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Messerly pulls off Hat Trick in Sidney

 

Pierre Bibbs

The Malta Swim Team went to the Sidney Swim Meet with five swimmers last weekend and all five made it to day two.

"I think everyone swam well," Malta Swim Team Head Coach Shay Garfield said. "Pretty much everyone cut time off at least one of their races, if not all of them."

One swimmer, Darrow Messerly, had a special day as he was able to win not one, not two, but all three events that he participated in on Sunday, winning the Men's Intermediate-division 200 IM with a time of 3:04.21, the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:25.52, and the 100 Backstroke with a time of 1:27.57. In addition to being the high point earner for his class, Darrow scored a team-high 42 points.

"Darrow comes to practice and he works hard every time he comes to practice," Coach Garfield said. "He wants to be successful in all of his races and it definitely shows when he is swimming."

Jahmaih Huffman-LaBrie took first in the Men 9-10 50 Backstroke with a time of 51.88. He also took second in the 50-Fly with a time of 54.43 and third in the 50 Breaststroke with a time of 59.37. He has a total of 36 points.

Jillian O'Brien had a total of 33 points, taking second place in the Women's Senior Class' 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:32.38, second in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:32.95, and fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 3:05.78.

"Jillian kicked butt," Coach Garfield said. "She took seven seconds off of her IM, which is really hard to do in that race."

Coach Garfield went on to mention that it was O'Brien's first time participating in the 100 Flystroke.

Erika Nagy took fourth in the Women's Senior-division 400 Freestyle with a time of 7:58.83.

"We had a strong showing from our older swimmers this week," Coach Garfield said.

The team was joined by Senior-division swimmer Reba Doucette, who made her first appearance of the season. Coach Garfield was encouraged by Doucette's first outing. Doucette was fourth in the Women's Senior-division 100 Freestyle with a time of 1:20.39.

"It was fun finally getting to watch her swim in a meet," Coach Garfield said. "She went out there and was competitive and she wanted to better her times each day."

The swim team will head to Scobey this weekend.

 

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