Girls Swimming: Neuqua Valley tops Waubonsie Valley in dual meetNeuqua Valley's Mackenzie Hornstra competes in the 200 yard IM at Waubonsie Valley on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 11, 2012 10:26PM
The local high school swimmers are working so hard in practice at this time of the season that a competitive varsity meet seems almost like a break.
Neuqua Valley coach Brandon King put most of his swimmers into off events on Thursday just to keep things light, and while their times weren’t the best, the Wildcats and the host Warriors did turn in some exciting races.
Neuqua senior Grace Soltys, who is normally a sprinter, moved seamlessly into the longer freestyle races, winning both the 200 and 500 free to help the Wildcats to a 121-62 win over Waubonsie Valley.
The Wildcats also won all three relays as Soltys joined Sydney Gathe, Riley Schroedter and Gia Dalesandro on the 400 relay team that won by more than ten seconds.
“Grace had the best day of anyone on our team,” said King. “Her times were decent. Everyone else was a little off.”
“I just went in with a positive attitude and tried to give it my all,” said Soltys. “I wasn’t thinking about the win but I’m happy with the result and my time. Our team is looking good coming to the end of the season. And some of our younger people like Mackenzie Hornstra are really stepping up.”
There were two others in the meet who put up victories in two individual events and they were both from Waubonsie Valley.
Alexa Steffl won both the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke, and Madeline Hunt won both the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
“I’m swimming faster than I was last year at this time,” said Steffl. “Today I raced well and I’m hoping to keep progressing toward the end of the season.”
“Our kids really did a great job considering how exhausted they are,” said Waubonsie Valley coach Katie Peterson. “Steffl and Hunt both put up reasonably good times.”
Peterson also praised Molly Devine who finished second in the 100 butterfly and Melina Moussetis who was second in the 100 breaststroke.
Neuqua Valley’s Hornstra won the 200 IM, Gia Dalesandro finished first in the 100 freestyle and Michelle Roth won the diving competition.
“Our girls did what they needed to do to win this meet,” said King. “Our relay times weren’t there, but we did a good job of racing.”