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Water daze makes big splash

POLSON — With blues skies and sun, 79 swimmers churned up the water in Polson Bay for the 10th annual Mission Valley Aquatics Water Daze on Aug. 4. The 1-mile swim race began at the dock behind the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino and ended at Boettcher Park.

“It was a great event even though the water was a little bit choppy. Everybody was happy to reach the other side,” said Tana Seeley, Mission Valley Aquatics project director. 

Seeley said each participant received a bag of Flathead cherries. 

Participants included people from all around Montana and even from the east coast and California. 

Fastest female was Jen Luebke, Missoula, at 26.23, Missoula; and fastest male was John Weston, Missoula, with a time of 23.27.

 

Results
Women 12-19:
Colleen Olson 26:56
Katie Olson 26:57
Emilie Thane 29:37
Sara Thane 32:47
Lauren Harmon 35:48
Katie Gelber 37:07
Maggie Gelber 37:48
Claire Becker 37:58
Lieza Reighard 45:08 

Men 12-19:
Kevin Olson 25:10
Basil Whaley 26:31 

Women 20-29:
Jen Luebke 26:23
Emily VonJentzen 28:42
Ali Bronsdon 30:00
Colleen Miller 30:14
Sarah Papay 36:31
Tessa Heck 36:57
Hannah Lumpry 37:12 

Men 20-29:
Philip Rempe 26:06
Kyle Hopkins 27:18
Elliot Bassett 34:42 

Women 30-39:
Jennifer Masquelier 32:40
Tana Seeley 33:02
Deanna McElwee 34:18
Rachel Cremer 36:36
Jenni Brown 39:22
Laura Buckholtz 44:21
Dani Pallister 45:31
Heather Knutson 47:45
Cyndie Lockett 48:01
Mendy Estill 60:43 

Men 30-39:
Luke Johnson 27:31
James Lapotka 36:23
Jake Cremer 36:38
Shea Carlson 36:47
Jason Umbriao 46:12
Orlando Benvin 56:20
Ryan Gage 58:53 

Women 40-49:
Edie VanBuskirk 27:30
Erika Binger 28:30
Jay Walker 35:57
Debbie Ploeges 38:47
Jolene Brackey 55:40 

Men 40-49:
Matt Seeley 26:41
Phillip Luebke 29:02
Brian Flood 33:33
Bill Craig 34:57
Mitch Young 36:53
Ned Becker 38:01
Jay Sampson 39:15
Troy Brackey 41:11
Todd Crossett 43:02
Brande Mergenthaler 46:21
Glenn Thane 50:51
Stacy Violett 60:08 

Women 50-59:
Amy Mack 30:22
Bea Happ 33:15
Patty Kent 38:40
Sue Furey 43:19
Karen Giles 44:07
Linda Morgan 44:48
Valerie Hedquist 47:06
Andrea Ruhman 51:34 

Men 50-59:
John Weston 23:27
Mark Comfort 27:40
Ron Stevens 27:56
John Ehrichs 29:34
Steven Pleasants 29:57
Grant Giles 31:22
Kevin Detwiler 43:12
Hu Beaver 62:14 

Women 60+:
Patti Waterman 36:12
Alice Ford 37:29
Cheryl Ward 44:18 

Men 60+:
Jim Kuffel 33:40
Gayle Phillips 37:01
John Craft 44:39
David Leibert 57:03
Mac Binger 60:35

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