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Job ‘Wells’ done

Youth swimmer collects 6 medals at Far Western

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POSTED April 10, 2014 12:41 a.m.

MORGAN HILL – Ty Wells stood poolside, cooled by the shade of a pop-up tent.

Even when he comes in from the sun, the Ripon Aquatic dynamo finds a way to shine. Around his neck hung six medals, each one fanned out across his chest as he posed for a picture.

Yes, Wells, an eighth gradder at St. Anthony’s, is a special breed.

From more than 1,500 elite youth swimmers at the Far Western Championships, Wells separated himself with an impressive medal haul. Competing in the 13-14 age group, Wells collected six of swimming’s prized pursuits, including two firsts.

His victories came in the 100 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle.

Wells flirted with a sub-minute performance in the 100 breast, touching the wall in 1:00.08. He recorded a winning time of 22.10 in the 50 free.

He was second in the 100 butterfly, clocking a 52.11, and seventh in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.67. He also had a pair of ninth-place showings in the 200 individual medley (2:01.80) and the 100 free (49.67).

Wells has been swimming with Ripon Aquatics’ year-round program for three years. He is coached by Erik Zador.

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