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Eleven receive scholarships at event
Times photo: Adam Krebs Several workers and swimmers took part in the annual Gavin Breadon Memorial Swim Meet Saturday at Rec Park in Monroe. Eleven high school graduates received scholarships in Breadons name, and two others received sports camp scholarships.
MONROE - Eleven high school athletes received college scholarships from the Gavin Breadon Memorial fund at Saturday's Breadon Memorial swim meet at Rec Park.

Breadon, a deceased Monroe graduate, enjoyed football, wrestling and swimming while in school. After his death, a memorial was set up in his name, giving away $250 to high school students who achieve a 3.0 grade point average, show good character and leadership and is going on to a technical or four-year college, according to Marge Klinzing of the Park and Recreation Department.

This year, Cassie Coffey, Randi Robertson, Jolene DeNure, Kendell Niffenegger, Jessica Weeden, John Buol, Cory Kundert, Kyle Klinzing, Dillon Weckerly, Patrick Gellings and Eric Radke received college scholarships. Taylor and Anya Teasdale each received $50 sports camp scholarships.

On Saturday, former lifeguards, swimmers young and old and friends of Breadon gathered at the Monroe Municipal Pool for the 33-race memorial swim meet.

Though several races had only one or two competitors, 14 events featured four or more swimmers or relay teams.

In the girls 8-and-under 25 meter freestyle, Kayleigh Nesbitt, 8, took first with a time of 24.70 seconds. Megan Benzschawel, 7, won the girls under-8 25-meter backstroke (34.26) and Grace Mathiason, 8, won the girls under-8 25-meter breaststroke (33.79).

Samantha Ellefson (10) won the girls 9-10 50-meter freestyle (41.09). Grace Keith, 9, took top honors in the girls 9-10 50-meter backstroke (50.37) and Sydney Mathiason, 10, won the girls 9-10 50-meter breaststroke (1:03.85).

In the women's 15-18 50-meter freestyle, Leanna Schwartzlow, 17, won with a time of 33.52.

The girls open 200-meter freestyle relay went to Zoey Benish, 14, Jenny Meritt, 15, Alyssa Sinkule, 12, and Allie Coplien, 14, with a mark of 3:17.16.

Shelby Coffey, 15, Nichole Lattin, 16, Meritt and Schwartzlow teamed up to win the girls open 200-meter medley relay (3:04.06).

The 200-meter freestyle mixed relay went to the team made up of Kaiden Klitzke, 8, Taylor Teasdale, 13, Grant Keith, 14, and Coffey (2:58.60).

Jillian Heidenreich, 10, Alex Purdy, 17, Sinkule and Schwartzlow won the mixed open 300-meter freestyle (4:26.84).

Allie Coplien, 14, Schwartzlow, Lattin and Keith teamed up to win the mixed open 200-meter back and breast relay (2:49.72).

In the mixed open 400-meter individual medley relay, Mathiason, Meritt, Lattin and Purdy took first (7:05.54).