Nine Vermillion Area Swim Team (VAST) swimmers participated in the South Dakota BC Championships, the final tune-up before the South Dakota State Meet to be held in Pierre last weekend.
In all age groups, the winner and the second-place finisher get an automatic pass to swim in the state championships. VAST swimmers swam well once again, adding several more swims at state and one more individual qualifier.
Isabel Telleria, who competed in the 9-10-age division, was arguably the highlight of the weekend, waiting until the very last minute to qualify to the state meet. Seeded sixth place going into the final event, the 100 freestyle, Telleria gutted out an amazing swim � dropping 8 seconds en route to a personal best time and finishing second. While she automatically qualified by finishing second, she made the state qualification time by nearly two seconds. She went on to wait almost two more hours for a time trial at the end of the meet and grabbed another state qualification in the 50 backstroke.
Many other swimmers at the BC Champs solidified all their swims for this weekend in Pierre. Six-year-old Tally Allison qualified in a few more events � winning the girls� 8-and-under 100 Individual Medley, and also qualifying in the 50 breaststroke, 50 backstroke and 25 breaststroke. She will compete at the state championship in six individual events.
Kayleen Job qualified in another event, making the state time in the 50 breaststroke. She will go to Pierre as well as swim in three individual events and one 8-and-under relay. Madisen Martinez also qualified to state in a few more events � winning the 11-12 girls� 200 freestyle event and finishing second in the 100 fly. Her brother Brady also won 100 Individual Medley and finished second in the 50 freestyle, qualifying to state in the 8-and-under division. Gabe Telleria also added a few more events to his list for state � winning the 8-and-under 25 backstroke and 25 breaststroke, and finishing second in the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke.