The Milbank Area Lions Swim Team dove into their summer season at the Watertown Invitational on Saturday, June 2. Eighteen new MALST records were set, 21 swimmers brought home first-place finishes, and nine swimmers qualified for a state event.
Elijah Fraasch broke Alex Defea’s 2007 records in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly. Isabella Pauli broke a 2014 record held by Rylie Overby in the 100-meter backstroke. Rylie Overby broke a 2011 record, held by Hannah Tietjen in the 50-meter breaststroke, and a 2016 record held by Amaya Street in the 100-meter breaststroke. Liam Street, Carter Gloe, Jacy Dexter, Maurina Street, and Amaya Street also broke their own records in several events.
Elijah Fraasch, Amaya Street, Savanna Osowski, William Karels, Rylie Overby, Maurina Street, Carter Gloe, Liam Street, and Isabella Pauli posted times to qualify them for state events. JadaLeigh Wellnitz snipped the most time from her record, when she cut 20.65 seconds off her time in the 50-meter freestyle.
Swimmers of the Meet were Hunter Reede, Logan Dexter, and Savanna Osowski.
Hunter had significant time cuts in 3 of his events and swam a new event, completing an individual medley for the first time. “Hunter has really worked hard learning all 4 strokes legally and this will allow him more opportunities to swim a variety of events at meets,” stated coach Jodi Street.
Logan Dexter dropped time in all 4 events he swam, cutting 19 seconds off the 100 freestyle and placed well in each event.
Savanna Osowski cut in all 4 of her events and swam a state time in the 100 breaststroke and captured two first place finishes.
The Sealions compete at the Brookings High Point Meet from June 8-10.
Pictured: Reede, Dexter and Osowski