Swimmers Split Duel
SPENCER – The Algona Area High School Girls Swim Team traveled to Spencer and split a double duel on Monday night. Spencer defeated Algona Area by a 70-24 score, but Algona Area defeated Storm Lake by a 61-33 tally.
“Against Spencer we had seven second place finishes, which is still showing improvement,” commented Coach Jim Fisher. “The pool was warm and the deck was sauna-like, which really took the energy out of the girls but they came out and put up some good times.”
Second place finishes went to the 200 Medley Relay team and 200 Free Relay team of Alyssa Williams, Hannah Priest, Kendall Bosch and Maddie Stubbs and the 400 Relay team of Stubbs, Priest, Bosch and Nicole Kenne. Individual seconds went to Kenne in the 200 Free, Stubbs in the 200 IM, Bosch in the 100 Fly and Priest in the 100 Breaststroke. Hannah Priest also set a school record in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:17.06.
“Against Storm Lake all those seconds were first places along with Emma Plathe in the 50 free and Kenne in the 500 Free,” Coach Fisher noted. Second place finishes went to Williams in the 100 fly and backstroke, Erica Carlson in the 100 Free and Michaela Christian in the 500.
Monday’s meet saw team members set 12 new personal best times, including Joanna Wilson in the Junior Varsity 50 free, Amber Schacherer in the 200 free and Emma Plathe in the 100 free.
“I put some girls in different events Monday just to see what they could do and had some real nice surprises,” Fisher said. “This is the time of year that times are to be leveling off and people get tired but the girls are still focused on finishing the season strong. We travel to Perry next Monday to go against Perry and Des Moines Lincoln and we want to have success down there, because Perry beat us in the first duel of the season and Lincoln did not allow us to finish anything but third, so that will be a measure of how well we have improved.”
The Algona Area swimmers travel to Charles City for a quad on Tuesday, Oct. 18. “We want to finish second by beating Charles City and Vinton at the quad,” Coach Fisher said.
The team record stands at 4-6.