Had Smith-Cotton’s late, great swimming and diving coach Joe Arbisi been on hand for his own Joseph W. Arbisi Invitational meet Saturday at the Sedalia Middle School, he would have created a tidal wave when his former S-C’s boys team won the 10-team meet. Arbisi would have been ceremoniously tossed in the pool, clothes and all.
The Tigers won three events, took second in four others and third in four events to out-point Lee’s Summit, a team S-C has lost to this season, 355-269 to win the 10 team meet. Kearney was third with 263 points.
S-C got an early jump on the competition as Tristan Oja, Josh Mefford, Kio Drum and Daniel Akin won the 200 medley relay in 1:49.18. S-C’s Derrick Kerbo won the one-meter diving event with 430.35 points. Mefford won the 100 butterfly in :57.85 seconds.
Akin was second and Tyler Steger third in the 200 free. Oja took second in the 200 IM, Drum was fourth, Tyler Steger sixth and Matthew Stees ninth in the 200 IM giving S-C needed depth points.
Mefford finished fourth in the 50 free. Ben Terrell was ninth and Matthew Stees 11th in the 100 butterfly. Zane Reser was sixth in the 100 free. Tyler Steger was second and Terrell 10th in the 50 free.
Mefford, Drum, Oja and Akin finished second in the 200 free relay. Oja was third and Akin eighth in the 100 backstroke. Drum took fourth and Reser seventh in the 100 breaststroke. Steger, Tyler Spear, Terrell and Reser finished fifth in the 400 free relay to close out the meet.
Rounding out the team standings, Hannibal was fourth with 232 points, Platte County fifth with 219, Marshfield sixth with 204, Belton seventh with 187, Springfield Hillcrest eighth with 151, Lincoln Prep ninth with 101 and Marshall 10th with 55 points. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.