This past weekend marked the last meet of the summer swimming season – the Central Zone Championships held in Pleasant Prairie, WS. Three swimmers from the Vermillion Area Swim Team qualified to the event. Maddie Lavin, Madisen Martinez and Araceli Topete, all aged 12, competed in the girls 11-12 division.
In order to qualify, swimmers must have achieved at least a AAA national level time or be ranked first or second in South Dakota. All swimmers represented Team South Dakota during the meet.
The highest finish of the weekend for VAST came from Araceli Topete. She touched the wall in 14th place in the girl's 50 meter freestyle. Only the top 16 swimmers after every morning of preliminary rounds return to finals in the evening. Topete also finished in 15th in the 100 meter freestyle. She also competed in the 50 meter backstroke (27th), 200 meter backstroke (31st), 50 meter butterfly (20th) and the 100 meter butterfly (30th).
Maddie Lavin took home 18th place in the 200 meter butterfly. She also competed in a total of six individual events as well: 200 meter freestyle (39th), 400 meter freestyle (44th), 50 meter butterfly (48th), 100 meter butterfly (27th) and the 200 Individual Medley (46th).
Competing in five individual events on the weekend was Madisen Martinez. She swam the 50 meter freestyle (123rd), 50 meter breaststroke (38th), 200 meter breaststroke (41st), and 50 meter butterfly (70th). Her highest finish was in the 100 meter breaststroke where she took 32nd place.
All three VAST swimmers were part of relays for Team South Dakota as well. Lavin, Martinez and Topete teamed up with Katherine Erickson of Aberdeen to grab 11th place in the girls 200 meter freestyle relay. The same three VAST swimmers combined with Lizzy Spanns of Sioux Falls to take 10th place in the 200 meter medley relay.
VAST is now on a break in between the two seasons of competitive swimming in South Dakota until September when they return to the pool for practice. The winter season runs from September to April.
VAST is open to all swimmers who can swim at least one length of the Dakota Dome pool.