BNF team competes at Elkhorn Invite

February 6, 2019 GMT

The Beatrice Co-op swimming and diving team competed at the Elkhorn Invite on Saturday.

The girls team finished in fourth out of 11 teams with 192 points while the boys team finished ninth out of 11 teams with 98 points.

“Competing at the Elkhorn Invitational is always great competition for our team,” said BNF coach Marian Wallen. “Many of the top teams in the state were at this meet as well as the teams we will compete against on Saturday for our River Cities Conference Meet.”

The BNF team consists of athletes from Beatrice, Norris and Fairbury. They finished as high as they did despite having many swimmers out due to choir and speech competitions.

“So, to have as many new state qualifying times, school records, personal best performances and top six finishes was a good day,” Wallen said.

Sophomore Mikwena Lierman finished in second place in the 50 freestyle. She also broke her own school record and bettered her state automatic qualifying time.

“Mikwena was a little disappointed she didn’t finish first, but she will be seeded first for our conference meet and she has a goal, which is to take the gold at conference,” Wallen said.

Senior Mikasa Lierman also had an excellent meet. She finished in second place in the 100 freestyle, also bettering her state qualifying time. She will also be seeded first at the conference meet.

Sophomore Maya Moran finished in third in the 100 freestyle with a state secondary state qualifying time. She also finished in sixth place in the 100 backstroke with a secondary state qualifying time.

“Freshman Laci Havlat finished in third in the 50 freestyle with a secondary state qualifying time. Havlat also had a secondary state qualifying time in the 100 freestyle.

“Laci works very hard at practice and strives to do her best at both practices and meets,” Wallen said.

Senior Colton Starck, finished in third place for the 50 freestyle, bettering his state qualifying time. He also bettered his secondary state qualifying time in the 100 butterfly and finished fifth in that event.

The girls 200 freestyle relay finished in sixth place with a new school record and an automatic state qualifying time. Members of that relay were Mikasa Lierman, Laci Havlat, Mikwena Lierman and Maya Moran.

Those same girls also had an automatic state qualifying time for the 400 freestyle relay and finished in sixth place.

Senior Matthew Griffieth finished in sixth place in diving and sophomore Cameryn Wisnieski also finished sixth in diving.

Personal best performances on the day included Linnea Edeal 200 free; Quinn Galvin 200 free and 50 free; Ian Scheele 200 free; Blaine Kujath 200 Individual Medley; Brittney Ruh 50 free and Averi Kolb 50 free.

Other personal best finishes included: Laci Havlat 50 free and 100 free; Mikwena Liermman 50 free; Cameron Knepp 50 free and 100 free; Juan Sonenberg 100 free; Grace Macklin 100 free; Mikasa Lierman 100 free; Maya Moran 100 free; Ellie Lenners 500 free; David Gray 500 free; RJ Suey 500 free; Jaidyn Vanschoiack 100 breaststroke; Sam Fortner 100 breaststroke and Blaine Kujath 100 breaststroke.

Beatrice will competed in the conference meet on Saturday at Ralston. Diving will begin on Saturday at 7:15 a.m. with swimming to follow at 10:30 a.m.

“This will be our last week of practice with the whole team,” Wallen said. “This team has worked hard this season and should do well at the conference meet. We still have many goals that we want to achieve at the conference meet this Saturday at Ralston”