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Highland Splash edges nemesis O’Fallon in season opener

Highland swimmer Ben Thomae, a 17-year-old shown swimming the breaststroke, captured first place in all three of his individual events (boys 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter individual medley and the 50-meter butterfly) to help the Splash prevail in a tightly contested season-opening victory over the host O’Fallon Breakers on Tuesday.
Highland swimmer Ben Thomae, a 17-year-old shown swimming the breaststroke, captured first place in all three of his individual events (boys 15-18 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter individual medley and the 50-meter butterfly) to help the Splash prevail in a tightly contested season-opening victory over the host O’Fallon Breakers on Tuesday. News Leader

The Highland Splash opened up the summer swim season in defense of their first ever Midwest Swim Conference championship in the possible way on Tuesday of last week. The Splash traveled to perennial conference powerhouse O’Fallon and eclipsed the Breakers by 22 points, 276 to 254, on Tuesday.

It was the first time Highland has defeated O’Fallon in a dual meet since 2009, and the rare triumph over the their biggest nemesis has the Splash pondering even more potential future history.

“We hope this win solidifies receiving the dual-meet champion trophy,” Highland Splash co-coach Alex Rinderer said of her team beating its toughest rival right out of the gate. “We haven’t won the dual-meet trophy since 2004 so we are ready to claim that title again.”

The meet was a tightly contested see-saw battle throughout and which both teams held the lead. After O’Fallon took three of the four meet-opening medley relays to jump out to a 21-7 lead, both teams split the 10 individual freestyle events before Highland captured seven of the 10 breaststroke races. The Breakers responded by claiming five of the eight individual medleys and seven of the 10 backstroke competitions. Then after both squads split the 10 butterfly events, the Splash had the winning answer by capturing championships in seven of the 10 meet-ending freestyle relays to prevail for the team triumph.

“The lead went back and forth the entire time,” said Highland Splash co-coach Alex Rinderer. “We were down 14 points after the medley relays (to open the meet), but we knew our swimmers would make a comeback and finish the meet out strong. Going into the freestyle relays, we had a small lead. We needed to win six (of the 10) relays, but the kids came through and won seven. They all swam as well as we wanted them to, but there is still improvement that needs to be done. Luckily, we have five more weeks before we see them again.”

Ben Thomae, 17, was the only Highland team member to sweep all three of his individual events. Thomae, who qualified for Nationals in the winter, captured first place in the boys 15-18 100-meter breaststroke (1:13.51), the 15-18 100-meter individual medley (1:05.21) and the 15-18 50-meter butterfly (28.67).

Splash swimmers who touched the wall first in two of their three individual races were Tess Korte in the girls 13-14 100 individual medley (1:19.46) and the 13-14 50 butterfly (33.66), Galen Kohlbrecher in the boys 11-12 50 freestyle (33.06) and the 11-12 100 individual medley (1:25.19), Sean McGinley in the boys 8-and-under 25 freestyle (16.35) and the 25 backstroke (21.28), and Tucker Stephens in the boys 8-and-under 25 breaststroke (21.90) and the 25 butterfly (18.47).

On Thursday, Highland traveled to Dupo and easily climbed over the Hilltoppers, dominating the meet by the lopsided final score of 393 to 119. Results from that meet will be in next week’s edition of the Highland News Leader.

Following are the results of all of the point scorers for the Splash at the O’Fallon Breakers on June 14:

Highland Splash 276, O’Fallon Breakers 254

June 14 at O’Fallon Community Pool

Following are the complete results of the Highland Splash’s individual point scorers, as well the relay teams who placed in the top two in each event for the Highland Splash against the O’Fallon Breakers.

(Events at this meet were competed in meters. There are three swimmers in total from both teams combined who score in each individual event, so one team is allowed to score its top two swimmers in any one individual event. Therefore, each team is guaranteed to score at least one point in each and every individual event. This does not include the meet-opening medley relays or the meet-ending freestyle relays, in which only the winning relay team scores seven points.)

Medley Relays

(Listed first is the team’s placement in the relay event. That is followed by each swimmer’s name with their age and stroke listed in parenthesis and the team’s time at the end.)

Girls 9-12 100 — 2. Madeleine Schmidt (12, Backstroke), Anna Henke (9, Breaststroke), Baylie Wells (10, Butterfly), KJ Freimann (12, Freestyle), 1:14.12.

Boys 9-12 100 — 2. Sean McGinley (8, Backstroke), Jude Henke (12, Breaststroke), Masyn Smith (10, Butterfly), Galen Kohlbrecher (12, Freestyle), 1:17.39.

Girls 13-18 200 — 2. Maggie Heinrich (15, Backstroke), Nora Thiems (14, Breaststroke), Tess Korte (14, Butterfly), Alyssa Freimann (16, Freestyle), 2:18.72.

Boys 13-18 200 — 1. Max Gibbs (16, Backstroke), Ben Thomae (17, Breaststroke), Ben Walter (13, Butterfly), Ethan Drysdale (14, Freestyle), 2:01.39.

Freestyle

Girls 8 and Under 25 — 3. Emily Geisen, 22.21.

Boys 8 and Under 25 — 1. Sean McGinley, 16.35; 2. Tucker Stephens, 16.54.

Girls 9-10 25 — 1. Baylie Wells, 16.19; 2. Ella Drysdale, 16.47.

Boys 9-10 25 — 1. Masyn Smith, 16.39; 2. Ryan Tolbert, 16.72.

Girls 11-12 50 — 2. Madeleine Schmidt, 32.06.

Boys 11-12 50 — 1. Galen Kohlbrecher, 33.06; 3. Cam Runge, 35.50.

Girls 13-14 50 — 2. Nora Thiems, 1:10.56; 3. Abbi Imming, 1:13.22.

