Great Falls CMR wins tight boys team race at Billings swim invite

BILLINGS – Ben Huotari won two races and swam the anchor leg on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team to help Great Falls CMR beat Bozeman at the Billings Swim Invite Saturday, the final meet before State.

Huotari won the 50-and 100-yard freestyles earlier in the day, and out-touched Bozeman by one-tenth of a second in the relay, which was the day’s final event. CMR won the team title with 81 points, while Bozeman finished second with 71.

Billings West was third at 59, with multiple event winners. Brayden Arnold won the 100-yard backstroke and the 500-yard freestyle, while Michael Van Keuern won the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard butterfly.

Bozeman rolled to the girls team title, winning eight of 11 races on their way to 117 team points. Senior finished second with 45, while West was third at 36.

Erin McKinney won both the 200-yard IM and 500-yard freestyle for the Hawks, who swept all three relay events.

Billings Central had two winners – Julia Peterson took the 50-yard freestyle, while Katelyn Anderson the 100-yard backstroke. Billings Senior’s girls won the 100-yard breaststroke.

Casey Conlon

Casey Conlon

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