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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

Swim Team competes in Chinook


Pierre Bibbs

Nolan Moore goes up for breath during the 50 Meter Breast Stroke.

The Malta swim team almost tripled in size, as the team brought eight swimmers to the Chinook meet in Saturday, June 8, through Sunday, June 9.

"I am pretty proud of what the kids accomplished last weekend," Coach Cassie Pratt told the PCN.

The team was led by Jahmiah Huffman-LaBrie who was the team's high-point earner.

Huffman had an unofficial time of 46.98 in the 50-Butterfly. He entered the event with a time of 49.16.

Despite only having two practices in the pool this season, fourteen-year-old Reese Brown made an impression on coach Pratt during his first meet of 2019.

"Reese was fun to was fun to watch this weekend," Coach Pratt said. "His time were put in from last year and in all of his finals events he either took off a souple of seconds or he stayed consistent with time he had from the previous year."

The PCN caught up with Brown after he posted a time of 38.04 in the 50-Freestyle prelims.

"It feels good to be back in the water for the first time this year," Brown said noting that he was playing baseball during the first meet.

Brown mentioned that he loved the sport of swimming because he gets to hang out with his friends and that his favorite

"It's easy," he said. "Kind of like the Freestyle but I use the breaststroke more."

Coach Pratt also mentioned that Taya Wilke had a good weekend. Wilke was able to take first place in the 25-Breaststroke despite being disqualified in the final race.

"Her competition from the day before had been disqualified so she had to swim against the boys because they had combined a few of the races," Coach Pratt said.

Coach Pratt went on to say that Wilke had good backstroke times, posting a time of 32.61 in prelims and cut off two seconds in finals.

"That's a pretty big deal," Coach Pratt said.

After her 25-Breaststroke Prelims, Wilke shard what she liked about being on the swim team.

"Just being in the water," Wilke said, mentioning that she spends an hour and a half in the water every day.

Being that it was a cold day last Saturday, Wilke gave a response on how to survive a cold swim meet.

"Just stay warm," Wilke said.

Nolan Moore posted a time of 51.48 in the 50 backstroke after entering the event with a time of 57.96.

The Malta Swim Team is headed to Glasgow this weekend. But before they head east, Coach Pratt hopes that the team can have a full week of practice.

"Glasgow is going to be a great meet," Coach Pratt said. "Hopefully we have even more kids going and hopefully our pool doesn't get closed down from broken pipes or anything this week so I can have all practice-all week."

Coach Pratt went on to praise how diligent the City Crew has been in fixing pool related matters this season. The team has also missed pool time due to weather. Despite the pool closure issues, the team has been in the pool this past week.

"There hasn't been a ton of pool time, but we have been in the pool," Coach Pratt said. "It has been an interesting start to the season, so it can only go up from here."


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