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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

Swim Team gears up for Post-Season


Yvonne Garfield

Malta Junior girl swimmer Kayla Judd swims at the Lewistown meet earlier in the season. Results and story on 2B.

The Malta Swim Team has only one more meet before Divisionals and for having so few swimmers in the pool, the team has done well and they have been improving weekly.

This was apparent at the swim meet in Scobey last Saturday and Sunday as most of the nine swimmer present saw their times drop during events.

Coach Donnie Lynn gave praise to Scobey for their new facility.

"They have a brand new pool, brand new facility that looks great," he said. "I think it was a fast pool, at least our swimmers swam fast. We had a good day on Saturday and made improvements on Sunday with faster ties than the day before."

The team was led by Shay Garfield, who took first in the Women 15-19 100 backstroke with a time of 1:31.41. She took second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:30.98 and third in the 100 free with a time of 1:18.73. In all, Shay brought Malta 36 points.

"She's probably one of our more consistent swimmers week in and week out," Coach Lynn said.

Her younger sister Carly wasn't far behind giving Malta 34 points in her three events. Carly placed second in both the 11-12 Women 50 Back (45.55) and 200 IM (3:40.82). The IM was a new event for her. The younger Garfield also took third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:27.30.

Courtesy Photo.

On June 28, 2015 Darrow Messerly achieved a 4 year goal--he received a High Point Trophy at the Glendive Swim Meet. He placed first in all 3 of his events: 50 Free, Breast stroke & backstroke.

Makiya Wilke scored 31 points in her three events, taking second in the 50 breast (52.01), third in the 50 freestyle (40.35) and fourth in the 50 back (52.02).

"A lot of them dropped time," Coach Lynn said. "We had a lot of personal bests this past weekend, so the hard practices are paying off."

As the team gears up for the divisional and state meets, Coach Lynn and his team plans to step things up in practices to "peak" at the right time as the year comes to a close.

The team knows that the last regular season meet this weekend will be a heavily populated meet.

"We know that Chinook will be there full-force, we will be there full-force and Glasgow will be there full-force, Lewistown and Roundup will have a lot," Coach Lynn said. "It's going to be a pretty good sized meet being the last one before divisionals and people want to get that one in."


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