Rails Top Hoover in 90-79 Win!

It’s been a long few years for the Lincoln swimming seniors and juniors. The seniors haven’t beaten the Huskies since they were freshman, meanwhile the juniors have never have won against their heated rival.

But that all changed Tuesday night (9/25).

The Rails came out swinging from the first event, winning the 200 Medley Relay. But Hoover countered with 1st, 3rd and 4th places in the 200 Free to bring the meet to a tie. Ultimately it was a battle to the end, as the Rails and Huskies changed leads six times during the meet, but the Rails came out on top!

The teams swam well and below are just a few highlights from the meet:

  • The 200 Free Relay (Purscell, Song, Contreras, Greenwood) earned a new season best time
    of 1:47.78
  • Taking 1 and 2 in the 100 Fly. Great job Autum Song and Valeria Santiago
  • Earning 1, 2 and 3 in the 100 Breaststroke. Congrats Ane Skartvedt, Autum Song and
    Olivia Simpson!
  • Emilie Skartvedt’s split in the 400 Free Relay was a new personal best of 1:02.82
  • Valeria Santiago’s split in the 400 Free Relay was also a new personal best – 1:06.74

The team ends their long stretch of meets with three victories, bringing their record to 7-3 on the season and tied for first place in the Metro Conference.

The divers head to S.E. Polk on Thursday (9/27) for a dive-only meet. The whole team next competes against Roosevelt in their last home meet Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 5:30PM. More details about the meet and Senior Night will be posted online Monday (10/1).



Meet The Seniors: Evan Chidley

We’d like to indroduce our second senior in the Meet The Seniors series. These posts offer a great chance for all of our fans to see what wonderful (and spunky!) young ladies help lead our team.

Evan Chidley

Evan Chidley joined the team as a freshman and has been vocal member ever since! Her fun and outragous personality kept the team entertained during long practices and meets. Evan continues to lead by example her senior year as she pushes the team to swim with intensity, focus and passion. She swims the distance events and in the free relays. Learn more about Evan below.

Years on the team: 4
Years spent swimming: 7
Favorite Swimming Memory: I have a lot. Kelsey Edwards’ funny imitations, Megan LaSuer’s favorite pose, all the team’s inside jokes and swearing as I fell into the pool before my 200 Free during sophomore year!
Biggest Swimming Accomplishment: Hopefully it hasn’t happened yet! ;)
Favorite Win: LHS Invite 2012.
Favorite Swimming Quotes: Get in, get it done and get out!
Favorite Food From a Team Dinner: Chocolate covered strawberries (LaSuer), real tacos (Santiago) and the frozen s’mores dessert (Song). So good!
Message For the Team: Come to summer swimming!  It goes fast, enjoy it while you can.
Coaches’ Comments: 
“Evan has been a vocal leader on our team for all four years she has been here. Especially in the last two years, Evan has pushed herself to be a leader in off-season training and in all the in-season workouts, pushing her teammates harder and expecting the best out of them. We have been rebuilding this squad for three years, and I happy that someone like Evan has been part of it, helped with it, and is now able to see all that hard work pay off her senior year.” – Brayton Weber

“Evan has really grown into a strong leader since she started swimming. She’s always been a loud and vocal team supporter, but this year she’s really focused on getting the team motivated for meets. She strives for her best every time, even when she doesn’t feel like a race or a meet is coming together. That desire to succeed will greatly help her in the future and I’m excited to see what Evan has in store for the world outside of Lincoln.” 
– Tereca Weber

Additional High School Activities:
Varsity Track
Favorite TV Shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Awake, American Horror Story. I also like the movie Inception.
Future Plans: University of Iowa to study Biology
Last Comments: We’re probably one of the weirdest teams at Lincoln, but we’re also one of the best!

Rails Win Lincoln Invite!

The Lincoln High School girls team made history on Saturday (9/22), winning the invite for the first time in four years! Even after the long week, earning a win against North but a loss against Carroll, the team came together and had several great performances.

The meet started with diving early in the morning and the Rails came out on top by .45 of a point! Emilie Skartvedt won with her highest score ever, 331.90!

Swimming soon followed with a great swims by the Rails (and a few other schools too). Four invite records were broken: two by Lincoln (noted below) and two by Carroll (100 Fly and 200 Free Relay). Some meet highlights include:

  • Medley Relay (Harrison, Purscell, Song, Contreras) swam 1:57 and set a new LHS Invite record
  • Ane Skartvedt swam a great 200 Free race getting a new personal best of 2:15
  • Brittany Purscell’s 50 Free time of 25.45 earned her first place and a LHS Invite record
  • Autum Song swimming a new personal best in the 100 Fly – a time of 1:05.45
  • Jordan Greenwood dropping more time in the 500 Free to a 6:03 and getting second place. That’s over 30 seconds in two meets!
  • 400 Free Relay (Greenwood, Song, Harrison, Purscell) swam fast with a 3:59 and got first place!

