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SWIMMING NOTEBOOK: Heights boys and girls place second in Waco

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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 1:49 pm, Fri Sep 5, 2014.

The Harker Height Knights and Lady Knights took to the pool this weekend and scared up a good outing in Waco. 

Both the Heights boys and girls finished second at the Midway Spooktacular on Saturday at the Waco YMCA.

“They did a really good job,” said Heights swim coach Kate Eikrem. “I was really proud of the girls. They got second by only 10 points and we only had eight girls. The boys did a really great job. They were a strong second with only half our team there.”

The Lady Knights accumulated 401 total team points and lost to host Midway by 10.5 points. The Knights came up with 312.5 team points, second only to Midway’s 721.5.

Seniors Danielle Nelson and Matthew Sluss once again came up big in the meet. The two combined for four first-place finishes and helped their respective relay teams to top-two finishes as well.

Nelson took the gold in both the girls 100- yard Individual Medley (2 minutes, 26.38 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:05.51) while helping the Lady Knights relay team finish first in the 200 free (1:53.30) and second in the 200 medley (2:07.30) relays.

The Lady Knights lost the 200 medley relay to Midway by 0.77 seconds.

Sluss was the top swimmer in the boys 200 free (1:48.58) and 100 butterfly (55.43) while helping the Knights relay team to a second-place finish in the 400 free (3:35.42). Geneva Pantoja won gold in the girls 50 free (28.32) and silver in the 100 backstroke (1:09.74). Pantoja was also a part of the Lady Knights’ 200 free and 200 medley relay teams.

Senior Jordan Marlow won the girls 100 free (1:03.68), 0.28 seconds ahead of Midway’s Hope Gibson.

“That was a really great swim and probably the biggest surprise of the night,” Eikrem said about Marlow.

Bradley leads Ellison

Maryssa Bradley came back from Waco with a pair of wins over the weekend to help the Lady Eagles finish fourth.

Bradley took the top prize in both the girls 200 free (2:12.35) and 100 backstroke (1:07.89).

Kaitlyn Haney and Danielle Johnson also had strong showings at the Spooktacular, with each ending with a top-five finish. Haney took fourth in the 100 free (1:05.95) while Johnson finished fifth in the 500 free (7:05.70).

Bradley, Haney and Johnson were all a part of the Lady Eagles’ relay team that finished fourth in the 400 free relay (4:37.19). Ellison was beaten for third place by Waxahachie by less than two seconds.

The Ellison boys finished in fifth place overall.

Sanders takes bronze

Bailey Sanders was the lone Lady Kangaroo to place over the weekend, finishing third in the girls 500 free (6:45.96),

Sanders and the Lady Roos finished fifth overall with 179 points while the Killeen boys team placed sixth with 89 points.

“We had a number of injuries and kids out sick so it was hard for them to keep up with the times we’ve been at, but most of the kids dropped their times and set new personal records,” said Killeen coach Valerie Nogle.

The team of Jack Menhall, Grant McCain, Dillon Ramsey and Joshua Sanchez helped the Killeen boys relay team to a fifth-place finish in the 200 medley (2:16.86).

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