March 29, 2018
FEDERAL WAY, WA - Julia Huffmaster of the Bozeman Barracudas Swim Team shattered the MT 11-12 State Record in the 200 Breaststroke by over 6 seconds for a time of 2:26.04 this past weekend at the NWAG Championships
Five swimmers from the Barracudas competed at Northwest Age Group Championship where they all set new personal bests. Huffmaster took home two 1st place finishes, one in the 200 Breast, in which she achieved a qualifying time for Sectionals, and another in the 500 Freestyle. Huffmaster also placed 3rd in the 100 Breast.
Ayla Osterloth defied expectations by moving from the 18th seed to battling her way to the 4th place title in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:01.6. Annika Mittelsteadt charged through on the 1650 Freestyle to place 6th with a time of 18:55.86, a 4.65 second drop from her seed time. Other swimmers to qualify included William Gram, and Georgia Gram.
“This meet was outstanding. It had everything! We had some amazing swims and some swims where they didn't get what they were hoping for, but when everyone of them stayed tough and bounced back… that was something. They left it in the pool and that’s the way to end a swim season,” says Head Coach, Kyle Harris.
The Northwest Regional Short Course Championship included over 1,000 of the top age group swimmers, representing the top five percent of 18 and under swimmers that have attained stringent qualifying standards from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Alaska.