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Swimmers Competing Well In Events

October 2, 2012
Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Emmetsburg swimmers have kept busy in the last two weeks with the Algona Swim Team. The squad tied for fourth place on Sept. 22 at the Polar Bear Invitational in Des Moines, scoring 142 points.

Finishing second was Hannah Priest in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke, while Maddie Stubbs earned third place honors in the 100 butterfly.

Earning fourth place were Nicole Kkenne in the 200 free, Maddie Stubbs in the 200 IM and the 200 medley relay team of Alyssa Williams, Maddie Stubbs, Hannah Priest and Erica Carlson. A fifth place finish went to the 200 free relay team of Stubbs, Carlson, Williams and Priest as well as the 400 free relay team of Carlson, Emma Plathe, Leah Hamilton and Kenne.

Leah Hamilton took sixth in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, while Nicole Kenne was sixth in the 100 free and Alyssa Williams finished sixth in the 100 backstroke.

Emma Plathe finished eighth in the 100 free, as did Micheala Christian in the 500 free, Erica Carlson in the 100 back and Abnby Strohman in the 100 breaststroke.

A ninth place finish went to Emily McMahon in the 200 IM along with Emma Plathe 50 free and Conner Yi in the 100 fly.

"We had a good meet, with some personal best times and placed someone on the medal stand in every event which we had never done before," noted Coach Jim Fisher.?"Leah Hamilton swam the 500 free for the first time and placed which is good. Everyone seems to think they cna't do it until the first time, but I tell them that they do it in warmups everyday."

The action continued on Sept. 27 when the squad competed at Storm Lake against Spencer and Storm Lake. The team dropped a double duel losing to Spencer 29-65 and to Storm lake 41-53.

Hannah Priest won the 100 breast stroke overall and had an overall second in the 50 free and Maddie Stubbs took second place overall in the 200 IM and the 100 fly.

The 200 Medley relay team was second against both Spencer and St. Lake. the team was Alyssa Williams, Hannah Preist, Maddie Stubbs and Erica Carlson.

Other second place finishes against Storm Lake were earned by Nicole Kenne in the 200 free, Emma Plathe in the 100 free, as she set a Personal Best Time in the event.

The 400 free relay team of Mackenzie Wilson, Leah Hamilton, Erica Carlson and Nicole Kenne also finished in second place.

"We seemed to struggle all night long with closing out and finishing one spot better than the girl in the lane next to us, especially against St. Lake," admitted Coach Fisher. "We would hold a slight lead and then lose it in the last 15 yards."

The Algona Swim Team will compete again this Thursday, Oct. 4, when they travel to Boone for a double duel with Boone and Newton. Boone only defeated Algona by five points in their first meeting, giving the Algona swimmers added incentive for the meet.

"Hopefully we can bring a better effort and get them this time," Coach Fisher said. "We did have some bright spots in that meet, as Casey Harms recorded a personal best in the100 back and the 400 free relay team cut 13 seconds from their time."



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