The largest contingent of South Metro Storm individual swimmers in the team’s history is poised to compete at the Minnesota State Long Course Championship swim meet July 31-Aug. 3. Twenty-two individuals have achieved championship level times, qualifying them to compete in the four-day event at the Rochester Aquatic Center.
Individuals scheduled to swim for the Storm include: boys ages 17-18, Kyle Ochsner; girls 17-18, Wendy Consoer, Katie Young; boys 15-16, Jake Swanson; girls 15-16, Victoria Honetschlager, Elizabeth Kleiner, Melissa McMahon; boys 13-14, J.T. Thweatt; girls 13-14, Julia Bodnaruk, Carrie Schrock, Kate Wright; boys 11-12, Nathan Regan; girls 11-12, Alena Bodnaruk, Taylor Dessler; boys 9-10, Jack Dessler, John Honetschlager; girls 9-10, Brianna Alexander, Alicia Young.
In addition, the Storm will be represented with 23 relays at the various age groups.
Forty-eight South Metro Storm swimmers ended their regular-season competition in hopes of one last chance to qualify for the meet.
“I’m simply amazed at how the kids swam,” head coach Phil Smith said. “We saw 12 team records fall and 13 more individual events swam by the kids, which qualifies them for Rochester. I could not have scripted a better weekend by the team.”
Those swimmers turning in championship times and qualifying for the state meet include: boys 13-14, J.T. Thweatt, 50-meter freestyle; girls 13-14, Julia Bodnaruk, 400 free; boys 11-12, Nathan Regan 50 and 200 free; girls 11-12, Alena Bodnaruk 50, 100 and 200 free; Taylor Dessler 50 breaststroke; boys 9-10, Jack Dessler 100 free; girls 9-10, Alicia Young 50 free; girls 8-under, Rachel Gruber 50 butterfly and Brittany Alexander 50 and 100 free.
Storm swimmers setting new team records include: Kyle Ochsner in the 200 breaststroke, Brian Ochsner 800 free and 200 breaststroke, Erin Kleiner 400 individual medley, Thweatt 400 free, Regan 200 and 400 free, Dessler 200 I.M., Marshall Heskin 100 fly, Honetschlager 50 fly and 100 breaststroke, Kenny O’Neil 50 breaststroke.
For more information on the South Metro Storm swim club, contact them at email@example.com or view the Storm on the Web at www.mnstorm.org.