Archive for Friday, June 8, 2012

Tidal Waves roll by Bonner Springs in season opener

David Falk helped the Tongie Tidal Waves to a 258-168 win Friday at Bonner Springs.

David Falk helped the Tongie Tidal Waves to a 258-168 win Friday at Bonner Springs.

June 8, 2012

— Nerves were a factor and techniques were a bit rusty when the Tongie Tidal Waves opened their 2012 campaign Friday at Bonner Springs, but the team rode its strength in numbers to a victory.

The Tidal Waves outnumbered their opponent by more than a 2-1 margin and cruised to a 258-168 season-opening win at Bonner Springs Aquatic Park.

"I think we did really well," coach Janet Falk said. "The swim meet, as a whole, went pretty smooth. Since it's the first meet, a lot of the younger swimmers can be a little reluctant, but by the end of the meet, they were doing pretty good."

The meet was the first-ever live competition for several swimmers, but also served as a refresher for numerous veterans, including some who have been in the program since its inception in 2009.

While Falk admitted swimmers shouldn't be at their best in the first meet of the year, she said all team members — veterans and rookies alike — now have a gauge in which to measure themselves and, in turn, set goals for the rest of the season.

"The game plan is to look at what events they were (disqualified) in and work on those things so they can be stronger and not DQ at the next meet," Falk said. "We'll look at the data and then talk to the team so they're aware of it.

"Truthfully, it's a growth process throughout the summer. Our goal is to get through (the first meet) so they understand the whole process."

The Tidal Waves will return to action June 15 when they travel to Leavenworth for a dual with the Riptides. Action is set for 8 a.m. at Wollman Aquatic Center.

The Riptides handed Tongie a 254-206 defeat in last year's meeting.

"They came in first last year, so they'll be our most challenging team," Falk said. "They typically have more swimmers than any other team in the league and they just have a really excellent coaching staff. They're a force to be reckoned with."

Tidal Waves individual results

6-and-under boys

Garrett Edwards — Third in freestyle

Gavin Shupe — Second in freestyle

Josiah Watherford — Second in backstroke

6-and-under girls

Laikyn Bennett — Second in freestyle, third in backstroke

Grace Edmonds — Third in freestyle, second in backstroke

Ellie Jackson — First in freestyle, first in backstroke

8-and-under boys

Gage Hayden — Third in freestyle, second in backstroke

Cody Kesinger — First in freestyle, third in backstroke

Max Plaschka — Second in freestyle

Freestyle relay — First place (Hayden, Kesinger, Plaschka and Caleb Watherford)

Freestyle relay — Second place (Nolan Rogers, Travis Shepherd, Evan Shupe and Ben Suber)

8-and-under girls

Jaiden Edmonds — Third in freestyle, third in backstroke

Emma Jackson — First in freestyle, first in backstroke

Mikayla Rhoads — Second in freestyle, second in backstroke

Freestyle relay — First place (Edmonds, Jackson, Rhoads and Macy Geiger)

10-and-under boys

Declan Franey — Third in backstroke

Caden Hellman — Third in freestyle, third in backstroke

William Weatherford — Second in freestyle

Freestyle relay — First place (Hellman, Jack Duvall, Declan Franey and Dustin Rhoads)

Freestyle relay — Second place (Weatherford, Hunter Calovich, Dylan Graham and Scotty Vick)

10-and-under girls

Meron Hayden — First in breaststroke, second in individual medley, third in freestyle, butterfly and backstroke

Marisa Kearns — First in butterfly, backstroke and individual medley, second in breaststroke

Medley relay — First place (Kearns, Hayden, Lauren Lawson and Emma Morgan)

Freestyle relay — Second place (Lawson, Morgan, Clara Altenhofen and Ally Sparks)

12-and-under boys

James Breedlove — First in backstroke

Holden DeGraff — First in individual medley, second in butterfly

Alex Falk — Third in butterfly, backstroke and individual medley

Devan Graham — Second in backstroke

Gad Huseman — First in butterfly and breaststroke, Second in freestyle and individual medley

Zeb Huseman — First in freestyle, second in backstroke and individual medley

Patterson Starcher — Second in breaststroke

Freestyle relay — First place (Breedlove, DeGraff, Graham and Ethan Edmonds)

Medley relay — First place (DeGraff, Edmonds, Falk and Rylan Hellman)

12-and-under girls

Courtney Cruickshank — First in backstroke, second in butterfly and individual medley, third in breaststroke

Abby Frye — First in freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and individual medley

Samantha Stewart — Second in freestyle, third in backstroke

Freestyle relay — First place (Isabella Behm, Rilee Garner, Samantha Koch and Marisa Kearns)

Medley relay — First place (Frye, Koch, Stewart and Bailey Bradley)

14-and-under boys

Luke Falk – First in freestyle, butterfly, Breaststroke and individual medley

Freestyle relay — First place (Falk, Gad Huseman, Patterson Starcher and Rylan Hellman)

Medley relay — First place (Falk, Huseman, Hellman and Ethan Edmonds)

14-and-under girls

Emily Chambers — Second in breaststroke

Joanna Filbert — Second in butterfly and individual medley, third in freestyle

Bailey Jackson — First in breaststroke

Niki Tallent — Third in backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley

Freestyle relay — First place (Chambers, Filbert, Jackson and Tallent)

Medley relay — First place (Chambers, Filbert, Tallent and Emily Edmonds)

18-and-under boys

Will Bond — Second in butterfly, third in breaststroke

David Falk — First in freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley

Lee Maughmer — Second in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley

18-and-under girls

Sidney Grinter — Second in breaststroke, third in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly

Alexis Tate — Third in individual medley

18-and-under mixed

Medley relay — First place (David Falk, Lee Maughmer, Sidney Grinter and Alexis Tate)

Freestyle relay — Second place (Will Bond, Cody Koch, Alexis Tate and Abby Frye)

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