The Vermillion Area Swim Team swam at the Den Herder Veterans Invite this past Saturday and Sunday in Yankton for their third consecutive weekend of competing. It was VAST’s first 2-day meet of the winter season.

“We had an excellent turn out from the team again, taking 22 swimmers to compete over the two days,” said head coach David Lind. “Since we have such a young team, not everyone competed both days, and some only competed in a couple events each day, but we were still able to place fifth overall out of the seven teams.”

VAST had some of the top individuals as well with four placing in the top 3 of their division.

Daisy Brown (6) was the high-point champion for her age group.

Ayden Rosener (12) won his second high-point award of this season. Rosener also qualified for state in the 100 and 200 freestyle events.

Emma Lind (7) and Ryder Henriksen (7) also ended the meet third-place high-point in their age groups.

E. Lind and Henriksen also swam the 200-yard freestyle, the longest event for the 8 & Under division. Both qualified for state in their first time swimming the 200 free. For each of them, this is the seventh event that they have qualified for, which is the maximum number of events that can one can swim at state.

Luke Mahowald (8) competed Saturday and qualified for state in two more events in addition to taking time off in every event he swam.

“While the individual champions and state times are extremely nice, my favorite part of the meet was watching some of our new swimmers try some of the harder, but most important parts of swimming,” said coach D. Lind. “They were doing flip turns and starts off the block.”

Brynlee Baedke (7) took time off her events in her second meet after working on her starts in practice.

VAST will have nearly one month to prepare for their next meet December 13 and 14 in Sioux City, Iowa, for the Sioux City Mariners Invite.

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