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Several Dakota Riptide swimmers earn first-place finishes at the Splash Central Invitational

17 swimmers had at least one first-place finish during the 2022 Splash Central Invitational, held at the Splash Central Water Park in Huron, on June 24-26.

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HURON — Several Dakota Riptide swimmers claimed event titles at the swim club’s 2022 Splash Central Invitational that ran June 24-26 at the Splash Central Water Park in Huron.

Six Dakota Riptide swimmers, Sophia Huber, Nash Kremer, Owen Raml, Emerson Smith, Pierce Baumberger and Colby Harrell, earned high-point honors in their respective age groups.

Among the top boys finishers was Raml, who won 10 events in the 13-14 age group. Raml won the 200 medley (2:31.54); 400 medley (5:28.15); 100 butterfly (1:08.04); 200 butterfly (2:43.57); 100 breaststroke (1:24.39); 200 backstroke (2:45.83); 50 freestyle (28.70); 100 freestyle (1:02.04); 200 freestyle (2:14.93) and 400 freestyle (4:55.50).

Competing at the 15-16 age group, Baumberger won nine events, including the 200 medley (2:40.07); 400 medley (5:28.69); 100 butterfly (1:15.12); 100 backstroke (1:13.33); 200 backstroke (2:36.67); 100 breaststroke (1:28.27); 200 breaststroke (2:59.92); 200 freestyle (2:20.21) and 800 freestyle (10:08.70). Baumberger also finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in a time of 33.17 seconds.

Talon Fenski also competed in the 15-16 age group, placing first in the 100 freestyle at a time of 1:04.87. In the same age division, Ethan Hofer placed first in the 50 freestyle (28.40) and 400 freestyle (5:16.69).

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Harrell won six events for Dakota Riptide, as he finished atop the field in the boys 17-19 age group in the 400 medley (5:46.70), 200 butterfly (2:52.29), 200 backstroke (2:36.64), 200 breaststroke (3:14.56), 50 freestyle (27.58) and 400 freestyle (5:11.78). Harrell had runner-up finishes in the 200 medley (2:36.60), 100 breaststroke (1:29.54) and 200 freestyle (2.14.84).

In the boys 8-and-under division, Kremer had first place finishes in the 50 freestyle (39.55), 50 breaststroke (1:04.29), 100 backstroke (2:00.66),100 freestyle (1:37.54), 200 freestyle (3:40.92) and 400 freestyle (8:03.74).

Rudy Mutziger finished first in the 100 backstroke (2:12.03) in the 9-10 age group, while Kip Wede finished first in the 50 breaststroke (40.97), 100 breaststroke (1:33.51) and 200 medley (3:11.23).

In the girls races, Huber had a strong outing in the 13-14 grouping, winning nine events. Huber won the 200 medley (2:34.79); 400 medley (5:40.92); the 100 backstroke (1:15.93); 200 backstroke (2:44.00); 100 breaststroke (1:22.89); 200 breaststroke (3:00.43); 100 freestyle (1:06.76); 200 freestyle (2:22.02) and 400 freestyle (5:16.36). She also finished second in the 50 freestyle in 30.01 seconds.

Cora Hofer also competed in the 13-14 age group, placing first in the 50 freestyle (29.94) as well as first in the 800 freestyle (11:28.87). In the same age division, Aspen White placed first in the 200 butterfly at a time of 3:32.66.

In the girls 15-16 age group, Smith won six events while Abigail Warmbrand won four events. Smith finished first in the 50 freestyle (31.34), 100 freestyle (1:08.69), 200 freestyle (2:28.09), 400 freestyle (5:29.18), 100 backstroke (1:14.73) and 200 backstroke (2:45.40). Warmbrand earned first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:16.80), 200 butterfly (3:03.05), 100 breaststroke (1:29.83) and 200 breaststroke (3:14.41).

In the age 8-and-under races, Trinity Picket won the 200 freestyle (5:46.21), Khloe Pfeifer won the 100 backstroke (2:05.66) and Haven Fenski won the 100 breaststroke (2:38.22).

Quinnley Miner also earned a first-place finish for Dakota Riptide in the 9-10 age group as claimed the honors in the 200 medley (3:36.18).

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As a team, the Riptide won two of the mixed 400-meter relay competitions. In the 13-and-over 400 medley relay, the team of Smith, Huber, Harrell and Raml won in a time of 4:52.83. In the 13-and-over 400 freestyle relay, Huber, Raml, Hannah Warmbrand and Harrell won the event in a time of 4:19.65.

Branden is a sports reporter that graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a bachelor's degree in communications and a focus in journalism. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 and covers prep and collegiate athletics. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Full-Court Press, providing a weekly web-exclusive look at high school basketball throughout all of South Dakota. Branden can be reached at bhull@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @bhullreports.
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