2020 RCA Igloo Invite Results

WEST PLAINS – The West Plains Waves Swim Club competed in the River City Aquatics (RCA) Igloo Invitational swim meet January 31 – February 2 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Twenty-nine athletes participated in the USA meet with 88 best times and 18 new Waves records.

“It was inspiring to see our athletes compete against larger teams from Cape Girardeau and St. Louis,” said Coach John Niesen. “These young athletes have significantly benefited from year-round training, and we are excited to see them compete at the upcoming Ozark Championships and later as future Zizzer swimmers. Swimming is another great activity for the youth in our community.”

Overall team top point earners for the meet were Evie Niesen with 91 points, Gwendolyn Fiorino with 85, and Josiah Spurling with 81.

“It is encouraging to see these young athletes compete at this level with such determination and sportsmanship,” said Coach Joe Fiorino. “We have a promising group of swimmers that have tremendous potential in high school and even as collegiate athletes. Some of them are already close to making state high school qualifying times at these young ages.”

Top 5 finishes included: Jake Bramwell: 4th in the 50-yard backstroke, 5th in the 50-yard freestyle; Elias Curtis: 5th in the 50-yard butterfly; Gwendolyn Fiorino: 2nd in the 200-yard individual medley (IM), 3rd in the 50-yard butterfly, 4th in 100-yard IM, 5th in the 50-yard breaststroke; Isaac Kammerer: 5th in the 100-yard freestyle, 5th in the 200-yard freestyle; Evie Niesen: 4th in the 100-yard breaststroke, 3rd in the 50-yard freestyle, 2nd in 200-yard breaststroke and 2nd in the 50-yard breaststroke; Libby Peugh: 2nd in the 200-yard breaststroke; Caleb Spurling: 4th in the 50-yard butterfly; Josiah Spurling: 4th in the 50-yard backstroke, 3rd in the 100-yard freestyle, 3rd in 100-yard IM, 2nd in 50-yard freestyle and 2nd in the 100-yard butterfly; Riley Spurling: 4th in the 50-yard backstroke, 5th in the 50-yard butterfly, 3rd in the 100-yard butterfly; Austin Young: 5th in the 200-yard butterfly; Autumn Young: 3rd in the 200-yard backstroke

The following swimmers helped break 18 Waves records in their age division reflecting significant growth and development of the Waves program: 9-10 girls Gwen Fiorino 50-yard butterfly, 200-yard IM; 11-12 girls: Roslyn Fiorino, 50-yard backstroke; 13-14 girls Riley Spurling, 50/100-yard butterfly, Evie Niesen, 200-yard breaststroke; 15-and-older girls: Autumn Young, 1,000-yard freestyle, 50/200-yard backstroke,100-yard breaststroke; 9-10 boys: Josiah Spurling, 50/100-yard freestyle, 50-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard IM; 13-14 boys: Elias Curtis, 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard butterfly; 15-and-older boys: Jake Bramwell, 50-yard freestyle.

The Ozark Division I Championships team includes the following athletes: Gwendolyn Fiorino, Roslyn Fiorino, Audrey Land, Avery Miller, Evie Niesen, Josiah Spurling, Riley Spurling, Paige Sheridan, Emma Tugwell, and Austin Young. These 14-year-old and younger athletes qualified for the Ozark Championship meet by achieving a USA swimming BB time cut or faster. They will compete February 28 through March 1, 2020, in St. Peters, Missouri.

Making Waves at SPA

The West Plains Waves Swim Club successfully competed in the Springfield Aquatics Fall Classic swim meet Oct. 4 through 6, 2019 at the Breech Aquatics Center on the campus of Drury University. Thirty athletes competed in the USA meet with a 133 best times and 37 new Waves records. The team placed sixth overall in a field of 16 teams from the surrounding area. 

Head Coach Kristi Sheridan said, “It was very exciting to see our athletes compete against larger teams from Springfield and St. Louis. Many of these young, talented athletes have developed significantly with year-round training and we are very excited to see them compete at the upcoming Ozarks Championships in February and as future Zizzers swimmers.” 

Overall point earners were Avery Miller in the 11-12 year division with 225 points, Austin Young with 106 points and Paige Sheridan in the 13-14 division with 80 points.  Avery Miller received the high point award for the 11-12 year old division by winning the following events: 50/100/200/500 free, 100 back 200 Individual Medley (IM), 50 fly and placing second in the 50/100 breast, 100 IM and100 fly. Miller is now ranked 3rd in the Ozark LSC, and 40th in the nation for his IMX index which is a combination of your national rankings in 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100  fly and 200 IM.  

Coach Sheridan, stated “It is exciting to see a swimmer from a rural area rank so well as an all around swimmer both in our LSC and across the nation. We are making things happen here in West Plains.” 

