Youth swimming

    Nolan Deats and Jacob Lucas were dominant in their class as the Pontiac Pacer duo placed first and second overall in the 13-14-year-old boys group at the Pontiac Pentathlon swim meet at the natatorium on Saturday.
    Deats and Lucas helped the Pacers finish third in the team standings with 770½ points. The Marlins Swim Team won the meet with 808 and the Kankakee Crocodiles were second at 793. Also competing were teams from El Paso (fourth place, 709 points), Lexington (seventh, 273½), Dwight (11th, 64) and Flanagan (12th, 43).
    Deats placed first in the 13-14 boys group with 72 points, edging Lucas, who had 70 for second place. Nathan Plenert tallied 53 for fourth. Also competing were Corey Gesell (11th place) and Murphy Wilkerson (15th).
    The 15-18 girls group had two finish in the top five as Keely Picket placed fourth with 51 points and Hannah Grove was fifth at 44. Elena Pina was right behind in sixth and was followed by Katie Stock (eighth), Samantha Mehrkens (11th), Alana Christianson  (13th) and Anneke Esposito (15th).
    Jaden Lucas came in second in the 11-12 girls group with 62 points. Abby Lauritsen (10th) and Nia Eggleston (17th) also placed.
    Quinn Wilkerson placed third in the 9-10 girls division (no points were provided). Ava Nollen was fourth in the 13-14 girls group with 49 points. Paityn Richardson was seventh with Emma Nelson (ninth) and Molly Masching (14th) also competing.
    Competing in the 8-and-under girls were Elizabeth Hansen (ninth), Ashlyn McCabe 916th) and Harper Francis (17th). In the 8U boys was Emilio Close (11th).
    In the 9-10 boys, Angel Close the Pacers by placing sixth. Owen Masching and Logan McCabe tied for 10th place. In the 11-12 boys group, it was Jared Bressner (ninth) and Santi Pina (11th) competing.
    Pontiac’s 13-14 boys group was dominant in placing among the top five in individual events. In that group, Deats won the butterfly, backstroke and the individual medley. He was second in the 50-meter freestyle and fourth in the breaststroke.
    Lucas won the breaststroke and the 50 free while taking second in the butterfly and individual medley. He was third in the backstroke. Plenert was third in the breaststroke, fourth in the butterfly, individual medley and fifth in the 50 free. Gesell was fifth in the breaststroke.
    Quinn Wilkinson won the butterfly in the 9-10 girls group. Wilkinson was second in the short free, third in the backstroke and fifth in the individual medley. Jaden Lucas led the 11-12 girls with a first-place mark in the backstroke. She claimed second in the butterfly, third in the individual medley, fourth in the freestyle and butterfly and fifth in the breaststroke. Abby Lauritsen was third in the breaststroke.
    Placing in the top five for the 13-14 girls were Paityn Richardson with a fourth in the butterfly and Ava Nollen with fourth-place points in the backstroke and freestyle, and fifth-place points in the individual medley and the breaststroke.
    Elana Pina and Keely Pickett each scored runnerup points in the 15-18 girls group. Pina was second in the butterfly and Pickett was second in the freestyle. Pickett was also fourth in the backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley. Hannah Grove was third in the breaststroke and fifth in the individual medley and backstroke. Katie Stock was fourth in the butterfly and the freestyle.
    For the boys in the 9-10 age group, Angel Close placed fourth in the butterfly and fifth in the individual medley.