Final Scores For The Meet
DM Lincoln: 538
Carroll HS: 497
Indianola: 372
Boone: 273
DM East: 239
Charles City: 204
Council Bluffs AL: 64 

This meet marks the first big meet the girls have won in a while. But their week isn’t done. They face Hoover on Tuesday (9/25) and are aiming for the win.

Drawing Results
We’re proud to announce the drawing winner – Warren Gleason! Thanks so much to all of our fans and alums that came to the meet. We’re so excited we could do the drawing and we’re already thinking of next year’s Invite prize.

Note: If the photos in the gallery are grayed out when you view them, click “View Full Size” to see them in color. Our gallery tool seems to be acting up.

Meet The Seniors: Torie Dotts

The high school girls team will be celebrating senior night in a couple of weeks. Leading up to their last home meet, we thought we’d do a Meet The Seniors series of posts on the website. It a chance for all of our fans to see what great young ladies help lead our team and have been with us through the years.

Torie Dotts

Torie has been an important piece of our team for a few seasons. She proudly earned the Spirit Award two seasons ago and shows it off while cheering on the Rails. She took up diving her junior season due to a shoulder injury and has greatly improved. Now she exclusively dives. Torie plans team activities, hosts parties and is all-around a champion of fun team activities. Learn more about her below.

Years on the team: 4
Years spent swimming: 7
Favorite Swimming Memory: Kelsey Edwards’ facial expressions!
Biggest Swimming Accomplishment: For Diving: Hitting a forward somersault! I finally did it! For Swimming: getting a 28.10 in the 50 Free.
Favorite Win: TBD. I want to be able to say Carroll, the Lincoln Invite or Hoover this year. Or all three.
Favorite Diving Quotes: Hand of Shame! And of course, shin fins. You’d have to be a diver to understand.
Favorite Food From a Team Dinner: Real Mexican tacos. Yum!
Message For the Team: Don’t let morning practices get you down. The breakfasts are totally worth it!
Coaches’ Comments: 
“Torie has always been someone on our team that could be relied on to do her best and give everything she has in both swimming and diving. She has been an asset to our program for four years, both through her leadership and dedication” – Brayton Weber

“Torie never gives up. She’s always willing to try again, to correct a dive position, to stay a little late. Her determination to succeed is something I really admire about Torie. I’m excited to see how far she’s come, not only in diving, but in becoming the accomplished adult she is today.”  – Tereca Weber

Additional High School Activities: Drumline and the Ambassadors Program at Park Ave.
Favorite TV Shows: Any and all crime TV shows like C.S.I., etc.
Future Plans: To attend college for a degree in counseling or therapy.
Last Comments: We’re all weird! You’ll just have to get over it.

Rails Win 105-74 against North

The high school girls team tackled their first big meet of the week with a win last night (9/18). The team swam solidly to beat North by over 30 points. The team is already looking ahead to their next opponent, tough and long-time rival Carroll, and the Lincoln Invite on Saturday.

But first, here’s some highlight swims from last night’s meet:

  • Ane Skartvedt swam a 2:21 200 Free and took first. She’s only swam it twice!
  • Valeria Santiago got a new season best in the 200 IM with a time of 2:44.
  • Olivia Simpson swam to a first place finish in the 50 Free with her time of 28.10
  • Jordan Greenwood swimming her first 500 Free in a strong time of 6:34.
  • 200 Sprint Relay (Song, Simpson, Contreras, Skartvedt) had a season best time of 1:51
  • Abby Harrison swam a 1:10.72 in the 100 Back, marking a new season best for her.

Congratulations Rails!

Carroll Meet Details
The team travels to Carroll on Thursday (9/20) to go against their long time rival. The girls will be getting out of school a little early to make the bus which will depart at 2:00PM. Read more for full travel details and learn more about the rivalry history between Carroll and Lincoln.

Lincoln Invite Details
The annual Lincoln Invite is this Saturday (9/22). This year we’re doing something different and offering a prize to one lucky fan. We’d love for it to be a Lincoln one, so we’re hoping to pack the stands with maroon and gold.

Plus – we’re making the Lincoln Invite our annual Alumni Meet, where we recognize our past swim alums.  This year if you’re a LHS alum wearing some Lincoln Swim Gear from the past, you’ll get an extra free ticket to the raffle. Be sure to read more about the meet and the full raffle details.

