Butte High senior Jake Bentley broke three school records while helping the Bulldog boys’ swim team to a fifth-place finish at the Stacy Frey Memorial Swim Meet, Saturday in Great Falls.
Bentley set a new standard in the 200-yard freestyle, trimming more than 2 seconds off the previous record (1:50.4) which was held by Bob Bentley (Jake’s father) and Ethan Shrader. He set the new record with a time of 1:48.11.
Bentley won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:54.31, which eclipsed the old record of 4:55.93.
“Jake is working very hard and swimming strong right now,” Butte High coach Lynn Shrader said in an email. “He seems to be getting stronger every meet.”
Freshman Zach Johnson also swam well on Saturday, finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
“These are great swims for a freshman,” Shrader added. “It will be fun to see how he progresses the rest of the season and his next three seasons.”
Other top 10 finishers on the boys’ side include Kyle Crom and Trevor Krom. Trevor knocked 2 seconds off of his personal best to finish 10th in the 100 free, and he finished ninth in the 50 free.
Kyle finished seventh in the 200 freestyle, knocking 6 seconds off of his best time to do it, and fifth in the 100 free.
The girls’ team was led by sophomore Elsie Dickerson, who set two new personal records. She placed seventh in the 100 free, and sixth in the 500 free. She set her personal-best times despite being saddled with a tough swimming schedule.
“Swimming best times back to back is very difficult,” Shrader said.
“I was very impressed with Elsie, as the 500 free is the race right after the 100 free, and then she swam on the 200 free relay
Sidney Christie swam to a 10th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. The 200 free relay of Kennedi Ferriter, Devin Amtmann, Sidney Christie, and Elsie Dickerson placed 10th; while the same girls swam to a seventh-place finish in the 400 free relay.
“I am really proud of all the swimmers today,” Shrader said. “They raced well, and earned every best time they got.”