The Algona Area Girls Swim Team dropped a double duel to Spencer and Storm Lake on Thursday, Oct. 3, falling to Spencer by a 79-15 score and then falling to Storm Lake by a 61-33 tally.
"Against Spencer we just kept letting them go first and second and we just have to finish stronger," explained Coach Jim Fisher. "It was the same with Storm Lake. We just did not finish strong, but that happens with a young team. We have to be more consistent from meet to meet."
Top finishes against Spencer were Jessica Anderson in the 200 free at 2.20.96 and Maddie Stubbs in the 200 IM at 2.39.20.
WIM?HARD!?- Emmetsburg’s Michelle Goodman swims a leg in the 200 relay during action Monday night in a duel with Spencer and Storm Lake. The Algona area Swim Team would fall in the double duel by scores of 83-11 and 63-31. -- Dan Voigt photo
Against Storm Lake, Jessica Anderson was first and Stubbs was second. Other seconds included the 200 Medley Relay Team of Casey Harms, Abby Strohman, Maddie Stubbs and Emma Plathe with a 2.23.58; the 200 Free Relay Team of Sophie Curtis, Abby Strohman, Emma Plathe and Jessica Anderson in 2.04.86 and the 400 Free Relay team of Sophie Curtis, Maddie Stubbs, Jessica Anderson and Ashley Wille.
Second pace finishes went to Sophie Curtis in the 100 backstroke in 1.17.99 and Jessica Anderson in the 500 free at 6.30.29.
"There were eight season-bests, including personal best by Bridget Finley in the 100 backstroke, Dasha Hollinger in the 200 free and Morgan Lanndorf in the 500 free and Sophie Curtis in the backstroke," Coach Fisher noted.
The swim team dropped a double duel on Monday night to Spencer 83-11 and Storm Lake 63-31.
"It was not a good night score-wise, but there were seven girls swimming events for the first or second time this season, so they are learning what it takes to swim an event," noted Coach Fisher. "On the positive side, there were eight season's best times in the meet, even though we had to juggle our line up due to illness but it gave some girls an opportunity to get in and try some new events."
Highlighting the finishes for the squad as the second place finish of the 200 Free Relay team in 2.01.17 and the Medley relay team in 2.21.64 . Both teams consisted of Sophie Curtis, Abby Strohman, Emma Plathe and Jessica Anderson.
Emma Plathe and Bridget Finley tied at 31.16 in the 50 free, and Conner Yi finished the 100 fly in1.21.51. Sophie Curtis swam the 100 free in 1.05.27, while Casey Harms finished the 100 back in 1.22.51 and the 400 Free Relay team of Sophie Curtis, Ashley Willie, Bridget Finley and Jessica Anderson finished with a time of 4.40.88.
"Spencer finished first and second against us all night long, but we had some success against Storm Lake," Coach Fisher said. "Every meet is a learning experience for the team."