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Photo courtesy Gail and Gary Gibson The high point winners for the Barracudas in 2016 are pictured above. From left to right is Ashton Jones, Landre Whelan, Doyle Young, Xavier Quintanilla, Jillian Carlson, Caleb Weams, Jaylena Gibson, Lella Young and Grady Hellman. Hannah Sterns was not available for the picture but is also included in the high point list of winners.
Photo courtesy Gail and Gary Gibson The 2016 Seasonal State Champions are pictured in this photo. Along the back row is, left to right, Isaac Gibson, Ashton Jones, Landre Whelan, Doyle Young and coaches Amanda Hatch and Karoline Roome. The middle row consists of Jacob Merriman, Xavier Quintanilla, Jillian Carlson, Caleb Weams and Jaylena Gibson. In the front row is Emma Wise, Morgan Farmer, Grady Hellman, Ryar Weams, Charlie Hellman, Lella Young, Owen Bielfus and Lars Zukauskas. Olivia McCrackin and Hope Morris were not available for the photo.

Gail and Gary Gibson penned the following summary to a great swim season for the Delta Barracudas.

"Swimming is Family," said Tom Whelan at the recent Delta Barracudas banquet which celebrated the end of a fantastic season. Swimming is more than a group of individuals trying to reach a personal goal.

It is about training partners who are there every morning encouraging, supporting and pushing each other to be their personal best. It is about parents, who not only get up at 5 a.m. to take you to practice but also they bring a cooler full of food and water to each and every meet to make sure you and your teammates have something to eat.

You also know that when you hit the blocks your parents are the loudest ones there to cheer for you.

Most importantly let's not forget your coaches! They are the first ones there to set up and the last ones to put things away. They watch you grow, from ("Look Coachy, I have a loose tooth!") all the way to ("Here is my graduation announcement. Would you like to say something?"). A coach is a trainer, a nurse, nutritionist, a pain, a shoulder to cry on, but always someone who wants you to do your best.

Delta's Barracudas celebrated their 60th year by bringing home the 2016 Scottie Ascherman Seasonal Championship trophy. Also, Amanda Hatch, who has been the head coach for the last nine years was named "Coach of the Year!"

Delta's Barracudas took 15 athletes to Craig. the last weekend in July and participated in 94 events to outscore Fort Morgan's Marlins and Craig Sea Sharks to bring home the trophy.

Coach Amanda commented that she "was very proud of her athletes.

Many personal best times were accomplished at state." She also wanted to "commend her team on their sportsmanship to each other, other teams, and other coaches and the officials."

Delta's Barracudas can also boast that they have two swimmers who hold Seasonal State Event Titles.

Grady Hellman holds the title in the Boys 8 & Under for the 25 meter backstroke.

Jillian Carlson holds the title in the Girls 11-­12, 200 meter Individual Medley, 100 meter breaststroke, 50 meter breaststroke and 200 meter freestyle.

Carlson was also the only Barracuda to represent her team at the Long Course Championships that were held in July.

Coaches Amanda and Karoline said it had been their honor to work with some of the hardest working athletes that were an inspiration with their positive attitudes and work ethics.

One demonstration of a positive attitude and strong work ethic was Doyle Young. Doyle showed up the Monday before State saying that his arm hurt. He thought maybe he had just overdone it with the cousins over the weekend. He swam all week and didn't miss a set; even though his arm continued to hurt. His parents decided at the end of the week to have his arm x-­rayed.

Friday afternoon, Doyle showed up for warm­ups and told his coach that his arm was broken in two places.

Doyle competed in eight out of his 9 races and placed in the top 14; including the 200 meter butterfly in which he placed third!

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Scottie Ascherman Seasonal Championships - Craig, CO.

Team Results: 1. Delta Barracudas; 2. Fort Morgan Marlins; 3. Craig Sea Sharks.



Individual Results for Delta

Barracudas

Girls 8 & Under-Lella Young

100 meter freestyle ­13th (2:01.87); 25 meter backstroke ­7th (27.25); 25 meter freestyle ­

13th (25.05).

Girls 9­ & 10-Jaylena Gibson

100 meter breaststroke 16th (2:04.77); 100 meter I.M. ­18th (1:54.19); 100 meter freestyle, 20th (1:40.18); 100 meter backstroke,19th (1:57.72); 50 meter backstroke ­17th (51.11); 200 meter freestyle ­15th (3:36.51)

Girls 11­ & 12-Jillian Carson

200 Meter I.M. 1st (2:56.44); 400 meter freestyle 2nd (5:28.81); 100 meter I.M. ­2nd (1:22.09); 100 meter freestyle 3rd (1:12.02); 100 meter backstroke ­4th (1:24.61); 100 meter breaststroke ­1st (1:28.77); 50 meter breaststroke ­1st (41.58); 50 meter freestyle ­3rd (39.38); 200 meter freestyle ­1st (2:32.20).

