A season of continued improvement hit perhaps hits biggest peak on Saturday in Hastings when Columbus High girls swimming won the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference while the boys finished third.
Between the two, the Discoverers combined for 15 top-three finishes. The girls had eight of those and the lone win while the boys put together four runners-up and three bronze medals.
CHS started the day off strong with a second place finish in the girls 200 medley relay with a team composed of Alex Freshour, Emily Miksch, Stefani Padilla and Julia Salerno swimming a 1:58.
Maddisen Schulz placed third in the girls 200 freestyle as did Jayven Krepel in the boys race.
Salerno then place third in the girls 50 freestyle with a 25.76.
Jaden Miller finished second in the boys 100 butterfly with a 59.63.
Schulz finished in second in the girls 500 freestyles with a 5:46, and Ben Jacobs placed third with a 5:49.97.
CHS won the girls 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:45.25. Kaira Dallman, Miksch, Schulz and Salerno were the swimmers that comprised the team.
The Discoverer boys finished third in the boys 200 freestyle relay with a 1:37.63 with a team of Miller, Krepel, Josue Mendez and Konner Kudron.
Freshour was third in the girls 100 backstroke while Krepel placed second in the boys.
Miksch swam a 1:10.97 for second place in the girls 100 breaststroke and Kurdron finished in third with a 1:05.41.
The CHS girls placed third in the girls 400 freestyle relay with a team of Schulz, Dallman, Madeline Hudnall and Macy Blaser, while the boys placed second with a team of Mariano Azurchy, Krepel, Miller and Kudron.
The Discoverers now prepare for the state championships which will take place on Feb. 22 and 23.
The boys qualified the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Kudron also qualified for the 100 breaststroke.
The girls qualified the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Salerno qualified for the 50 freestyle and Miksch qualified for the 100 breaststroke.
The State championships take place at Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org