MS Girls take 48% of Top Spots!

The middle school girls team had their end-of-season City Meet at East on Tuesday (12/2). The conference-wide meet had swimmers from 5 teams – Lincoln, East, Hoover, North and Roosevelt. The Rails has more girls there than every other team combined!

The team swam great! While they didn’t have any first place finishes, the young Rails squad did take 48% of the Top 6 spots for the entire meet! That impressive stat makes it clear where future of Lincoln swimming is headed – deeper, faster & better!

Meet Highlights
With so many fast swims, we can’t recognize everyone. Here’s a few of the meet highlights:

  • Four Medley Relays in the Top 6, including the second place relay of Robel, Dooley, Marquis, Sizemore
  • 6th grader Ellie Sizemore placing second in the 50 Free, an event with 80 swimmers!
  • Three 100 IM swimmers in the Top 6, including another second place by a 6th grader, Chloe Marquis
  • 50% of the Top 6 in the 50 Back were Rails – Robel (2nd, 7th Grade), Mangin (5th, 7th Grade) and Niemeyer (6th, 6th Grade)
  • Again, 1/2 the podium was filled with Rails swimmers for the 100 Free! This time with all 6th graders – Marquis (2nd), Sizemore (3rd) and Feuling (6th)
  • Three 50 Flyers in the Top 6 were Rails, including Ella Worth who dropped a second off her seed time!
  • Dooley, Mangin, and Whipple took second, third and fifth place respectively in the 50 Breaststroke.
  • Two 200 Free Relays finished in the Top 6, including the second place relay of Benson, Mangin, Sizemore, Marquis

Be sure to check out the full meet results! And if you’re curious, you can view last year’s city meet results to compare the drastic improvements in the time the team had as a whole.

Great job everyone! Enjoy the rest of the club swimming season.

Go Rails!

Men’s Team Starts Season with a Win!

The Lincoln men’s team had their first meet of the season Tuesday (11/25) at home against Carroll. It proved to be an exciting one too. The meet had four lead changes, including a tie at one point! Heading into the 400 Free Relay, the teams were in a “winner take all” situation. The Rails prevailed, swimming a fast 3:37.02! That’s just a second off last season’s conference meet time!

Final Score
Lincoln: 91
Carroll: 79

Meet Highlights
The guys took home several first places and even took first, second and third in the 500 Free! While we can’t recognize everyone, here’s a look at a few meet highlights:

  • Medley Relay (Greenwood, Worth, Chidley, Blaylock) took first with a 1:48.93
  • Cooper Worth took first place in both individuals, the 200 IM (2:17.73) and 100 Breaststroke (1:09.46)
  • Nick Worthington’s 6:03.25 500 Free time was over a minute faster than in practice a week ago! It also earned him third place!
  • Tom Chidley’s 100 Fly time of 58.63 took first place and is a second faster than his taper time last year.
  • 400 Free Relay (Greenwood, Chidley, Worth, Belden) was a 3:37.02. Belden anchored the race in a 51:03!

Up Next:
Lincoln vs. Ottumwa:
The Rails head to The Beach in Ottumwa on 12/4 to take on the Bulldogs. The guys are excited to keep their winning streak going! We’d love to see our fans make the drive and come cheer on the Rails!

Girls’ Team Celebrates at Team Banquet

The high school women’s team concluded their season with the team banquet on Monday evening (11/10/13).  The girls and their families all gathered to celebrate the hard work, a strong winning record, and sending events to the State Meet! After a delicious dinner (by Barratta’s), the girls were awarded their junior varsity or varsity letters. Following the letter presentation, team awards were announced. You can read more about each award and see photos below.

This year’s award winners are:

Most Valuable Player: Jordan Greenwood
Tom Cady Achievement Award: Valeria Santiago
Rookie of the Year: Jolynn Harris
Most Improved: Sara Bennett and Allison Kochheiser
Workhorse Award: Anna Dotts
Spirit Award: Jordyn DuBois
Team Captains: Abi Contreras, Valeria Santiago, and Ane Skartvedt 

Thank You!
The coaches would like to say a big thank you to all of our families and swimmers for our coaching gifts! It was a great pleasure to work with your daughters all season and we’re looking forward to the 2015 season already! We hope to see many of you and your daughters at the boys home meets this season. Go Rails!

Below are a just few of the 357 photos from the Regional swim meet. Parents can see them all on the swim team’s Shutterfly website. Just log-in. Contact us if you need access to the site.

Award Descriptions
Most Valuable Player (Outstanding Swimmer or Diver of the Year Award):
This award is given to a swimmer that displays team leadership and excellent swimming abilities.  Prior to 2005, the award was given only to swimmers who had been members of the team for at least two years. In 2005, the requirements were changed to allow a swimmer of any age displaying outstanding leadership skills and swimming ability to receive the MVP award.