Boys 13-14 — 3. Trey Stephens, 1:04.72.

Girls 15-18 100 — 2. Alyssa Freimann, 1:08.28.

Boys 15-18 100 — 1. Gunnar Kohlbrecher, 58.38; 3. Jonny Olson, 1:00.81.

Breaststroke

Girls 8 and Under — 2. Natalie Chalfant, 35.15.

Boys 8 and Under — 1. Tucker Stephens, 21.90.

Girls 9-10 25 — 1. Anna Henke, 21.35; 3. Abby Chalfant, 23.00.

Boys 9-10 25 — 1. Ryan Schlechte, 23.69.

Girls 11-12 50 — 1. Macy Smith, 41.97; 2. KJ Freimann, 44.75.

Boys 11-12 50 — 1. Javier DeLaCruz, 43.91; 2. Jude Henke, 44.19.

Girls 13-14 100 — 1. Nora Thiems, 1:31.21; 2. Audrey Habing, 1:39.40.

Boys 13-14 100 — 2. Ben Walter, 1:21.72; 3. Trey Stephens, 1:22.83.

Girls 15-18 100 — 4. Alyssa Freimann, 1:33.15.

Boys 15-18 100 — 1. Ben Thomae, 1:13.51; 2. Dylan Galbiati, 1:16.16.

Individual Medley

Girls 10 and Under 100 — 2. Baylie Wells, 1:33.41; 3. Anna Henke, 1:41.40.

Boys 10 and Under 100 — 2. Masyn Smith, 1:38.44.

Girls 11-12 100 — 1. Madeleine Smith, 1:21.37; 3. KJ Freimann, 1:25.41.

Boys 11-12 100 — 2. Galen Kohlbrecher, 1:25.19; 3. Javier DeLaCruz, 1:30.65.

Girls 13-14 100 — 1. Tess Korte, 1:19.46; 3. Nora Thiems, 1:23.47.

Boys 13-14 100 — 2. Ben Walter, 1:14.75.

Girls 15-18 100 — 4. Maggie Heinrich, 1:21.00.

Boys 15-18 100 — 1. Ben Thomae, 1:05.21; 2. Dylan Galbiati, 1:07.47.

Backstroke

Girls 8 and Under 25 — 2. Natalie Chalfant, 28.78; 3. Katelyn Redman, 31.10.

Boys 8 and Under 25 — 1. Sean McGinley, 21.28.

Girls 9-10 25 — 1. Ella Drysdale, 19.56; 3. Caroline Johnson, 21.43.

Boys 9-10 25 — 4. Ryan Tolbert, 23.78.

Girls 11-12 50 — 2. Olivia Conrad, 35.96; 3. Ally Janson, 40.93.

Boys 11-12 50 — 2. Jude Henke, 41.78; 3. Patrick McGinley, 44.86.

Girls 13-14 100 — 2. Bella Roberts, 1:19.46.

Boys 13-14 100 — 2. Ben Walter, 1:14.90.

Girls 15-18 100 — 4. Maggie Heinrich, 1:18.63.

Boys 15-18 100 — 1. Max Gibbs, 1:07.59; 2. Dylan Galbiati, 1:08.88.

Butterfly

Girls 8 and Under 25 — 3. Natalie Chalfant, 28.84.

Boys 8 and Under 25 — 1. Tucker Stephens, 18.47; 2. Sean McGinley, 21.50.

Girls 9-10 25 — 2. Ella Drysdale, 17.94; 3. Baylie Wells, 18.23.

Boys 9-10 25 — 1. Ryan Tolbert, 17.69; 3. Masyn Smith, 18.31.

Girls 11-12 50 — 3. Madeleine Schmidt, 36.91.

Boys 11-12 50 — 2. Jude Henke, 39.75; 3. Javier DeLaCruz, 41.06.

Girls 13-14 50 — 1. Tess Korte, 33.66; 3. Abbi Imming, 38.03.

Boys 13-14 50 — 1. Trey Stephens, 31.06; 3. Ethan Drysdale, 34.75.

Girls 15-18 50 — 3. Alyssa Freimann, 32.50.

Boys 15-18 50 — 1. Ben Thomae, 28.67; 2. Gunnar Kohlbrecher, 30.60.

Freestyle Relays

Girls 8 and Under 100 — 1. Natalie Chalfant, Katelyn Redman, Emily Geisen, Reagan Tanner, 1:38.49.

Boys 8 and Under 100 — 1. Tucker Stephens, Sean McGinley, Ethan Walter, Dalton Balint, 1:23.35.

Girls 9-10 100 — 1. Baylie Wells, Ellie Sitton, Sophia Nonn, Ella Drysdale, 1:11.53.

Boys 9-10 100 — 2. Ethan Henke, Ryan Schlechte, Ryan Tolbert, Masyn Smith, 1:15.87.

Girls 11-12 200 — 1. Madeleine Schmidt, Macy Smith, Olivia Conrad, KJ Freimann, 2:12.77.

Boys 11-12 200 — 1. Galen Kohlbrecher, Cam Runge, Javier DeLaCruz, Jude Henke, 2:13.75.

Girls 13-14 200 — 1. Audrey Habing, Tess Korte, Nora Thiems, Abbi Imming, 2:09.25.

Boys 13-14 200 — 2. Andrew Thomae, Trey Stephens, Ben Walter, Ethan Drysdale, 1:59.64.

Girls 15-18 200 — 2. Bella Roberts, Maggie Heinrich, Madi Walter, Alyssa Freimann, 2:09.50.

Boys 15-18 200 — 1. Gunnar Kohlbrecher, Jonny Olson, Dylan Galbiati, Max Gibbs, 1:47.07.

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