Monday, June 25, 2018
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Several Gothenburg swimmers hold top spots

LEXINGTON—Several members of the Gothenburg Swim Team earned first-place finishes during the last regular-season meet at Lexington on Saturday.

Gracie Stienike and Keely Lecher led the team winning three individual events each.

Madeline Jorgenson, Anne Burkholder and Lisa Jorgenson earned two wins apiece while Ashley Lecher, Kyndyll Alvarez, Brody Stienike, Ashely Burkholder, Wyatt Anderson and Roman Schmidt each had one first-place finish.

Gothenburg took second as a team with 412 points behind Lexington with 456.

Other teams competing were Cambridge, Elm Creek, Elwood and Southern Valley.

Many members of the Gothenburg team are also leading the Plains tSunami Swim League’s Top 20 standings for the season.

Coach Ryan O’Hare, who competes in both the 19 & older and 30 & older divisions, is at the top of the standings in five events including the 50 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 25 breaststroke, 25 short free and 50 individual medley.

Fellow coach Anne Burkholder leads the 30 & older women’s 100 long free and the 19 & older 50 backstroke.

Gracie Stienike, who competes in the 9 & 10 girls division, is at the top of the league standings in both the 50 freestyle and 25 backstroke.

Other individuals holding the top spots are Keely Lecher in the 13 & 14 girls 100 freestyle, Roman Schmidt in the 13 & 14 boys 50 backstroke and Madeline Jorgenson in the 8 & under girls 50 individual medley.

The girls 8 & under medley and free relays are No. 1 in the league as are the 10 & under medley and free relays.

Gothenburg will compete again July 9 in the qualifying meet. Top finishers earn the right to compete in the league championship at Lexington on July 16.