LGSC takes 8th at Boise Invite

By Observer staff November 28, 2012 01:57 pm

BOISE, Idaho — The La Grande Swim Club finished in eighth place at the Boise YMCA Thanksgiving Invitational Nov. 16-18.

The meet had 620 swimmers from 21 teams.

LGSC had eight swimmers compete, and according to coach Darren Dutto, every swimmer scored points.

“Everyone improved time in almost every event, with some people improving substantially,” Dutto said.

The club had multiple top-five finishes, including three first-place swims by Jared Miller in the men’s 13-14-year-old 400 individual medley (4:32.17), 200 backstroke (2:03.90) and the 100 backstroke (57.47).

Miller obtained two times that are ranked in the top 20 in the country for 13-year- old boys. His 100 backstroke time is currently ranked 18th in the country and his 200 backstroke time is currently ranked 20th.  

Miller also placed in the top four in six other events at the meet.

T.J. Clay had a second-place finish in the boy’s 9-10-year-old 50 backstroke with a time of 34.98. Clay also had a fifth-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:34.72) and a sixth-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:20.58).

Garren Dutto placed third in the boy’s 11-12-year-old 100 individual medley (1:11.84) and finished fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:41.78).

Keegan Dutto swam to fourth place in the boy’s 13-14-year-old 1,000 freestyle with a time of 11:54.61.

“Keegan was a standout swimmer, improving substantial amounts of time and moving up into scoring position for many of his swims.  He is improving rapidly and should be a a crucial player for the high school swim team,” Coach Dutto said.

Abbey Felley finished third in the girl’s 13-14-year-old 50 breastroke (37.95).

The team of Clay, Garren Dutto, Justin Miller and Dan Felley combined for second place in the 200-medley relay with a time of 2:25.80 and third place in the 200- freestyle relay with a time of 2:08.71.

“Justin Miller, T.J. Clay, Abbey Felley and Garren Dutto all had superb meets. They all raced well, and had several scoring events,” Coach Dutto said.

The coach was also pleased with Kyler Malone, who competed in the boy’s 11-12-year-old age group.

“This was the first meet for Kyler. He did a great job handling the pressure of a big meet. I look forward to his competing in more meets in the future.

 “I am very pleased with the progress of the team. I am encouraging many of our younger swimmers to get to these meets where they can be successful.”