Girls 15 & Over-Olivia McCrackin

200 meter I.M. ­ 6th (2:53.54); 200 meter backstroke ­ 3rd (2:47.36); 100 meter butterfly ­ 6th (1:27.64); 200 meter breaststroke ­ 4th (3:17.60); 50 meter freestyle ­ 12th (32.82); 100 meter backstroke ­ 4th (1:19.33); 200 meter freestyle ­ 9th (2:36.07)

-Hope Morris

200 meter I.M. ­ 7th (2:53.86); 100 meter freestyle ­ 5th (1:08.73); 200 meter breaststroke ­

(3:06.11); 400 meter freestyle ­9th (5:37.05); 100 meter breaststrokes 1st (1:25.06); 50 meter freestyle ­9th (32.42); 100 meter backstroke ­13th (1:25.67)

-Landre Whelan

200 meter I.M. 10th (3:06.58); 200 meter backstroke ­11th (3:06.17); 400 meter freestyle 14th (5:52.20); 200 meter butterfly ­ 3rd (3:25.90): 100 meter backstroke ­15th (1:28.31); 200 meter freestyle ­13th (2:46.32).

Boys 8 & Under-Charlie Hellman

50 meter freestyle ­ 2nd (1:04.22); 25 meter backstroke ­ 3rd (31.65); 25 meter freestyle ­

3rd (29.95).

-Grady Hellman

100 meter freestyle ­ 3rd( 1:34.25); 25 meter breaststroke ­6th (30.09); 25 meter backstroke ­1st (21.99); 25 meter freestyle ­3rd (18.98); 100 meter I.M.­ 3rd (1:48.12).

-Ryar Weams

25 meter backstroke ­2nd (31.07); 25 meter freestyle ­6th (37.01).

Boys 9­ & 10-Caleb Weams

100 meter freestyle ­15th (1:37.49); 50 meter breaststroke ­9th (56.17); 50 meter freestyle ­18th (44.48); 50 meter backstroke ­15th (53.13); 200 meter freestyle ­13th (3:39.96).

Boys 11­ & 12-Xavier Quintanilla

100 meter freestyle ­4th (1:14.74); 50 meter butterfly ­ 5th (40.92); 100 meter breaststroke ­ 5th (1:42.92); 50 meter freestyle ­ 3rd (33.30); 30 meter backstroke ­7th (44.54); 200 meter

freestyle ­7th (2:54.39).

-Jacob Merriman

100 meter freestyle ­8th (1:22.77); 100 meter backstroke ­9th (1:45.79); 50 meter breaststroke 13th (54.49); 50 meter freestyle 8th (37.52); 50 meter backstroke ­ 9th (46.71); 200 meter freestyle ­13th (3:11.03).

Boys 13­ & 14-Doyle Young

200 meter I.M. ­ 9th (3:21.91); 100 meter freestyle ­14th (1:20.91); 200 meter backstroke ­7th (3:26.17); 100 meter butterfly ­4th (1:40.82); 200 meter breaststroke 5th (3:44.82); 100 meter breaststroke 9th (1:45.77); 200 meter butterfly ­3rd (3:51.84); 100 meter backstroke ­8th (1:38.30).

Boys 15 & Over-Isaac Gibson

200 meter I.M. ­8th (2:50.99); 1500 meter freestyle ­2nd; 400 meter I.M. ­3rd (6:06.94); 200 meter backstroke ­6th (2:58.25); 400 meter freestyle ­3rd (5:04.61); 200 meter butterfly ­2nd (3:13.33); 100 meter backstroke ­6th (1:24.82); 200 meter freestyle ­ 8th (2:27.63).

-Ashton Jones

200 meter I.M. ­ 4th (2:38.58); 1500 meter freestyle ­3rd; 100 meter freestyle 7th (1:05.53); 200 meter backstroke ­4th (2:41.90); 100 meter butterfly ­5th (1:16.65); 200 breaststroke ­4th (2:57.85); 400 meter freestyle ­4th (5:06.62); 100 meter breaststroke 3rd (1:21.00); 50 meter freestyle ­6th (29.30); 200 meter freestyle ­4th (2:21.82).

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