CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Gator Swim Team recently defended their Ozark Region Small Club Championship by rolling over the Hazelwood and University City teams by over 700 points this past weekend at University City.
The Gators finished with 933 points, while Hazelwood and University City had 232 and 228 respectively.
"Our team unity was a major factor in influencing our meet performances," said Gator coach Steve Franklin.
"The kids actively cheered and rooted for all of our swimmers during their races."
Gator swimmers won 21 of 30 possible high point awards. Twins Kristian and Kyleigh Troxel placed 1st and 2nd in the eight and under category, while Maryanne Kendig of Sikeston, Madison Ray and Chleo LeGrand were 1st-3rd with Alyssa Coots runner up in the nine and ten year old girls.
Ramsey Scott won the nine and ten year old boys with Wyatt Larson finishing 3rd.
"Our younger swimmers are really starting to come along," said Franklin.
"They are beginning to put some speed with their strong techniques."
The 11- and 12-year-old girl winners were Morgan Fraser in 1st, Jessica Baker in 2nd, and Morgan Collier in 3rd, while Sam Gramling won the boys division with Caleb Coots placing 3rd and Jake Pewitt of Sikeston as runner up.
Jennier Willett was 2nd in the 13-14 girls with Anne Wolpers as runner up, and Caleb Statler took 1st in the 13-14 boys with Nick Welker runner up.
Gator girls dominated the 15 and over with Katie Luehmann winning 1st, Alex Anne Troxel 2nd, and Angela Welker 3rd. Steffan Troxel won the boys 15 and over division.
"The team showed great heart, finishing all their races strong. They showed an excellent training background and race. Summer league is beginning soon, and we are hoping to have a large turnout.
"It's a great time to have fun, meet new friends, and learn from a professional coaching staff assisted by our year around senior swimmers," Franklin explained.