Northeastern Swim Team members (l-r) Trenton Voyna (8) and Anna Knaack (8) earned high point awards for their performance at the 8 & Under State Championship. (Submitted photo)
Northeastern Swim Team members (l-r) Trenton Voyna (8) and Anna Knaack (8) earned high point awards for their performance at the 8 & Under State Championship. (Submitted photo)

   The Northeastern Swim Team (NST) had 50 swimmers compete at the Iowa Silver Championship swim meet recently in Marion. In order to compete at this meet, swimmers must have obtained an Iowa Silver Qualifying Time but not yet have obtained a State Qualifying Time (Q-time).
   NST finished the meet with 37 new Q-times for the state meet and earned the Iowa Swimming’s Short Course Silver Championship Sportsmanship award. This is NST’s eighth Sportsmanship Award in the past three years.
   “The team really went above and beyond in cheering for their teammates and demonstrating good sportsmanship with their competitors,” said NST Head Coach Eric Crawford. “Win or lose, they would hop out of the water after their race and shake their competitor’s hand. It’s great knowing we are teaching good character while learning to swim fast.”
   Drew Chamberlain (14) obtained the most Q-times with five. He set new Q-times in the 13&14 100 free (56.15), 100 breast (1:15.56), 500 bree (5:18.31) and 1000 Fbree (11:08.10). His time in the 500 free was so fast that he also earned a Q-time for the Senior division.
   NST also competed in the 8 & under State Championship over the weekend where they finished second overall.
   NST had two high point winners at the 8 & under Championships. Trenton Voyna (8) was awarded third place Boys 8 & under High Point Award and Anna Knaack (8) was awarded first place Girls 8 & under High Point!
   “Anna and Trenton had talked about this meet for a long time and how they wanted to earn a high point award,” said Coach Crawford. “I’m really proud of all our swimmers this weekend. They swam well and had fun with their teammates.”
   Knaack earned top honors by being crowned the State Champion in the 8 & under 100 IM (1:35.47), 25 back (20.07) and 50 back (42.59); second in the 8 & under 25 breast (23.34) and 50 fly (45.03). Voyna earned his high point total by being crowned State Champion in the 8 & under 25 fly (16.79), 50 fly (37.35), second in the 8 & under 100 free (1:16.02), third in the 8 & under 50 free (35.28) and fourth in the 8 & under 100 IM (1:36.03).
   Other Top 8 finishes came from:
*Dane Burns – Second in the 8 & under 25 free (16.54), third in the 8 & under 25 fly (19.14), fifth in the 8 & under 100 free (1:26.86) and 50 free (38.75)
*Weston Cote – Fourth in the 8 & under 25 fly (22.50), 25 free (18.29) and 50 free (38.73), fifth in the 8 & under 50 Fly (51.33), eighth in the 8 & under 100 free (1:29.10)
*Dawson Irons - Second in the boys 8 & under 25 breast (29.47) and 25 back (21.70); seventh 8 & under 50 breast (1:03.81)
*Bentley Hager – Fifth in the 8 & under 25 free (18.31), sixth in the 8 & under 50 free (40.03), seventh in the 8 & under 25 fly (24.94) and 25 back (24.36)
*Zander Mehmert – Seventh in the 8 & under 25 free (19.78)
*The boys 8 & under 100 medley relay team of Bentley Hager, Dawson Irons, Trenton Voyna and Weston Cote finished second with a time of 1:28.73.
*The boys 8 & under 100 free relay of Weston Cote, Dane Burns, Bentley Hager and Trenton Voyna were state champions with a time of 1:09.04. This time beat the previous NST record by over 10 seconds.
   The Northeastern Swim Team (NST) headed to Des Moines on Thursday, March 1, for the four-day 14 & under State Championship meet held at the Wellmark YMCA Aquatics Center.

Additional Q-times were achieved by: Alex Berg (10) – 10 & under 100 IM (1:26.81); Dominic Bigalk (11) – 11 & 12 200 IM (2:40.38); Topher Bigalk (13) – 13 & 14 200 back (2:21.56), 13 & 14 100 back (1:04.63); Ian Giddings (10) – 10 & under 50 free (31.78), 10 & under 100 fly (1:32.11); Caleb Huebner (13) – 13& 14 400 IM (5:10.44), 13 & 14 200 back (2:18.14), 13 & 14 100 back (1:06.49); Timmy Kapler (10) – 10 & under 50 free (33.48); Katerina Kovarik (12) – 11 & 12 50 fly (33.20), 11 & 12 100 IM (1:13.25), 11 & 12 200 IM (2:30.34); Maxwell Maitland (12) – 11 & 12 100 IM (1:14.53), 11 & 12 200 breast (2:55.46); Erica Ollendick (10) – 10 & under 50 fly (38.47), 10 & under 200 IM (3:03.81); Margaret Rhodes (13) – 13 & 14 400 IM (5:18.54); Gareth Sweet (12) – 11&12 100 free (1:03.63), 11 & 12 50 back (34.85), 11 & 12 100 fly (1:13.29), 11 & 12 50 free (29.13); Joey Vobr (12) – 11 & 12 500 free (6:05.98), 11 & 12 50 fly (31.17), 11 & 12 100 fly (1:11.98); Brock Voyna (11) – 11 & 12 400 IM (5:38.15), 11 & 12 100 IM (1:13.21), 11 & 12 100 fly (1:14.40), 11 & 12 100 back (1:14.68); Emily Voyna (14) – 13 & 14 100 free (58.51); Trenton Voyna (8) – 10 & under 200 free (2:40.67), 10 & under 500 free (7:14.05)