The cold and snowy weather on Saturday, Dec. 3, did not deter swimmers from the Vermillion Area Swim Team in their quest to swim fast. Neither did the crowded pool deck and hallways at Sioux City North High School.
VAST swimmers accounted for 76 new personal best times and swam to a great day in Sioux City. Leading the way were two swimmers who won all five events they swam.
Eight-year-old Gabe Telleria continued his winning ways this year, which is his last season in the-8-and-under age group. Telleria won the 50-yard freestyle, 25-yard butterfly, 25-yard breaststroke, 100-yard individual medley and the 25-yard freestyle.
In the 17-18 division, Kylie Martin won the 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, and 100-yard freestyle.
In the boys' 15-16 division, Jacob Krier had the fastest meet of his life, thus far in the early stages of his swimming career. Krier started off the day with the 50-yard freestyle and dropped .44 seconds off his personal best. He followed that up by dropping just over four seconds in the 200-yard freestyle. His previous best came a little more than three weeks ago in Sioux Center. He then set out and dropped time in the 100-yard freestyle, lowering his personal best by just over a second.
For his efforts, Krier should now be ranked in the top six in South Dakota.
"It was a great meet today," said head coach Mike Moran. "The kids came out and swam fast even after a tough week of practice. For most of our swimmers, this is the last meet of 2011."
There are a few VAST swimmers who will be making the three-hour drive to Lincoln, Neb., this Friday for the Greater Nebraska Swim Team Winter Invite, held at the Bob Devaney Center Pool on the campus of the University of Nebraska.
"Our swimmers who are going down there are going to have a great meet," said Moran. "The pool is fast, and the competition will be great. We are very excited to go down there and continue to swim well."
The next meet after this weekend will be Jan. 7 in Yankton.
Full results and information about VAST can be found at its new website: www.teamunify.com/sdvast.