Big Dual Meet in Carroll On Thursday

The Rails will be making the long drive to Carroll on Thursday (9/20) for what could be the biggest dual meet of the year. This is long-standing rivalry has the girls fired up and ready to swim tough. See more about the rivalry below and get directions to the meet. Don’t forget to wear your FAN T-SHIRTS. You can also check out the event on Facebook and share it with friends and family.

The girls will be dismissed at the same times as the Ottumwa Meet. The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m.

Remember, Carroll does not swim at their high school. They swim at their local rec club. You can also map it.

  1. Get on to I-35 N
  2. Take exit 111B, US-30 West towards Ames/Iowa State
  3. Keep straight on US-30W (it will also be known as US-169/220th St)
  4. Turn Right onto N. Grant Road.
  5. Address: 716 N. Grant Road 

Rivalry History
When Coach Weber took over the program in 2005, the Rails were a young team. Carroll beat Lincoln handily by almost 100 points. But a year later, we were a much stronger and faster team. We went to Carroll and had a fantastic meet. But the time Carroll huddled up after the 50 free, it was too late. With outstanding performances, the Rails won a close one – coming down to the 400 Free Relay and the .10 second touch to victory. Lincoln won a total of three straight.

In 2009, the Rails large senior class was gone and we had to rebuild the program with young athletes. Carroll, meanwhile, was a strong and deep team. They won the next three years straight – 2009, 2010, and 2011.

That brings us to this year! If Lincoln can get a win, it will be the first time the current seniors have ever beaten Carroll. It will be the first time in three years the Rails come home with a victory. And it could keep the winning streak going for more regular season meets!

Let’s go Rails!

Lincoln Invite: 100+ Swimmers, 7 teams & One $100 Prize

The annual Lincoln Invitational is this weekend (9/22). And it’s going to be an exciting one!

This year, we’re formally dedicating the meet as our first annual alumni meet. We’re inviting all of our Lincoln Swimming alums to come back and cheer on the latest class of swimmers. To add to the fun, we’re inviting our club families and other supporters to come out too. Plus – all fans attending the meet will have the chance to win a $100 gift card to Scheels! More details on that are below.

It’s a big meet for the team this year, especially for the seniors, because they’ve never won the LHS Invite. The Rails have taken second, second and third the last three years, so this is the seniors last chance at a victory. In fact, it’s a big week for the seniors, read more to find out why.

With more teams attending the Invite than ever before, we’d love to pack the stands with maroon and gold! Especially because we’re doing the raffle at the meet for the first time ever and it’d be great for a Lincoln fan to win. So come on out, wear maroon & gold, and see what a fun and exciting atmosphere a high school meet can be. Maybe you’ll even win a prize!

Meet Details
Diving will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Swimming will being at 11:30 a.m.

The diving portion of the meet is free and the swimming portion is only $5/adult to get in.

Full Raffle Details

  • Each fan coming to the swimming portion of the meet will receive one free raffle ticket.
    EX: Family of four comes to the meet, four tickets are given at the door to that family.
  • Lincoln Swimming alums wearing old LHS team apparel will receive an extra free ticket at the door. We’d love to see those vintage team t-shirts or sweatshirts! It doesn’t matter if it’s from 2007 or 1977, wear it and get a free raffle ticket.
  • Better your chances of winning by buying additional tickets for $2/piece or $5 for 4 tickets.
  • Receive two free tickets when you buy a FAN T-SHIRT. They are $13 a piece.
  • Write your name and phone number on each ticket so we can contact you if you win. Please write clearly.
  • The raffle will be open until the athletic office staff working at the door leaves. This is about 2 hours.
  • The raffle will be drawn after the meet. However, not necessarily immediately following. We need to clean up, print results, hand out medals, etc. We will try to draw a winner as soon as we can.
  • We’ll call the winner immediately after drawing.
  • The winner will have 24 hours to contact us (if we have to leave a message) to claim their prize. Otherwise, we’ll draw a new winner.

We’re very excited to be able to do something fun at our invite for the first time. We plan to do something each year to recognize our fans and our alums. From t-shirts to gift cards, we hope to make the invite a meet every Rails Swimming fan will want to see, year after year.

Go Rails!

Four Meets in 8 Days, Seniors Have Big Goals

Next week marks a big week for the senior class of the high school girls team. With four meets in eight days, the girls will be stepping up as leaders and hoping to make some personal (and team!) swimming history.

