The O’Fallon Breakers swim team dove into the 2017 season in strong fashion with a pair of convincing team victories and a bevy of solid individual performances. And if initial meet performance is an indicator, the Breakers once again appear to be solid contenders for a top spot in the 10-team league.
After a commanding 455-64 road win at Westhaven (Belleville) to open the season, the Breakers opened the home schedule on June 15 with a convincing 387-136 victory over Freeburg.
“Freeburg was a good test for us,” Breakers head coach Kirsty Stooke said. “They have a number of talented swimmers. They are probably just lacking some of the depth they’ve had in the past. I thought we swam well in this first week of racing. But this conference is extremely competitive, and past success doesn’t guarantee anything. We’ll need to work hard over the next four weeks if we want to contend for another team title.”
In the home opener against Freeburg, the team swept all four medley relays to open the meet and never looked back.
Four Breakers swept all three of their individual events. Natalie Edwards won the girls 15-18 100 breast, 100 back, and 100 free. Jake Howey swept the boys 15-18 100 free, 100 back, and 50 fly. Michael Stooke won the 50 breast, 50 back, and 100 IM in 11-12 boys, and his sister Samantha Stooke grabbed the 9-10 girls 25 free, 100 IM, and 25 fly.
Other multi-event winners were Reagan Martin (100 free/100 IM), Jack Peterson (100 breast/100 IM), Tobi McGraw (100 back/50 fly), Edde Sue Doehring (25 back/25 fly), Camden Kimmel (100 IM/25 back), Drew Hopkins (25 free/25 back), Luke Peterson (25 free/25 back), and Ally Brown (25 free/25 back).
Individual event wins were posted by Noah Tinge (50 free), Matthew Stooke (100 free), Will Peterson (25 breast), Finley Roskos (25 breast), Sierra Workman (100 IM), Zach Thoman (25 breast), Kylie Clark (100 breast), Yanni Guskey (100 breast), Patrick Murphy (100 IM), Jacklyn Miller (25 back), Brett Hattan (25 fly), and Carlee Auld (50 back).
The Breakers then closed the meet with victories in eight of the 10 freestyle relays. Overall, this was a very strong performance against a good team.
“I thought we posted a number of strong swims,” Stooke said. “I think our kids were a little pumped for the home opener. And I was extremely pleased that a number of our swimmers have already shown real improvement from last season. I’m not sure we have quite the depth we’ve had in years past, but it’s still really early. Again, we just need to continue to work hard and get better.”
The team’s season continued this week with a home meet against Dorchester (June 20, after press time) and a road trip to Dupo (June 22). All meets begin at 6 p.m.