Caden Feit is always happy. It takes a lot to get the Lincoln Northeast junior down, especially when he’s at a swim meet with his teammates, doing what he does best.
The start of the Gene Cotter Invitational on Saturday at Lincoln High School was a different story, however, as Feit expressed his displeasure with himself following a disqualification at the start of the boys 50-meter freestyle.
“Today is one of the first times I have seen Caden upset in awhile,” Rockets head coach Kyle Hunt said. “It’s because he wants to be dominant and go as fast as he can all the time.”
Going into the invite, Feit’s times in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle races have been slower than the previous two seasons. As a sophomore, he made the Journal Star’s All-City teams for the 50- and 100-meter freestyles.
Following his mistake, Feit said he was a little rattled.
Feit responded with his fastest time of the season in the 100-meter freestyle at 48.05, a time good enough for the fourth fastest in the state this season. He finished the day by anchoring Northeast to a second-place finish in the 400-meter free relay.
“It kind of threw my whole race off, and when you get disqualified, you just have that pain you feel inside of you,” Feit said. “It’s not a fun time, but you just have to rebound from that … you’ll end up getting over it.
“I always have a great time swimming. … This is one of the most fun meets of the year with the bananas and everything, it’s like a community here. And, with my team, it’s always a great time.”
Feit led the Rockets to a fourth-place finish on the boys side with a team total of 161 points. Not satisfied, Feit expects to get much better in the coming months heading to state.
“Keep getting in the pool and keep working hard,” Feit said. “Just focusing on the small things, because those small things are what make the big things happen.”
Kearney collected the most bananas (first-place finishes) and cruised to 290 points and a first-place finish. Hastings placed second with 211 points while Grand Island was third with 208.
On the girls side, the host Links dominated the rest of the pack with 231 points en route to a first-place finish. Fremont (193), Grand Island (180½) and Hastings (167½) followed behind Richard Conradt’s bunch.
Lincoln High senior Johanna Schubert placed second in the 200-meter individual medley with a season-best time of 2:24.82, which puts her just outside of the top 50 in the state.
East girls win Millard North meet
Jillian Altmaier swept the sprint events in leading the Lincoln East girls to the Millard North Invitational championship Saturday.
The East junior won the 50-meter freestyle in a season-best time of 25.21 seconds, and followed with a season-best time of :55.37 in the 100 freestyle.
Altmaier also anchored the Spartans' 200-meter freestyle relay team, which took first in 1:42.35.
East also got a boost from freshman Payton Kollmorgen, who won the 500-meter freestyle in a season-best 5:14.49. Kollmorgen's time is the second-fastest 500 time in the state this year.
Behind nine top-three finishes, the Spartans won the meet with 300 points. Host Millard North (261) was second.
The Lincoln East boys finished in third place during the boys meet Friday. Lincoln Pius X was fifth.