Blue Jays News · Leadership makes a Splash for Blue Jay Swim

For the past three weeks, the Junction City Girls Swim team has been preparing for the 2019 season.  With a new crop of new swimmers on the team, returning swimmers have worked with their team mates in stroke development.  Additional returners have taken small groups of swimmers and worked with them on flip turns, Streamlines, and Starts.  Over spring break returners worked with new swimmers on stroke development in the areas of Back, Breast, and Fly.

As coaches look to develop talents to fill team events and manage relays, they are very pleased with how returners have reached out to new teammates.  The seniors also stepped up to pair a new swimmer to a veteran teammate to help foster relationships and support new swimmers as they took on their first meet of the year.

On Thursday March 21, Blue Jay Swim took 3rd in their first meet in Salina.  Junction scored points in most events and multiple top six finishes.  The coaches were pleased with the results of first meet for both the returning students and new swimmers.  The Women’s 200 medley Relay took 5th place earning 30 team points.  In the 200, Free Sarah Hallum swam to a PR dropping 3.03 seconds and earning team points.  Kaleigh Turner and Lennidies Alves swam the 200 Free for the first time each earning team points.  In the 200 IM, Chris Kim swam to a 6th place finish and earned team points.  In the 50 Free, Junction City saw great times out of the 20 swimmers who swam, collectively earning 30 team points.  In the 50 Free, Karmen Freeman scored a 5th place finish, and Giovonna Rodriguez finished 9th overall.  In 100 Fly event, Chris Kim swam to a 5th place finish and earned 14 team points. Event 7 of the 100 Free, Karmen Freeman took 4th place and had a 1.97 drop to a 1:07.26.  Giovonna Rodriguez earned an 8th place finish and Gianna Redding earned a 14th place finish.  New swimmer Breanna Palmer had impressive drop of almost 40 second in her first meet.  Jada Harris swam the 500 earning 9th place and team points.  JCHS had three teams which placed in the 200 Free Relay!  In the Women’s 100 year Backstroke Sarah Hallum 9th , Brinley VanWey 11th , and Eva Gaer 13th who all earned team points.  In the 100 yard Breaststroke, Senior Reece Boland took 4th place earning 14 points.  Haley Sowder earn 8th place and team points.  Ending the meet, JCHS took 6th place with their 400-yard Free Relay A.  It was a great start to 2019 Girls Swim season.