By Rod Haxton, editor
Brandon Winderlin collected three individual gold medals and added three silvers in the Western Kansas Swim Club combined meet held last weekend in Guymon, Okla.
The two-day meet brought together the top swimmers from throughout Western Kansas, and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles with Winderlin turning in an outstanding meet against the field of 12 teams.
Winderlin (11-12 years) showed he belongs among the elite by sweeping the freestyle events with wins in the 50m (30.56), the 100m (68.78) and 200m (2:35.81).
In the 200m, Winderlin improved on his season best by an impressive 30.95 seconds. He also had season bests in the 50m by 4.03 seconds and by 10.99 seconds in the 100m.
In addition, Winderlin was a runner-up in the 400m (5:52.18) and in the 200m individual medley (3:12.27).
Winderlin’s five individual medals were matched by teammate Avry Noll (8-years and under) who had one gold and four silvers. Together, the two swimmers accounted for 10 of Scott City’s 17 medals in the boy’s division.
They also were a huge reason why the Stars were second in the team standings for their best finish in recent memory. Golden Belt (Great Bend) easily won the team title with 1,091.5 points, followed by Scott City (750) and Guymon, Okla. (706).
Noll’s only gold medal came in the 25m freestyle (18.47), which was a season best, followed closely by teammate Jaxson Brandl (19.54) in third place.
Though he was unable to grab any more gold medals, Noll did swim away with second place finishes in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 25m backstroke for a solid swim meet.
Also earning an individual silver was Conner Cupp (11-12 years) in the 50m butterfly (38.18). Cupp was also a third place finisher in the 50m backstroke (39.97) and the 200m individual medley (3:22.98).
Eric Shapland (9-10 years) was a triple bronze medalist in the 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and the 100m individual medley.
Kaden Wren was a third place finisher in the 50m freestyle (32.76) - just 2.2 seconds behind Winderlin - and he was third in the 200m freestyle (2:51.68).
Bronze medals were also collected by Brandl in the 25m freestyle (19.54), who was only 1.07 seconds behind Noll’s winning time, and in the 50m freestyle (43.68).
Edwards was a third place medalist in the 25m breaststroke.
4 Relay Golds
The Stars were denied any other individual first place medals, but did add four wins in the relays.
Two of those golds came in the 8-years and under division in the 100m freestyle (1:21.91) and the 100m medley (1:45.56).
Members of the WKSC championship in the freestyle relay were Jaxson Brandl, Tanner Gooden, Houston Frank and Noll.
Winning the medley were Noll, Griffin Edwards, Frank and Brandl.
Scott City’s boys also swept both relays in the 11-12-year division.
The 200m freestyle (2:17.21) and 200m medley (2:48.64) included Kaden Wren, Landon Trout, Conner Cupp and Winderlin.
The Stars picked up a pair of silver medals in the 9-10-year-old 200m freestyle relay (2:52.02) and 200m medley (3:37.14).
Swimmers on both relays were Zach Rohrbough, Wyatt Ricker, Carter Gooden and Eric Shapland.
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