Swimmers Making A Spash In Competitions
ALGONA – The Algona/Emmetsburg/Estherville Lincoln Central High School Girls Swim team earned a split in a triangular meet Thursday night at the Algona Family Y. Algona dropped its match up with Spencer, but earned a win over the Charles City swimmers in the event.
“We kind of look at the Spencer program and try to go with them, which we did fairly well,” noted Algona Head coach Jim Fisher. “We had eight races where we pushed thier number two swimmer down to the wire, but unfortunately we were not able to finish and beat them. That is a swing of 16 points, but we were able to do that to Charles City which helped us earn the 29 point win.”
Coach Fisher was also pleased with the continued improvement of his swimmers’ times during the event as well.
“We dropped 13 varsity times on Thursday with six staying the same and only three times going up,” Fisher noted. “The junior varsity swimmers dropped three times from the last meet also, which is good.”
The biggest drop in time came in the 500 free which saw Nicole Kenne cut 10 seconds and Michaela Christian cut 30 seconds off their times.
Maddie Stubbs took off six seconds in the 200 IM and the 400 Free relay team comprised of Alysha Pettyjohn, Kendra Roethler, Emma Plathe and Amber Schacherer also took off sox seconds from their best times of the season, according to Coach Fisher.
Against Charles City, first place finishes for the local swimmers came from the 200 Medley Relay team of Alyssa Williams, Hannah Priest, Kendall Bosch and Stubbs. Nicole Kenne was first in the 200 and 500 Free.
Maddie Stubbs took first in the IM, while Alyssa Williams was first in the 100 Fly and the 100 back, with Hannah Priest taking first in the 100 Breaststroke.
Second place finishes came from Kendra Roethler in the 200 Free, Abby Strohman in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke, as well as Hannah Priest in the 50 free, Mackenzie Wilson in the 100 Fly, Erica Carlson in the 100 back and the 200 free relay team of Stubbs, Williams, Priest and Bosch and the 400 Free Team of Wilson, Carlson, Stubbs and Bosch.
“The girls have dropped 30 times in the last two meets which has made thier Power Points raise over 90 points and put them at 31st in the last Power Point Ratings,” Coach Fisher said proudly. “You don’t do that unless you are working hard. The girls have extended thier workout to 3500 yards in about 80 minutes which means they are really working hard and this is the result.”
“We had a nice crowd show up for our meet including several people who were attending a swim meet for the first time and a lot of students were there also. It means a lot to the girls for the support.”
After Thursday’s meet, the Algona/Emmetsburg/ Estherville Lincoln Central swimmers traveled to Charles City on Saturday for the Comet Invitational, where they finished sixth with 206 points.
Top finishers were Maddie Stubbs with a fifth in the 200 IM, while Erica Carlson took tenth in the 50 free and 100 backstroke,
Alyssa Williams earned sixth in the fly and eighth in the backstroke, while Amber Schacherer was tenth in the 100 free and Nicole Kenne earned ninth in the 500 free.
The 200 Medley Relay team of Alyssa Williams, Maddie Stubbs, Kendall Bosch and Amber Schacherer was fifth and the same quartet were seventh on the 200 Free Relay team, while The 400 Free Relay team of Mackenzie Wilson, Maddie Stubbs, Kendall Bosch and Amber Schacherer was seventh.
“Overall the girls performed well having 13 times beat their seed time which is good.” commented Coach Fisher.
The next action for the combined swim team will be this Saturday when they journey to Des Moines to compete in the Polar Bear Invitational at Des Moines North High School on Saturday, Sept. 24.