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The Republic Tiger Sharks captured third place in the "public" division at the SWMO Championships. (Photo courtesy Republic Tiger Sharks)

Tiger Sharks Take 3rd at Championship Meet

The Republic Tiger Sharks won 14 of 78 events at the Southwest Missouri Swim Championships at Drury University Thursday. The Republic team finished third overall out of nine teams competing in the “Public Pool” division. The Tiger Sharks were in contention for the championship, finishing with 531 points, just 24 points off the lead. The Spring Creek team had 555 points, and the Springfield Stingrays had 550. There was nearly a 100-point gap between the top three and fourth place.

Rebekah Wilkinson led the way for the Tiger Sharks, finishing first in four events – three individual races and one relay.

Wyatt Carter and Zaylie Pinnell each finished first in three individual events. Amelia Walsh and Simon Greek won single individual events as well.

Bryce Martin, Seth Lock, and Ben Wright each participated in two relay victories. Garrett Carpenter, Payton Clark, Sarah Baker, Lena Mais, and Ella Peters also finished first in one relay race each.

All of Republic’s first-place winners, events, and times are listed below:

Mixed 13-14 200-yard Medley Relay (2:14.35)
Bryce Martin, Seth Lock, Ben Wright, Payton Clark

Girls 15-18 200-yard Medley Relay (2:21.12)
Sarah Baker, Rebekah Wilson, Lena Mais, Ella Peters

Boys 6U 25-yard Freestyle (27.48)
Wyatt Carter

Girls 7-8 25-yard Freestyle (19.35)
Zaylie Pinnell

Boys 9-10 25-yard Freestyle (26.23)
Simon Greek

Boys 6U 25-yard Backstroke (32.19)
Wyatt Carter

Girls 7-8 25-yard Backstroke (23.55)
Zaylie Pinnell

Girls 15-18 50-yard Backstroke (33.89)
Rebekah Wilkinson

Boys 6U 25-yard Backstroke (39.88)
Wyatt Carter

Girls 15-18 50-yard Breaststroke (34.54)
Rebekah Wilkinson

Girls 6U 25-yard Butterfly (35.66)
Amelia Walsh

Girls 8U 100-yard Individual Medley (1:59.28)
Zaylie Pinnell

Girls 15-18 100-yard Individual Medley (1:11.18)
Rebekah Wilkinson

Mixed 13-14 200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:55.20)
Seth Lock, Garrett Carpenter, Ben Wright, Bryce Martin

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