From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — Sixteen swimmers from The Breakers, northern Michigan’s elite swim team, are competing this weekend in the Junior Olympics in East Grand Rapids.
Competition begins today and concludes Sunday.
In addition, three swimmers, along with two relay teams, qualified for the 12-under state meet next weekend at Oakland University while four swimmers qualified for the 13-over state meet in Zeeland.
The Breakers have had strong performances in the last two weeks.
At the Michigan Open in mid-February, Natalie Wagner had a new Junior Olympic cut in the 200 IM, Shad Soldano had a new state cut and a six-second drop in the 200 backstroke, and Julia Brunner posted qualifying times for the state finals in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Brunner’s performance landed her in eighth place overall in the 100 butterfly with a personal best time of 58.66, as well as an eighth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.40. That set a new team record and earned a senior sectional cut.
The 12-under group earned multiple best times, including a new state cut for Leah Timmer in the 200 freestyle.
At the district meet last weekend in Battle Creek, 14 swimmers competed in their last meet of the regular season and ended up with a total of eight new Junior Olympic cuts The list included: Noemie Berube (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Grey Carlson (100 IM, 100 freestyle), Erin Hagerty (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Mally Ulatowski (50 breaststroke) and Wren Wodek (200 freestyle).
Other notable swims: Ella Provins dropped over five seconds in the 50 freestyle, Camryn Crosby dropped over four seconds in the 50 backstroke and over five seconds in the 100 freestyle, and Athena Gillespie dropped six seconds in the 200 breaststroke.
The Breakers is a non-profit, parent-run organization. The program is open to all youth, ages 5-18, who have a desire to learn the fundamentals of competitive swimming.
For more information visit www.tcbreakers.com or call Jason at 503-703-1481.