Posted: Saturday, 05 January 2013 8:20PM

Glendale dominates Ozarks Swimming and Diving Invitational

Springfield, MO (  -- The Lady Falcons took home the gold in the Ozarks Swimming and Diving Invitational, concluding with four individual and two team-relay first place finishes, winning the overall swim meet with a total of 424 points.


The Lady Falcon’s freshman Macie Beairsto controlled the swim lane, claiming first place in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.28, which was nearly three seconds over Blue Springs’ Ashley Sturman. Beairsto also won the 100 yard butterfly in 1:00.52, which qualified her to the state meet in both of her respected events.
“I was really nervous, but I knew that I had to make sure I was pumped up and ready for the race. The girl in the lane next to me had a time that was close to mine, but that just motivates me to work harder,” said Beairsto. “I just went all out the entire race; started out with a good pace, and saved most of my energy for the last 50-100 yards.”
Glendale’s talented Sisson sister duo also found similar success for the Lady Falcons, as Nikki Sisson finished with a first place state qualifying time of 0:54.44 in the 100 yard freestyle and a personal best 0:54.44 in the 100 yard freestyle. Kaylee Sisson clinched a state qualification and a 100 yard backstroke title in 1:03.47.
“I was mainly focused on getting up and going faster into both of my races. The competition here was pretty good, and with the state meet coming up, we are all just trying to knock down our times to a faster record,” said Nikki Sisson. “I’m satisfied with my first places, but ultimately the goal is to drop your time down in your races by a second or two.”
The Sisson sisters both agree that preparation is key when swimming, along with the strategy of maintaining an increased heart rate and proper regulation of breath.
“Swimming against my sister Nikki really brings out my competitive nature. We like to race to make each other better, which is always fun. I always try to just get in the water and swim my best,” said Kaylee Sisson. “I really wanted to beat my best time today, but it’s always good having my teammates there to cheer me on.”
Glendale as well closed their successful day with a first place finish in the 200 yard medley and 400 yard freestyle relays, both of which are ranked first in the state.
“Today we just really wanted to come in and swim fast, and we did just that. I’m very happy with how we did, but we still have some room to work and improvements to make,” said Glendale coach Steve Boyce. “These girls know how to face challenges and this win will fare well down the stretch later in the season.”

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