GNST Swimmers Make a Splash at State Swimming
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 07:23
Six swimmers from Valentine traveled to Lincoln for the 2014 Midwestern Long Course Championships held over the weekend. Valentine GNST swimmers joined 668 total athletes from 26 teams across the state in the 'best of the best' competition of the long course season. The event started with a Thursday evening session and ran for three sessions a day thru Sunday night with swimmers participating in 112 events ranging in age from 8 to 18.
Caleb Long (13) kicked off the Valentine team in the Friday morning session in the 200M breaststroke event and continued on to the finals Friday evening bringing home 15th with a personal best time of 3:10.27.
Dylan Witt (12) started the weekend Friday afternoon swimming the 50M butterfly in a personal best time of 37.85 seconds bringing home 15th. Dylan then swam the 100M breaststroke in 1:32.78 grabbing a 12th place ribbon and finished off the day with a 400M medley relay with the 11-12 GNST boys taking 4th.
Savannah Dean (17) and Taryn Adams (16) joined in the competition in the Girls 15 & over 50M freestyle event Saturday morning both cutting time and swimming a 32.69, placing 61st and 32.01, placing 60th respectively.
Brayden Kieborz (12) jumped in with the group Saturday afternoon swimming the 100M freestyle cutting over 4 seconds for his personal best and placing 18th.
Dylan Witt swam Saturday afternoon with the GNST 200M freestyle relay team bringing another 4th place ribbon. Dylan also swam the 100M freestyle cutting his time down to 1:12.64 bringing home 14th and the 50m breaststroke placing 10th in the state.
Caleb Long and Savannah Dean were back on deck Sunday morning both swimming the 100M breaststroke. Caleb swam in a 1:29.99 placing 20th and Savannah swam in a 1:37.02 placing 48th.
Kaylynn Miller joined the group Sunday afternoon swimming the 50M freestyle placing 22nd with a time of 34.79.
Dylan Witt back in the water Sunday afternoon participating in the 200M Medley Relay placing 6th, the 100M backstroke placing 20th, the 50M freestyle placing 10th swimming it in 31.33 seconds, the 50M backstroke placing 19th and the 400M freestyle relay placing 5th.
Brayden Kieborz was back on deck Sunday afternoon swimming the 50M freestyle placing 22nd with a 33.71, another personal best!
Caleb long wrapped up the weekend swimming in the 400M freestyle relay in the Sunday evening session bringing home a 4th place ribbon to finish out the meet!
This was the last event of the long course swimming season. Swimmers gave a fantastic performance in Lincoln with most times being personal bests. Honorable mentions to Dylan and Caleb for bringing home ribbons from state.
Thanks again to all the GNST sponsors, parents, coaches and swimmers! It's been a great year!
Mountain Lion killed near Chadron
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:49
A 5-month-old female mountain lion was shot south of Chadron in Dawes County on Saturday, July 19.
A man reported noticing the animal crouched in the grass about 20 yards from his residence, where two young children were present on a patio. The man retrieved a rifle from the house and approached the animal, then shot it when it stood but did not flee. The mountain lion weighed approximately 30 pounds.
As required by law, the man immediately notified authorities after the animal was shot. The Dawes County Sheriff's Department arrived at the scene, investigated the incident, and took possession of the mountain lion, which was transferred to Nebraska Game and Parks officials the next day. Authorities determined the man acted within the law in killing the animal.