The O’Fallon Breakers swim team rolled to big wins over both Dorchester and Dupo last week to extend their 2017 season record to 4-0 — once again establishing their position as a strong contender for the regular-season Midwest Swim Conference title. They opened the week with a convincing 349-151 win at home against a strong Dorchester (Belleville) club and then went on the road for an eye-popping 428-101 victory at Dupo.
The Dorchester win, in particular, was noteworthy.
“Dorchester has been really improved the past three to four years,” Breakers coach Kirsty Stooke said. “They bring some very good year-round swimmers in multiple age groups, and they definitely pushed some of our kids. So this was a good benchmark win at this early juncture of our season.”
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Six Breakers swept all three of their individual events. Edde Sue Doehring captured the 25 free, 25 back and 25 fly in 8-under girls, while Drew Hopkins grabbed the 25 free, 25 back, and 25 fly in 8-under boys. In 9-10 boys, Camden Kimmel won the 25 free, 100 IM and 25 fly. Michael Stooke swept through the 50 free, 100 IM, and 50 fly in 11-12 boys, while brother Matthew captured the 100 free, 100 back, and 50 fly in 13-14 boys. And finally, Natalie Edwards earned a clean sweep in her events (100 free, 100 IM, and 50 fly) as well.
Other multi-event winners were Ally Brown (25 free/25 back), Carlee Auld (50 free/50 back), Jake Howey (100 free/50 fly), Tobi McGraw (100 IM/100 back), and Noah Lang (100 back/100 IM).
Single event winners were Luke Peterson (25 free), Will Peterson (25 breast), Zach Thoman (25 breast), Julia Scherrer (50 breast), Alex Hattan (50 breast), Yanni Guskey (100 breast), Samantha Stooke (25 back), Ahmad Fennoy (25 back), Noah Tinge (50 back), and Sierra Workman (100 breast).
Against Dupo two nights later, the Breakers completely dominated the night by winning all 14 relays and 43 of 52 individual events, accounting for the lopsided score.
“Dupo has a bit smaller team than they’ve had in recent years, and that’s a disadvantage in terms of depth,” Stooke said. “But give them credit; their kids swam hard, and they do have some really good swimmers, particularly in the older boys’ categories. Of course, we have some talent as well, and I thought out kids swam well across the board — a solid team effort for sure.”
Leading the way on this night were some familiar names, at least in terms of meet performance so far this season. Brothers Michael and Matthew Stooke pulled sweeps in their events, with Michael grabbing the 50 breast, 50 back and 50 fly while Matthew won the 100 free, 100 IM and 100 back. Sierra Workman captured the 15-18 girls 100 free, 100 IM and 50 fly. And in the 8-under category, Edde Sue Doehring swept through the 25 free, 25 breast and 25 back on the girls side, while Will Peterson grabbed the same events on the boys side.
Other multi-event winners against Dupo were Zach Thoman (25 free/25 breast), Shelby Bushong (100 free/100 back), Noah Tinge (50 free/100 IM), Kylie Clark (100 breast/100 IM), Jacklyn Miller (100 IM/25 back), Camden Kimmel (100 IM/25 back), and Carlee Auld (100 IM/50 back).
Individual wins were posted by Ally Brown (25 free), Rachel Barnes (25 breast), Julia Scherrer (50 breast), Yanni Guskey (100 breast), Alexis Schillinger (100 breast), Lily McCollum (25 back), Luke Peterson (25 back), Blair Liggit (25 back), Drew Hopkins (25 back), Rebekah Barnes (50 back), Noah Lang (100 back), Samantha Stooke (25 fly), Andrew Rottschalk (25 fly), and Tobi McGraw (50 fly).
The Breakers return to action this week with meets at O’Fallon pool against the Scott Sharks (June 27 after press time) and Kings Point (June 29).