Flathead, Glacier finish swim season at Great Falls

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GREAT FALLS — Major Robinson, head coach for the Flathead and Glacier swim programs, is looking for his qualifiers to complete the 2017-18 season this weekend at the Great Falls High School pool with season best efforts at the state meet.

“I really would like to see everyone go out there and compete like the way they have been practicing all year ... attacking it,” he said.

“Have them put together some good times. If they do that, they will score well. Hopefully it will get us to where we want to be in the end.”

Swimming begins Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m.

The preliminaries are held in all events the first day. The top 12 times advance swimmers and relay teams to the consolation finals and finals on Day 2.

Missoula Hellgate is again favored to claim the boys and girls Class AA titles.

If everything would go as planned, or better, Robinson would like to see the Glacier girls “challenge for a podium spot. Should be close to the top three if a couple girls sneak into the finals and the relays step up.”

He said having the Flathead girls crack the top 10 in the final standings would be a super showing.

For the boys, Flathead could battle for a fourth-fifth spot with Glacier in the top 10.

“Hellgate is a very, very deep team,” he said.

“They will have one or two finalists in every event.”

In addition to Jamie Bouda, 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, for Flathead and A.J. Popp, 100 and 200 freestyle, for Glacier, both who will challenge for individuals titles, Caroline Dye of Glacier in the 100 and 200 freestyle, Bailey Rhodes of Glacier in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Jace Reed of Flathead in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, should make the finals.

“Our relays look pretty good,” Robinson said.

“I don’t know if we can beat Hellgate, but we can get second in a couple relays and push Hellgate a little bit.”

Bozeman’s boys and girls finished second to Hellgate last year in the state standings.

The Whitefish girls and Billings Central boys, took the Class A titles a year ago.

Flathead/Glacier State Swim Lineup

Boys

200 medley relay

Flathead (Gustavo Desouza, Jamie Bouda, Jace Reed, Makena Tanko)

Glacier (Alex Bertrand, Caleb Winkler, Riker Foster, Keegan Makenstadt)

200 freestyle

Flathead — Gustavo Desouza

Glacier — Caleb Winkler, Gabe Fee, Travis Wirtala

200 individual medlay

Glacier — Alex Bertrand

50 freestyle

Flathead — Jamie Bouda, Makena Tanko, Ethan Brosten, Connor Wride

Glacier — Riker Foster, Keegan Mackenstadt, Stephen Jerman

100 butterfly

Flathead — Jace Reed

100 freestyle

Flathead — Ethan Brosten, Connor Wride

Glacier — Keegan Mackenstadt, Riker Foster, Stephen Jerman

500 freestyle

Glacier — Luke Ritzdorf, Gabe Fee

200 freestyle relay

Flathead (Jamie Bouda, Gustavo Desouza, Makena Tanko, Ethan Brosten)

Glacier (Alex Bertrand, Keegan Mackenstadt, Riker Foster, Caleb Winkler)

100 backstroke

Flathead — Jace Reed

Glacier — Alex Bertrand

100 breaststroke

Flathead — Jamie Bouda

Glacier — Caleb Winkler, Luke Ritzdorf, Travis Wirtala

400 freestyle relay

Flathead (Jace Reed, Gustavo Desouza, Makena Tanko, Ethan Brosten)

Glacier (Gabe Fee, Stephen Jerman, Luke Ritzdorf, Travis Wirtala)

Girls

200 medley relay

Flathead (Emily Cephers, Shayenn Thompson, Jade Barr, Hailey Fennell)

Glacier (Mary Burnham, Lauren Harmon, Abigail Chipley, Capree Daniels)

200 freestyle

Flathead — Hailey Fennell

Glacier — A.J. Popp, Caroline Dye, Mary Burnham, Megan Andersen

200 individual medley

Flathead — Kaylee Kurkowski, Barret Fox

Glacier — Audrey Despain

50 freestyle

Flathead — Shayenn Thompson, Emily Cephers, Jessica Barnhart, Melinda Dardis

Glacier — Bailey Rhodes, Lauren Harmon, Capree Daniels

100 butterfly

Flathead — Emily Cephers, Jade Berry, Barret Fox

Glacier — Bailey Rhodes, Abigail Chipley

100 freestyle

Flathead — Jessica Barnhart, Jenna Skonord, Melinda Dardis, Jenna Myers

Glacier — AJ Popp, Caroline Dye, Capree Daniels

500 freestyle

Flathead — Kaylee Kurkowski

Glacier — Mary Burnham, Megan Andersen, Audrey Despain

200 freestyle relay

Flathead (Shayenn Thompson, Emily Cephers, Jade Berry, Hailey Fennell)

Glacier (A.J. Popp, Caroline Dye, Bailey Rhodes, Lauren Harmon)

100 backstroke

Flathead — Jade Berry, Jenna Myers

Glacier — Abigail Chipley

100 breaststroke

Flathead — Shayenn Thompson, Jenna Skonord, Hailey Fennell

Glacier — Lauren Harmon

400 freestyle relay

Flathead (Kaylee Kurkowski, Barret Fox, Jessica Barnhart, Melinda Dardis)

Glacier (AJ Popp, Caroline Dye, Bailey Rhodes, Mary Burnham)

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