Several members of the Waynesville High School varsity boys’ swim team placed in the finals and improved their state consideration times during the Southwest Missouri Championships held Friday and Saturday in Springfield, Missouri.
Competing against 17 other schools, WHS junior Bailey Raines finished fifth overall in the 500-meter freestyle in 5 minutes, 31.44 seconds, earning a medal and cutting 1.19 seconds off his previous state consideration time in the event, which he set during the prelims. Raines also took 10th overall in the 200-meter individual medley, which he finished in 2:19.6.
Other swimmers who competed for Waynesville in the finals included:
— The 200-meter free relay team of Dustin Myers, Tyler Newsome, Gavin Miller and Raines placed 10th overall and cut their state-consideration time, finishing in 1:43.62.
— Miller placed 16th overall in the 100-meter breaststroke, finishing in 1:14.89.
— The 400-meter free relay team of Jacob Dye, Newsome, Miller and Raines finished 15th overall in 3:59.71, also cutting their state-consideration time, which they had also improved upon in the preliminaries.
Earning state consideration means that competitors can become automatic qualifiers at the state level if 32 competitors or teams don’t qualify by meeting automatic state standard times.
Coach Nikki Stone said she was still waiting to hear if the team would be selected to compete at state, which will be held Nov. 14 at St. Peters, Missouri.
“Regardless, this team has had to face many trials and has really stepped it up the last few meets,” she said. “I am proud of (each swimmer) on this team and am very happy with the season.”
In other WHS sports:
Three WHS cross-country runners advanced to state competition after finishing among the top 15 at the Missouri Class 5, District 5 meet, which was held Saturday in Cole County Park in Jefferson City, Missouri.
WHS senior Bryan O’Barr led the Tiger boys’ team, finishing second overall with a time of 17 minutes, 13.9 seconds. He was followed by WHS junior Alejandro Malave, who finished fifth with a time of 17:47. The WHS boys’ team finished fourth out of nine teams competing.
In the girls’ race, WHS senior Tessa Scott finished 13th overall with a time of 21:57.80. The WHS girls’ team finished seventh overall.
O’Barr, Malave and Scott are now scheduled to compete in the state championship meet Saturday at Gans Creek Recreation Area in Columbia, Missouri.
“These runners have put in a tremendous amount of work and earned their spots,” Nicole Jarman, WHS head coach, said. “I am very proud of them, as well as the rest of the team and their efforts at districts.”
Scott is scheduled to compete at 8:30 a.m., and O’Barr and Malave are scheduled to race at 11 a.m. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the number of spectators allowed to view the race is extremely limited, Jarman said.
The WHS Tigers varsity football team will have an opportunity for a rematch with the Glendale Falcons as the two teams face each other at 7 p.m. Friday in the Missouri Class 5, District 5 tournament at Glendale High School in Springfield.
The Tigers fell to the Falcons 47-32 during their last game Oct. 23.
Waynesville (2-6) is seeded third, while Glendale (5-4) is seeded second in the tournament. The winner of Friday’s game will either face the top-seeded Lebanon Yellowjackets (5-3) or the fourth-seeded Willard, Missouri, Tigers (3-7), who will play each other Friday in Lebanon.
The WHS varsity volleyball team ended their season Oct. 27, falling 3-0 in an upset against Springfield’s Central Bulldogs in the first round of the Class 5, District 10 tournament held at Parkview High School in Springfield.
Central dominated the first game 25-16, then won the second game 25-19. Waynesville finally found its footing in the third game, but couldn’t overcome Central, which won 26-24 to claim the match.
Seeded third in the four-team tournament, Central went on to upset top-seeded Lebanon to win the district championship Oct. 29.
Waynesville, which was seeded second, ended its season with a record of 9-14-2.