Local Swimmers Enjoying Success
A group of Emmetsburg High School students are enjoying successes in the pool this season as members of the joint Algona High School Girls Swim team. The team is comprised of members from Emmetsburg, Algona, Bishop Garrigan and Estherville Lincoln Central schools. Swimming from Emmetsburg are Hannah Priest and Alyssa Williams.
The team hosted their very first home meet in Algona last Thursday, Sept. 16, and earned a split in the dual. They dropped to Spencer 72-25 and beat Charles City 62-36.
“It was a good night for the girls," said Algona Swim Coach Jim Fisher. "They have been practicing hard and really wanted to do good in front of the home crowd. and they did. They had 18 times that were season’s best times and two were the same as last week, and two were girls swimming an event for the first time."
Algona would score 25 points against Spencer in the dual, the best showing in the past couple of years, according to Fisher. Leading the way on Thursday against the Tigers was Hannah Priest with a first place finish in the 100 freestyle along with the 200 Free Relay team. A second place finish went to Nicole Kenne in the 200 Freestyle and the 400 Free Relay team.
In the dual with Charles City, Algona swimmers claimed first place finishes in eight events and second place honors in a pair of events.
“We came out and the plan was to beat the girl in the lane next to you from Charles City, and we did that,” Fisher explained.
All three of the Algona relay teams won first place honors in the dual with Charles City and also taking individual first place finishes were Nicole Kenne in the 200 free, Missy Zadow in the 100 breaststroke, Alyssa Williams in the 200 IM and Amber Schacherer in the 100 back and 100 fly. Second place finishes when to Abby Strohman in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Mackenzie Wilson in the 100 Fly, Hannah Priest in the 100 free and the 200 Free Relay team and Michaela Christian in the 500 free, and also improved her best time by :20 in the event.
The split on Thursday gives the Algona swimmers a .500 mark so far in the season. “The team has a 3-3- record in duel meets which is where we wanted to be at this point,”?Fisher said. “The next two Saturdays we are going to Invitationals where we want to continue to bring down our times.”
Swimming before a home crowd was also cited by Fisher. “ One thing the that was nice to see was the crowd and there were several who were seeing a swim meet for the first time and they really enjoyed it. It was nice for our seniors to have their first meet at home be successful.”
After the dual on Thursday, the swimmers traveled to Charles City on Saturday and earned several good finishes in the effort.
Hannah Priest would earn a fifth place finish in the 100 Freestyle event, while Alyssa Williams earned a seventh place finish in the 100 Fly.
The 200 Medley and 400 Free Relay teams both finished in eighth place while Abby Strohman finished ninth in the Fly. Earning tenth place finishes were Nicole Keene in the 200 Freestyle and Amber Schacherer in the 200 IM.
Overall, the Algona swimmers scored 200 points and earned a sixth place finish at Charles City.
The remainder of the Algona Swim Team schedule shapes up like this:
Sept. 25 at North Des Moines Invitational
Sept. 30 at Storm Lake vs. Storm Lake &Spencer
Oct. 11 at Spencer vs. Spencer &Storm Lake
Oct. 19 at Charles City Quad
Oct. 30 Regionals
Nov. 6 State meet
Photos courtesy of Linda Janssen