Austin swimmer competes in Megazone meet

Published 6:07 pm Friday, August 12, 2016

Logan Kelly is just getting started as a swimmer, but he made some big waves in his biggest meet to date in Indianapolis Aug. 4-7.

Kelly represented team Atlantis and team Minnesota at the USA Swimming Central Megazone meet and he finished in the top-15 in four of his events against some of the top swimmers in his age group. Kelly qualified for the meet by swimming at the Regional meet in Austin in July and swimming at the state meet.

Kelly took fifth in the in the 100-meter breaststroke at Megazone and he took 10th in the 50-meter backstroke.

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“It was a new experience,” Kelly said of the Megazone meet. “It was a little nerve racking at first, but once I swam the first two events I kind of got used to it.”

Kelly began swimming for the Austin YMCA team when he was eight years old. He was drawn to the sport when his older sister swam competitively.

“When I went to my sister’s meets I couldn’t sit still during the meets, and then I joined the next year,” Kelly said.

Kelly has competed in big Regional meets with the YMCA swim team and he also made his way into the varsity lineup for the Packer swimming team last season. Kelly, who will be an eighth grader in the fall, said that it was eye opening to compete against older swimmers.

“Last year was fun and it was a challenge. I hope to get into to the section finals this year,” Kelly said.

Kelly also competes in cross country and track and field for the Packers.

Team Minnesota had 225 swimmers at the Megazone meet and it finished fourth in team standings. Team Illinois finished first on the meet.

Here are Kelly’s placings and times in the eight events he competed in: 200-meter individual medley: (31st, 2:36.08); 200-meter freestyle relay: (14th, 1:55.19); 100-meter breaststroke: (fifth, 1:16.11); 400-meter medley relay: (14th, 4:46.24); 200-meter breaststroke: (17th, 2:52.29); 50-meter freestyle: (53rd, 29.43); 50-meter breaststroke: (10th, 35.44); 200-meter medley relay: (11th, 2:09.08)

Varity Wray-Raabolle also swam at the Megazone meet for Atlantis, which is coached by Mark Viniski.