Billings Skyview’s boys continued their dominant season in the pool on Saturday, while the Billings Senior girls took a big step forward themselves.
The Falcon boys and Bronc girls cruised to the team titles in the Billings Public Schools swim meet at Rocky Mountain College, a meet that marks the beginning of the stretch run toward next month’s state meet.
Skyview’s boys won six of the eight individual races and ran away with the boys team title with 123 points. West edged Senior 59-57 for second.
“They’re just a solid, deep team and they continue to push each other to get better,” District 2 swim coach Matt Santala said of the Skyview boys. “Senior and West had some really good performances on the boys side today, but it’s just tough to match up with Skyview right now.”
Skyview’s Chandler Crowe won the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. The Falcons also got wins from Mikale Lynch in the 50 freestyle, Magnus Johnson in the 100 backstroke, Paul Allen in the 100 breaststroke and Chris Luterbach in the 100 freestyle.
Senior’s Nathan Frieders won the 200 freestyle and West’s Conrad Smith won the 500 freestyle.
Santala singled out a handful of boys for having solid performances in the meet.
“Nathan Frieders had a great race in the 200 free, and Kellen Wartnow of Senior dropped 13 seconds off his personal best in the 200 free,” he said. “And of course the Skyview boys … Magnus and Chris both swam very well, and Chandler was solid in both of his events.”
Senior’s girls cruised to the team title with 106 points, while Skyview edged West 66-64 for second.
Alexys Lyle was a double winner for the Senior girls, taking the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
The Broncs also got wins from Abby Martinsen in the 200 freestyle and Alyssa Boese in the 500 freestyle.
“Great day for the Senior girls,” said Santala. “We’ve kind of been waiting for one of our girls teams to break away from the pack, and Senior did that today. We had some girls missing today with some illness, so that made us juggle a few events and some relays, but Senior overcame that and had a big day. Alexys Lyle and Alyssa Boese both had outstanding efforts to lead the way.”
Skyview’s Linnaya Luoma was also a double winner, taking the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
West’s girls got a win from Hope Watts in the 100 butterfly.
Santala was pleased with the overall effort of the swimmers.
“It was a good meet. The kids really look forward to this meet because it gives them a chance to swim against the kids that they practice against every day,” he said. “And for us, it was nice to not have to travel in this weather.
“We’re back in full swing now after the Christmas break. We’ve got Helena next weekend and then Great Falls the weekend after that, and then it’s on to state. The kids are working hard and they’re right on schedule to be swimming their best at state.”