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Swim team 5th at Center

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Pirate swimming team opened its 2000-2001 season by finishing fifth at the Center Invitational.

The Pirates were able to accumulate 136 points, but that was not enough to win the meet. Raytown won the meet with 347 points, Raytown South was second with 269, then Bishop Miege with 174, and O’Hara narrowly edged the Pirates, as they were able to put up 142 points. The Pirates beat Rockhurst, who had 109, Ray-Pec had 82, and Center concluded the teams at the meet with 4 points.

The first event of the meet was the 200 yard Medley Relay, but the Pirates were disqualified.

Sophomore Jared Hall finished twelfth in 2:48 in the 200 Yard Freestyle.

Four different Platte County swimmers finished the 50 Yard Free. Senior Brad Hankins finished 9th in 28 seconds, sophomore Craig Coons came in 17th in 34 seconds, freshman Andrew Hummel finished 18th in 35 seconds, and freshman Cody Werenbech finished 21st in 37 seconds.

Senior Cliff Riner finished second in the 100 Yard Butterfly in 1 minute, 9 seconds, just 6 seconds behind the first place finisher. Junior Josh Brunkhorst finished 8th in 1 minute, 25 seconds.

Sophomore Bobby Passmore led the Pirate swimmers in the 100 Yard Freestyle by finishing in 1 minute, 6 seconds. Hankins came in right behind Passmore in 8th place in 1 minute, 7 seconds; freshman Ryan Allen concluded the Platte County swimmers by coming in 14th in 1 minute, 13 seconds.

Platte County then went on to finish fourth in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a team time of 1 minute, 56 seconds.

Brunkhorst led the Pirates in the 100 Yard backstroke by finishing 3rd in 1 minute, 13 seconds. Junior Barry Brandt was the next Platte County swimmer to finish, coming in 6th in 1 minute, 20 seconds, and sophomore Jeremiah Tylski finished 7th in 1 minute, 21 seconds.

Riner was the top finisher in the 100 Yard Breaststroke coming in 3rd place, finishing in 1 minute, 14 seconds. Passmore finished 9th in 1 minute, 24 seconds; Coons came in 10th in 1 minute, 28 seconds; and Allen finished 17th in 1 minute, 45 seconds.

The Pirates came in fourth overall in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, finishing in 4 minutes, 21 seconds.

The Pirates will be in action again on Friday, Dec. 14, and Sat., Dec. 15, when they will travel to Raytown to compete in the Raytown Meet.