Columbia swim teams battle at super quad meet

Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 8:54 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge swimmer Selma Zweifel said she shoveled the neighbors' snow for exercise this week and made more than $100 on the side as a bonus.

Winter weather prevented local high school swimmers from accessing even the indoor pools for training this week, but some found ways to get by.

They include Zweifel's Rock Bridge teammates, sophomores Kelley Tackett and Lexi Perry, who dominated both of their events at a super quad meet at Hickman High School on Saturday. Each dropped time in at least one race. Tackett made a state cut in the 100-meter backstroke, and Perry did the same in the 500m freestyle.

Students weren't permitted in the pool because of a snow emergency Tuesday and Wednesday. Many others could not make practice on Monday, Thursday and Friday because of the icy roads.

"We've been hampered by the inability to train or go to meets," Laura Wacker, head coach for Hickman, Rock Bridge and Battle, said. "Some of our girls are starting to get over-rested."

With the weather relenting for a day, the Columbia-area high school swim teams were finally were able to get back in the pool.

Rock Bridge won all four of their dual meets. Hickman went 3-1, losing only to Rock Bridge. Battle finished 1-3, defeating only Marshall.

The lack of training was obvious, as a majority of swimmers went slower than their seed times.

All of the Columbia schools will head to the Mizzou Aquatic Center next Saturday for their final meet before the state championships. The meet is the last chance for swimmers to qualify for state.

Wacker said she hopes to see Battle and Hickman qualify "any relay they possibly can."

"The girls are always excited to swim there," Wacker said. "It's one of the fastest pools in the country."

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.

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