VAST swimmers shine in Yankton

Vermillion Area Swim Team members accounted for nine individual event wins at the 49th Annual Yankton Charity Invitational, held at the Yankton�s Memorial Park Pool on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25.  A total of 18 swimmers from VAST attended the meet.

Head Coach Mike Moran said of the early season meet, �We had a great showing of swimmers who attended the meet and swam really well.  There were lots of personal best times against some of the competition on a local level.  It was great to see the majority of our team make it to the meet during the busy summer time.� 

Swimmers who won events in their age groups are as follows: 

�  Hunter Lavin (boys 8 and under): 50 Meter Breaststroke, 50 Meter Freestyle.

�  Lexie Malimanek (girls 11-12): 50 Meter Backstroke, 50 Meter Freestyle.

�  Kylie Martin (girls 15-16): 100 Meter Breaststroke, 50 Meter Freestyle.

�  Kyleigh Moran (girls 11-12): 200 Meter Freestyle,  400 Meter Freestyle.

� Megan Muriuki (girls 8 and under): 100 Freestyle.

Coach Moran added, �We even had three new swimmers attend the meet who started with VAST for the first time in May.  They did an outstanding job at their first meet, swimming in front of a lot of parents, spectators, coaches and other swimmers.�  The three new swimmers who participated for the first time were Toria Andre, Olivia Granaas, and Annika Granaas. 

VAST is preparing for a tough month of July, with meets every weekend in South Dakota.  July 7-10 will be the annual Sioux Falls Snowfox Summer Invite.  Twenty swimmers from VAST are registered to swim in the meet that will feature swimmers from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.  The following weekend, VAST will travel to Brookings, then Mitchell and finally the South Dakota State Long Course Championships held in Sioux Falls July 29-31. 

For more information about VAST, please contact Head Coach Mike Moran at:  vastcoach@yahoo.com

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