Austin Young finished second in the 50 fly, third in the 50 free, fourth in the 100 back, fifth in the 100 fly, sixth in the 100 IM and 200 free and seventh in the 50 breast. Paige Sheridan placed third in the 500 free and 200 back, fourth in the 100 breast, and sixth in the 100 back.  Isaac Miller placed third in the 50 free, fourth in the 25 fly and 100 IM and 6th in the 25 back. Emma Tugwell placed fourth in the 50 breast, fifth in the 500 free and eighth in the 100 breast. Evie Niessen finished fourth in the 400 IM and eighth in the 200 breast. Addie Peugh placed eighth in the 100 back. Caleb Spurling placed seventh in the 50 fly and eighth in the 50 free.  Josiah Spurling placed sixth in the 50 back, seventh in the 100 IM, and eighth in the 50 fly. Joel Walker placed sixth in the 50 free and eighth in the 25 back. Kristi Sheridan was “excited to see our swimmers finish in the top 8 when faced with very competitive times from larger teams.”

The following swimmers helped break 37 Wave records in their age division reflecting significant growth and development of the Wave program: 8 and under boys Isaac Miller (25 back, 50 breast, 25 fly, 100 IM); 11-12 girls, Emma Tugwell (100/200 Free, 50 Breast), Riley Spurling (50 Free, 50 Fly); 11-12 boys, Avery Miller (100/200/500 Free, 50/100 Back, 50/100 Breast, 50/100 Fly, 100/200 IM); 13-14 girls, Paige Sheridan (50/100/200/500 Free, 100/200 Back, 100 Breast), Audrey Land (100 Fly); 15-18 girls Gilly Grigsby (500 Free, 100 Breast), Emma Peugh (200 Breast), and Olivia Fiorino (50/100/200 Free).

RCA Firecracker Results

We had a fun, but very hot weekend swimming long course meet in Cape Girardeau! We were able to add Audrey Land to our Ozark Championships team at the end of July with her first BB time cut!

12 New Waves Records
11-12 Girls: Emma Tugwell – 200 Free, 400 Free, 50 Back; 13-14 Girls: Paige Sheridan – 50 Free, 100 Breast, 200 IM; 7-8 Boys: Isaac Miller – 50 Free, 50 Back, 100 Breast; 11-12 Boys: Avery Miller – 400 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Fly

19 – “BB” Times
Audrey Land – 50 Free; Paige Sheridan – 50/100/200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 IM; Emma Tugwell – 200/400 Free, 50/100 Back, 50/100 Breast; Avery Miller – 50/100/200/400 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast

5 – “B” Times
Audrey Land – 100 Free, 100 Breast; Avery Miller – 50/100 Fly; Emma Tugwell – 50 Free

First 2019 Summer League Meet a Great Success!

The first meet of the 2019 Summer League swim season was held in Houston on Saturday. Forty-three Waves swimmers competed against swimmers from Houston, Seymour, and Marshfield.

Six new SCM team records were set: Josiah Spurling (9-10B) 25Fly; Audrey Land (11-12G) 100IM, 25Fr, 25Fly; Avery Miller (11-12B) 25Fly; Addie Peugh’s (11-12G) 25Back

Waves High Point Winners were: Gwen Fiornino 9-10G; Audrey Land 11-12G; Avery Miller 11-12B; Emma Peugh 13-14G; Jake Bramwell 13-14B; Hannah Davis 15-19G


West Plains Greenhouses Fundraiser

Saturday, April 27th 9:00am – 5:00pm

Waves Swim Club invites you to come out and help raise funds for our team!


Join us at West Plains Greenhouses, 1299 County Road 8690 West Plains, MO, on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. to shop their amazing selection of plants. Owner, Lisa Cropper, is graciously donating 20% of the day’s sales to support our athletes!

Waves swimmers will be on hand to carry out merchandise and tips are appreciated, but not required. The money raised will help fund swim meets, our summer league, help with fees/dues, team equipment, practice facilities, and to continue to teach technical development and personal improvement.

We hope to see you there!

Aquatic Center Renovations

The City of West Plains has announced plans to repair the West Plains Aquatic Center which will result in the outdoor pool being closed through the summer of 2019.

City Announces Aquatic Center Renovations


The Good News:

1. We WILL still have 2019 Summer Swim League! Our friends at MSU have graciously allowed us use of the Civic Center pool for summer practices. Our neighboring communities have opened their arms to us, which has given us several options for nearby venues for our Saturday meets!

2. The Aquatic Center pool being repaired ensures many years of summer league for our community.

3. We can still have a great summer season! The coaches and board are committed to a making this the best summer season possible!