Tuesday (9/18): Rails vs. North
This class of seniors have never lost to North High School, despite a close nine-point win last year. They don’t want to start now! Swimming at home, the girls will be aiming to have a clean sweep of the Polar Bears for their entire high school career. Plus, they’ll be helping the team save energy and momentum for the next dual meet, a big one against Carroll.

Thursday (9/20): Rails vs. Carroll
The seniors have never beaten Carroll, despite some strong swimming efforts in the past. They hope to walk away with a victory against this long-standing rival to cap off their senior season. It won’t be easy – but Rails are ready to make the 2-hour drive to Carroll and come home with the win. All of the seniors have a big role to play like Evan Chidley’s 500 Free, Autum Song’s 100 Fly, and Torie Dott’s anchoring some relays. Travel details and the history behind the rivalry will be posted Tuesday (9/18), so be sure to check back.

Saturday (9/22): Lincoln Invitational
This year’s LHS Invite is a special one! We’re formally dedicating it as our annual Lincoln Swim Alumni meet and we’ll be doing a raffle for a prize. Prize details will be posted on Monday (9/17). Plus, we’ll be inviting our club families, high school boys families and all fans to come out for the meet. We want a huge crowd cheering for the Rails because it’s another first for the senior class – a chance to win the invite! We’ve taken second, second and third at our invite the last three years. But this year – we’re going after first place!

Tuesday (9/25): Rails vs. Hoover
It’s been a few years since the Rails last pulled off a win against the Huskies. In fact, the senior class were freshman when we last won. But they want to end the long week by leading the team to back-to-back-to-back dual meet victories! The team will be at Hoover, so there won’t be any diving advantage. It will all come down to who’s faster in the pool. With all of the team’s training and dedication, we’re planning on “W” for Lincoln!

As you can see – it’s an intense eight days! We’d love to see our fans out cheering for the team. Individual stories will be posted about the meets as noted above and, of course, we’ll be posting our results here online. If you can’t make it, follow along on Twitter @Railswimming to get a sense of the action. You don’t need an account on Twitter to see our tweets, just go to www.twitter.com/railswimming.

Go Rails!

Rails Have Team Tie Dye Event

Last year the team began a new tradition of creating t-shirts. Everyone did puffy paint last year, and while the shirts were great, the time committment to make them wasn’t.

So this year – the t-shirt tradition evolved into using tie dye! Tie dye is a much quicker (though more messy) process, that still allows for personalization, creativity and team bonding. Some girls plan to still add their names to their shirts with bandanas and puffy paint or iron-on letters.

Everyone was having too much fun to snap a bunch of photos. But next year should be even better now that we’ve had some practice! We hope to take a few photos of the finished products and will share them when we do. So stay tuned!

Interested in trying tie dye? Here’s some tips:

  • Clearly mark your small spray bottles as you put the powdered dye in. Otherwise dark blue and purple (or orange and yellow) may look the same.
  • Have all your materials close at hand so you can mix all of the colors up and get ready to tie die quicker.
  • Don’t forget salt!
  • Wet your shirt (shorts, chamois, etc) in advance of folding for your design, it will help it keep the proper shape when you rubber band.
  • Have fun with the design! You can create stripes, swirls, double swirls (or triple!), stars, hearts, waves and more.
  • Rubber band the sections of your shirt where you want colors to go. Dedicate an entire section to a single color for traditional tie dye results.
  • Put some dye in the folds. Don’t just cover the top layer of cloth. Don’t forget the back.
  • Don’t over-dye. If you saturate every square inch of the fabric (folds and all), there won’t be any white to help with the design. A happy dye medium is key!
  • Plastic wrap the final results and let them sit over night. Be sure you don’t have the colors touch each other inside the wrap, or you’ll have them bleed together where you don’t want them too.
  • The next day, rinse out throughly in a sink. The first couple times you wash (and dry) your tie dye items, you may want to do them solo. Otherwise you could dye other clothes!

Here’s a couple finished products!

Emma Edwards’ T-Shirt

Club Swimming Registration Open

Just a reminder, club swimming registration is open until October 8th. That’s just over a month left to get your young swimmers signed up for swimming!

On the registration form, you’ll chose your practice time. Remember, advanced classes are only open to those approved by the coaching staff. Also – practices are capped to prevent overcrowding in the pool. So to guarantee your practice time, register at the South YMCA as soon as you can!

We’ll have an informal open house on October 10th in the Lincoln Commons at 6:00 p.m. so you can meet the coaching staff and pay for/pick up optional team suits, goggles, and more.

Club Swimming is a great way to get involved in the sport. The only requirement is that the swimmer be able to swim one length of the pool or 25 yards.


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