setting a new school record and secondary state qualifying time.

Jacob Mason received in fourth place in the boy’s 100 freestyle with a secondary state qualifying time. Colton Starck also had a secondary state qualifying time in the 100 freestyle. The girl’s 200 freestyle relay team of Crystal Craft, Lauren Havlat, Josi Mans and Laci Havlat earned third place and the boy’s 200 freestyle relay team of, Colton Starck, Cameron Knepp, Michael Walsh and Jacob Mason received fourth place and a secondary state qualifying time. Maya Moran received the third place medal for the 100 backstroke, setting a new school record and had a secondary state qualifying time.

Achieving personal best performances on the day included Callum Olmer, Ellie Lenners, Jaidyn Vanschoiack, Linnea Edeal, Emily Mason, RJ Suey, Isaiah Jacobsen, Quinn Galvin, Crystal Craft, Michael Walsh, Ian Scheele, Cailey Biesecker, Mikasa Lierman, Mackenzie Riesen, Emily Mason, Haley York, Brianna Knothe, Maya Hutzler and Colton Starck.

Other personal best performances include Laci Havlat, Brittney Ruh, Grace Macklin, Noah Pomajzl, Noah Bratt. David Gray, Maya Moran, Josi Mans, Averi Kolb, Juan Sonenberg, Silas Jurgens, Matilda Saunders, Jacob Mason and Aiden Morrow.

“We are really happy of how we all did today,” Wallen said. “All the hard work we've been putting in practice and all the little things we've been working on at the end, are really starting to show and that's really exciting. We're confident we'll be in a good spot going into state.”

The team will be taking all three boys and girls relay teams to state. They Also have four divers who qualified as well as many individual swimmers. The state meet is Feb. 21, 22 and 23. Diving will be on Thursday with swimming on Friday and Saturday.

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