Ethan Shipley competes in the 200 freestyle Tuesday in the COC meet at Buck Miner Swim Center.

Webb City boys swim team claims COC championship at home meet

On the medal stand in first place are the Webb City medley relay team members: (middle top) Ethan Shipley, Zion Wood, (below middle) Micah Brouwer and Judah Ritchey. 

Webb City hosted the Central Ozark Conference swim meet Tuesday – and won the title by a big margin.

The Cardinals scored 307 points – 79 more than second-place Carthage’s 226 points. Also competing were: Ozark, 201; Joplin, 178; Nixa, 144, and Republic, 65.

More importantly as the season winds down, the Cardinals met consideration times for the state championships in seven more events.

Of the seven events, three were relays: 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 200 medley.

Individually, Zion Wood reached consideration times in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Ethan Shipley gained state consideration in the 100 freestyle, and Judah Ritchie swam the 100 backstroke fast enough for consideration.

Micah Brouwer had previously broken the consideration times in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM. Shipley had already met state time in the 200 IM and 200 freestyle.

There are two Springfield meets left for other swimmers to improve times for consideration and to make the cut to compete at state, Nov. 11-12.

The Cardinals (Ritchie, Brouwer, Wood and Shipley) started the COC meet with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay and time of 1:48.11 (2 seconds faster than their seed time).

They also closed the meet with a first-place time of 3:39.51 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Brouwer and Wood placed first and third in the 200 IM and first/second in the 100 breaststroke.

Shipley placed fourth in the 200 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle.

Emiliano Vasquez and Cody Herndon took second and fourth in the 50 freestyle.

Eric Keeling placed second in diving with 301.45 points, which makes him worthy of state consideration.

Steve Kenlee was third in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle.

Coach Shawn Klosterman shared these stats from the COC meet:

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