Bell, Fugett highlight Smithville’s swim performance

Smithville’s Brady Bell propels himself to the finish during the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday, Sept. 18 at the NKC Invitational.

Smithville’s swim team competed at the North Kansas City Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Although, they are one of the smallest teams with only 11 swimmers, they competed with the best and learned from the best the state has to offer.

Head coach Kyle Martin welcomed the strong competition.

“I want to take them to these big time meets even though they might not make it back [to finals],” Martin said. “I told them to show up to cheer on their team and watch some of the best swimmers in the state compete against each other.”

Led by senior swimmer Brady Bell, Martin’s team did not disappoint in the pool. Bell competed in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard breaststroke.

“I competed great today,” Bell said. “I cut 3 seconds in the IM. I am really proud of the relays though.”

Bell showcased his speed and endurance by taking part in those two races along with two relays for the Warriors. He finished in 15th place in the breaststroke and 19th in the 200-yard IM.

The last meters in the pool is something that Martin wants to focus on in practice in the coming weeks.

“One thing our entire team needs to work on is our finishing speed. Our last 10 to 15 meters need to drive into that next gear so we can finish strong,” Martin said.

Ray Fugett also swam for the Warriors, competing in the 200-yard freestyle. He scored a 23rd-place finish.

“This competition is as big as state. It was a great experience for our whole team. I am proud of how everyone did at this meet and how everyone performed,” Bell said.

Sports Writer Liam Keating can be reached at, 389-6643 or @myctsports on Twitter.

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