The Vermillion Area Swim Team (VAST) attended the Greater Nebraska Winter Swimvite Swim Meet held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the University of Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Sports Center Natatorium in Lincoln, NE. They competed against 13 other teams from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
The swimmers who attended the meet were: Rebekah Sharples-Schmidt (6), Andrew Sharples-Schmidt (7), Cohen Paden (8), Bailey Paden (8), Douglas Sharples-Schmidt (8), Anna Van-Holland (12), Maddie Lavin (13), Anna Hackemar (15), Jacob Krier (17) and James Butler (17).
In the boys 13 and over division, Jacob Krier won the 500-yard freestyle, the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 100 backstroke. He owns the fastest times in South Dakota for the 17-19 age division for the 200 free, 500 free and 100 backstroke.
Maddie Lavin, in the girls 13 and over division, placed third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.69. She became the first female swimmer for the VAST to break the one minute barrier in the event, and posted the 60th fastest time in the country. She also placed fifth in the 200 fly and 11th in the 100 back, setting new team records in each event.
Anna Hackemer set personal bests in the 100 back, 200 back and 50 free. James Butler placed 13th in the 100 back, 12th in the 100 fly, and 10th in the 100 free. Anna Van Holland placed 15th in the 100 breaststroke.
Andrew Sharples-Schmidt won his first event in competitive swimming by finishing the 200 free in 3:45.02 in the 10 and under boys division. He just out-touched his brother, Douglas, who earned the silver with a time of 3:45.20.
Rebekah Sharples-Schmidt set a personal best to earn 18th place in the girls 8 and under division. Bailey and Cohen Paden also set personal bests. Bailey finished 15th in both the 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke.
The swimmers from VAST will enjoy a busy December as they get ready for the Yankton Invite on Dec. 14, followed by a two-day venture to Sioux Falls on December 21-22 for the annual Candy Cane Classic.
VAST is an USA Swimming affiliated swim club, which is the parent organization to the US Olympic Swim Team. For more information about the team and how to join, visit www.vastsd.com.