7 Wellington swimmers will head to Wichita for district meet after Great Plains Swim League finals

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Wellington Sailfish swimmer holding the American flag in the pool at districts.

Despite looming storms, seven teams that make up the Great Plains Swim League (GPSL) converged in Winfield for League Finals on Friday, July 16th for 13 & over and Saturday, July 17th for 12 & under. 

After dominating their competition on July 16th against Twin Rivers Club, the Wellington Sailfish finished sixth out of seventh in the GPSL. However, the overall team scores for the meet were a direct reflection of the number of swimmers.

  • 1st place with 1053 points:  Winfield: 94 swimmers-59 women, 35 men
  • 2nd place with 655 points:  Derby: 65 swimmers-34 women, 31 men
  • 3rd place with 635 points:  Haysville: 63 swimmers-35 women, 28 men
  • 4th place with 533.5 points:  Valley Center:  56 swimmers-35 women, 21 men
  • 5th place with 333.5 points:  El Dorado:  53 swimmers-29 women, 24 men
  • 6th place with 333 points:  Wellington: 39 swimmers-25 women, 14 men
  • 7th place with 36 points:  Twin Rivers Club: 16 swimmers-8 women, 8 men

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Wellington finished with many personal best times, 29 ribbons, 48 medals, 13 league champions, 10 overall high point award winners and a summer full of memories made. 

The individual results can be found in the Wellington Daily News.

“They have the heart of champions," said coach Cindy Tracy. "No matter their age, they work so hard to improve their strokes each and every day at the wee hours of the morning.  We couldn’t be prouder of them on so many levels."

Alara Wilson captured a new record in the 50-meter free swimming a 31.22 time and breaking a record held by Bliss Baird from 2010. Wilson set a new 100-meter freestyle record with a 1:08.22 time.

The record was held by Jensen Lynnes since 2017. Also, Wilson set a new 200-meter indiviudal medley record at 2:56.18 breaking a record held by Arielle Horsch from 2002.

Jensen Lynnes also captured three new records. In the 50-meter free style, she finished with 29.84. breaking her own record from 2020. Lynnes set a new 100-meter freestyle record swimming at 1:06.99, breaking another one of her own records from 2020.

Then, in the 100-meter backstroke, she finished with a record time of 1:18.17, breaking Arielle Horsch’s record from 2004.

Duke Shinliver picked up a new record in the 50-meter breast with a 1:01.81 breaking his own record from 2020. Owen Camblin set two new records in the 50-meter breast with a 51.64 time and in the 200 individual medley with a 3:26.15 time

For now, the team's momentum will move forward in the hearts of several swimmers who are headed to Districts in Wichita this Friday, July 23rd to Sunday, July 25th.

Wellington's district qualifies are Ralphie Cornejo, Jensen Lynnes, Noah McComb, Caroline Mott, Duke Shinliver, Hank Shinliver, and Alara Wilson. However, swimmers who have already achieved championship qualifying times in any races are not allowed to swim those races at Districts.

Championship qualifies are Owen Camblin. Jensen Lynnes, and Alara Wilson.