Middle school boys’ swim team places fourth of eight

The middle school boys’ swim team placed fourth out of eight teams at the final meet.

“We are the smallest swimming school in the state,” coach Barry Wergin said, “but because of the swim club our swimmers come in ready to swim.”

Ten boys participated this year, according to Wergin — Colter Krell, Malachi Villarreal, Jade Villarreal, Bowman Sandal, Gabe Platt, Jacob Platt, Calvin Erickson, Bradley Dunford, Ledger Ellis and Abram Hartmann.

According to Wergin, Malachi took first place in the 200-yard free and second place in the 50-yard fly. Krell placed first in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 100-yard IM. Dunford placed second in diving. Erickson placed seventh in the 50-yard free. In the 200-yard medley relay, Malachi, Sandal, Krell and Jade placed third. Gabe took top six in the 200-yard free. Hartmann beat a personal record in the 50-yard free. Ellis broke a personal record in the 100-yard free. Jacob was 12th in the 50 free. According to Wergin, only the top twelve finishers place in the event.

“It was a great season,” Wergin said. It was so nice to work with these boys who were up and running right away. For them to come from never ever to placing was great.”

Wergin said his main goal is to get the boys ready for the high school team.