CLINTON — Even if Clinton High swimmers aren’t advancing to the state meet, they still had the chance to get on the stand at Saturday’s district swimming meet at the River King and Queen Aquatic Center.
Head Coach Albert Hayton said the week prior that the level of competition in Clinton’s pool on Saturday was going to be high, and there would be some state champions swimming and moving on to the state meet.
For the River Kings, the 200 Yard Medley Relay made of Tanner Raaymakers, Aidan Smith, Chris Taylor-Bice and Jack Marlowe found themselves on the stand after swimming a 1:56.99 for a sixth place finish.
Raaymakers, Marlowe and Taylor-Bice joined up with Noah Smith for another sixth place finish in the 200 Yard Free Relay, swimming a 1:42.08. That relay team was just a little over a second away from the fifth place finisher.
The 400 Yard Free Relay also took sixth with a 4:03.97 finish. That team was made up of Nate Cady, Noah Smith, Aidan Smith and Payton Raaymakers.
Taylor-Bice got on the stand individually with a fourth place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke. He posted 1:02.57, less than four seconds behind the first place finished from Pleasant Valley.
Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley ran the meet, taking the first slot in all but two of the events. Bettendorf came out on top with 417 points, closely followed by PV with 415. Clinton ended with 113 points as a team, finishing sixth.
SOLON — Athletes from Central DeWitt, Camanche, Northeast and Bellevue all will advance to the district wrestling tournament this weekend after winning at the sectional meet this weekend.
The top two from each weight class will advance to the district meet.
At 106 pounds, Central DeWitt’s Keaton Zeimet faced off against Ben Vogel from Camanche in the 1st place match. Zeimet pinned Vogel in 36 seconds to take the win. Both will advance.
The Indians’ Cade Everson pinned Solon’s Christian Haight in 3:50 to win at 132 pounds. Eric Campie out of Camanche battled to pin Solon’s Caleb Ebert in 5:34 to take first at 145. Baylor Crigger took the win at 152 over Solon’s Zack Bevans and Kolby Snodgrass beat out Solon’s Zach Wegmann at 220 for the Indians.
Wyatt Schmidt—a senior from Northeast—grabbed a win for the Rebels at 160 with a 7-1 decision over Solon’s Seamus Poynton. Northeast also got a second place finish from Remington Overstake at 138.
Nick Smith took first for the Sabers at 195 with a 6-2 decision over Mount Vernon’s Camron Woodley. Central DeWitt’s Robert Howard will also advance thanks to a second place finish at 113 pounds.
Bellevue wrestled in 1A at Cascade for their sectional meet. Austin Michels and Ethan Nemmers both took second place finishes in their respective weight classes to advance on to districts at Jesup this weekend.
Hunter Clasen was the only champion for the Comets, taking down Kanan Morris in 3:43 at 170 pounds.
Districts will take place at noon on Saturday, Feb. 10. Camanche, Central DeWitt and Northeast will wrestling at Central DeWitt while Bellevue travels to Jesup.