Vermillion swimmers compete at state meet Fifteen Vermillion swimmers qualified for the South Dakota Championship Swim Meet in Watertown on March 5, 6 and 7. Vermillion placed fifth overall with 399 points. Mike Veitz, Darryl Neufeld and AJ Manning won individual championships for Vermillion. The boys 15-18 medley relay team of Mike Veitz, Darryl Neufeld, Ross Solberg and Matt Williams claimed first place as did the 15-18 free relay team of Dustin Tomhave, Darryl Neufeld, Ross Solberg and Mike Veitz. Runner-up individual champions were: Ross Solberg, Nicole Veitz and Matt Williams. Individual place winners were:
Boys 8&U: Mike Morse: sixth: 25 back, seventh: 25 fly, 50 back, 100 free: Girls 8&U: Karissa Martin: tenth: 25 back, ninth: 50 back; 9-10 Boys: AJ Manning state champion: 200 IM, 50 and 100 breast, 50 free, runner-up state champion: 100 back, 200 free, 50 back. Tony Jesen: Third: 50 and 100 breast, fourth: 100 fly, fifth: 200 IM, 50 fly, sixth: 50 and 100 back: 11-12 Girls: Whitney Lawrence: eighth: 50 breast. 13-14 Boys: Justin Manning: third: 1500 free, fourth: 800 free, fifth: 400 free, seventh: 200 free, ninth: 50 free. 15-16 Girls: Nicole Veitz: Runner-up state champion: 50,100,400,800 free, 100 and 200 breast, third: 200 free. 15-16 Boys: Darryl Neufeld: state champion: 100 back, runner-up state champion: 100,400 and 800 free, 200 back, third: 200 free, Ross Solberg: runner-up state champion: 200 IM, third: 400 IM, 1500 free, fourth: 400 and 800 free, fifth: 200 free. 17-18 Boys: Dustin Tomhave: third: 200 IM, 100 and 200 breast, fourth: 200 free, sixth: 50 free, seventh: 100 free. Matt Williams: runner-up state champion: 100 and 200 breast, fifth: 200 IM, seventh : 200 and 400 free, eighth: 50 free. Damian Neufeld: fourth: 200 back, sixth: 800 free, seventh: 50 free. Mike Veitz: state champion: 100 and 200 fly, runner-up state champion :50, 100, 200, 400, and 800 free.
The fall winter season will be completed next weekend at the Tri-State Championship meet in Sioux City, IA. Qualifiers for that meet include: AJ Manning, Justin Manning, Whitney Lawrence, Ross Solberg and Breean Solberg.
The Vermillion Area Swim Team is sanctioned by United States Swimming and competes year round. Practice sessions for the summer will begin in April. Any swimmer in the Vermillion area who wishes to "try out" for the team must contact: Teresa Solberg at 624-3630 or Coach Ron Allen at 677-5931.
The team will also sponsor the summer learn to swim program. To reserve a spot for the summer session, contact Teresa Solberg.