PERU — The Illinois Valley YMCA Dolphins hosted a triangular meet with the Ottawa YMCA Dolphins as well as the Rock River Valley YMCA Stingrays on Jan. 25. The IV Dolphins came out on top in first place in the meet with a score of 682 points. The RRV Stingrays took second with 386 points while the Ottawa Dolphins took third place with 338 points.
From Spring Valley, Michael Arrate, 11, swam to fifth-place finishes in the 200 yard freestyle event with a time of 3:07.58 and in the 50 yard backstroke with a time of 42.89. Arrate also took a sixth-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle (37.82).
Young brother Nicholas Arrate, 9, took sixth place in the 100 intermediate event and clocked a time of 1:43.89. He also placed seventh in the 50 yard breaststroke at 56.47. He finished up the day in eighth place in the 100 yard freestyle (1:28.11) which is a district qualifying time.
Caden Brooks, 10, of Princeton added two second-place finishes to his team’s totals in the 50 yard breaststroke at 48.01 and in the 100 yard butterfly at 1:33.03. Brooks also swam to a third-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle (32.53). Brooks swam a district qualifying time in the butterfly and breaststroke and a state qualifying time in the free style.
Ladd’s Jack Devert, 9, swam a district qualifying time in the 100 yard intermediate (1:39.27) where he placed fifth. Devert also placed fifth in the 50 yard backstroke (46.66). He also took 12th place in the 100 yard freestyle (1:33.15).
Logan Griggs, 10, of Spring Valley swam to 14th place in the 100 yard freestyle (1:36.01) and then nailed down 16th place in the 50 yard freestyle at 41.24.
From Spring Valley, the brother-sister duo of Carter and Charleigh Holmes participated in the meet. Carter, 8, earned two first-place finishes in the 25 yard freestyle (17.79) and in the 50 yard freestyle (39.12). Carter also took a second-place finish in the 25 yard backstroke (21.33). He earned district qualifying times in the 25 yard freestyle and the 25 yard backstroke. He earned a state qualifying time in the 50 yard freestyle. Charleigh, 12, swam a perfect meet, earning a first-place finish in each event: the 200 yard free style at 2:05.71; the 100 yard freestyle (56.54) and the 100 yard breaststroke event (1:21.45). All three of Charleigh’s events were state qualifying times.
Gunnar Jauch, 10, of Spring Valley swam a perfect meet as well in his three events which were all state qualifying times. Jauch swam a 1:20.83 in the 100 yard intermediate and in the 50 yard freestyle (29.82). He finished the day in the 500 yard freestyle (6:35.02).
Benjamin Johll, 10, of Spring Valley earned a 12th place finish in the 50 yard backstroke (56.87).
Another sister-brother duo on the team are Delaney Mallery, 9 and Nolan Mallery, 15. Delaney posted a time of 1:44.52 in the 100 yard intermediate which earned her a fourth-place finish. She took a seventh in the 100 yard freestyle (1:31.12). She also swam a 51.88 in the 50 yard backstroke to take home a ninth-place finish in the event. Brother Nolan swam a 1:25.38 in the 100 yard breaststroke for a second place finish. He then earned two third-place finishes in the 50 yard freestyle (30.55) and the 100 yard freestyle (1:12.2).
Spring Valley’s Mia Mautino, 9, earned a seventh-place finish (2:11.86) in the 100 yard intermediate. Mautino also swam to an eighth-place finish in the 50 yard breaststroke (1:05.82). She also took 16th place in the 50 yard freestyle (55.47).
Completing the Bureau County contingent on the IV Dolphins at the meet were Ladd’s Samuel and Zachary Tieman. Samuel, 8, swam the 25 yard freestyle event (25.82) for fifth place. He also took an eighth-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle (57.45). He then completed his meet with a 10th place finish in the 25 yard backstroke (29.81). Zachary, 13, took second in the 50 yard freestyle (57.09). He followed up with a third-place finish at 1:26.78 in the 100 yard freestyle event. Zachary also place fourth in the 100 yard backstroke (1:49.33).