Panthers 3rd at Western Big Six Championships

The Boys UTHS Panther swim team battled all day for the second spot at the Western Big Six Championships, but ended up on the short end by only 10 points in finished third at the Conference Championship Swim Meet.  Moline won the meet with 309 points, followed by Galesburg with 269, UTHS with 259, and Rock Island with 201.  Leading the way for the Panthers with runner-up finishes were:  Evan Juarez (200 IM-2;12.85), Ian Johnson (50 Free-22.34, 100 Free-50.10), Diego Hernandez (500 Free-5:10.52), Jacob Johnson (100 Back-57.83), 200 Medley Relay (Jacob Johnson, Juarez, Ian Johnson, Derek Mottet-1:46.05), and the 200 Free Relay (Ian Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Mottet, Hernandez-1:32.42).  Other top three finishes were the 400 Free Relay (Juarez, Jacob Sommer, Jakob Lybarger, Hernandez-3:36.13).  “We swam a real good meet.  Hernandez was really really good.  It was good to see that as he has been dropping every meet to get down to what he did last year, and he surpassed that in the 500 today.  Ian Johnson was also very consistent today and had some good close races.  Juarez moved up in the IM which helped us and our three relays were very good.  Diving hurt us a little as Sierra got beat and our second diver was out sick so we lost 12 points there.  We had a chance to get it back in the 200 Free Relay leading the favorite Galesburg going into our last person but just got beat by .15.  It was a real good race though.  Now we just are going to rest up and get ready for Sectionals at our pool”

The JV team swam a real solid meet and came away winning the Western Big Six JV Invite with 326 points.  Moline was a distant second with 283 points, followed by Galesburg with 268 and Rock Island with 145.  Winners for the Panthers were:  Daniel Lopez (100 Fly-1:05.73), Jakob Lybarger (500 Free-5:48.68), and the 200 Free Relay (Ethan Filby, Alex Carr, Lybarger, Jacob Sommer (1:42.89).  Other top three finishes were:  Lybarger (200 Free-2nd-2:05,18), Jacob Finley (200 IM-2nd-2:31.81, 100 Breast-3rd-1:16.75), Ethan Filby (50 Free-3rd-26.88), Cole Stevens (100 Fly-3rd-1:05.73), Ryan Hannah (500 Free-3rd-6:17.66), Aaron Flemming (100 Breast-2nd-1:15.19), Tanner Earl (Diving-3rd-98.70), 200 Medley Relay (Lopez, Max Finley, Stevens, Carr-2nd-1:59.78), and the 400 Free Relay (Hannah, Tyler Williams, Stevens, Max Finley-2nd-4:10.26).  “It was a good way for our young kids to finish the season.  They have worked real hard all year and did not lose a dual meet so they wanted to win this one.  We still need to work on swimming away from home as we were a little off today after having two great swim meets at home the last couple of weeks.  Jakob Lybarger, Alex Carr, Tyler Williams, Christian Tygart, Tajaun Stacy, Aaron Flemming, Alex Verschoore, and Christian Kincaid were really good today.”

Next Meet Saturday-February 18, 2017  IHSA Sectional Swim Meet @ UTHS

Diving – 9:00 am, Swimming – 1:00 pm