Tom Cady Achievement Award: This award was created and started with the Girls Swim Team in 2007, 40 years after Tom Cady first became a Lincoln swim coach. It’s given out to a swimmer or diver that displays a year-long dedication to the sport of swimming, and thus a dedication to the Lincoln Swim Team.  This award recognizes a swimmer or diver for their dedication, not just their ability. This award was named after to Tom to thank him for his lifelong dedication to the sport of swimming and, more specifically, to Lincoln High School.

Rookie of the Year: This award is given to the best “rookie” of the season. It recognizes a team newcomer for their contributions made to the team including ability, dedication and success in competition. The award doesn’t have to be given to a freshman, but rather can be awarded to any swimmer who completed their first season on the team.

Most-Improved: This award can be awarded using two sets of criteria, the swimmer that improved the most during one season or the swimmer that improved the most from the prior season. Often, there is a winner using each set of criteria because both improvements deserve recognition and acknowledgement.

Workhorse Award: This award, simply put, is given to the athlete who works the hardest. They are at practice on time, don’t miss sets during practice, and don’t miss practices in general. They put a lot of effort into the season, and this award recognizes that hard work.

Spirit Award: This award was founded in 2006. Old warm-ups were found in the pool area, but one set was different from the rest and became the Spirit Award.  The award recognizes the swimmer who is the team’s greatest supporter. She motivates the other girls, cheers during meets, organizes social activities and more. This swimmer is often the glue that helps keep the team together during the long, tough season. The winner receives a plaque, their name embroidered on the warm-ups, and they add something of their own to the outfit. The entire Spirit Award collection is housed in a box that stays with the winner each season.

Team Captains: Team Captains are awarded at the end of each season by the coaches. Usually several captains are chosen throughout the season before each meet to motivate the team. In the past, being a Meet Captain was tied to that week’s performance and effort in practice. The Team Captains are the athletes that demonstrated great leadership ability throughout the season on a consistent basis. This year, we did something a little different and told the seniors that team motivation was their responsibility, as a result – all seniors earned the designation of Team Captain.

State Photos

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Don’t forget to view the state photos on Shutterfly! Parents can see them all on the swim team’s Shutterfly website. Just log-in. Contact us if you need access to the site.

Men’s Season Getting Underway

The 2014-15 Lincoln Men’s swim season is in full swing following the first official week of practices and a time trials meet held at Lincoln on Saturday, 11/15. The 2014-15 squad is the largest in over a decade at Lincoln, boasting 27 members on the team, many of which are rookies or second year swimmers.

The guys have continued to arrive each morning for 5:45am dry land workouts, and swim every afternoon after school, working harder each day to prove themselves. After a successful time trials meet, the team focuses on their first meet of the season on 11/25 at home against Carroll.

While many of the schools in the metro are taking a full 3 weeks before their first swim meets, Lincoln chose to schedule a tough non-conference opponent early on to test themselves and see what kind of season the team can work towards. The 2013-14 season ended with a 6th consecutive state trip for the Rails squad, and this year’s team has their eyes on even more heading to Marshalltown in February.

Up Next
Dual meet against Carroll at LHS, 11/25 at 5:30pm

State Meet Tips and Tricks

We’d love to see our fans at State supporting the girls. But the State meet can be a crazy atmosphere so we’ve shared some tips and tricks to help out!  The state meet kicks off Friday (11/7) at 5:00PM for diving. Admission is $10 for each portion of the meet. Wristbands will be issued instead of tickets and must be worn for the entire meet.

The state swimming qualifiers and coaches will leave Lincoln at 8:00 a.m. to be at Marshalltown by 9:00 a.m.  Fans will be let into the YMCA gym at 9:00 a.m. This is where the line will begin to form until fans are let into the pool area at 11:00 a.m. to get seats. Of course, fans may be lining up outside before being let into the gym. We’ve heard stories of families being there as early a 6AM! More official details can be found below.

Seating Tips & Tricks

Arrive early! Keep in mind State is PACKED! From the parking to the stands!  If you’d like to sit in a group, you must arrive early and stay together in the gym.  The coaches and state swimmers can’t save seats before the facility is open and you won’t be able to save seats for others that arrive later. Police officers and staff don’t allow it. Remember, thousands of people will be coming to watch the meet.

Head to the far side of the stands!  We encourage our parents and fans to sit on the opposite side of the entrance. So walk past the pool and go sit above the state swimmers. This strategy has worked well in the past.

Saturday Evening

Following the State Meet all fans and swimmers/divers are encouraged to meet up at Mezzodi’s on Fleur Drive. Everyone usually arrives straight from Marshalltown around 4:30pm. Even if you can’t make the drive to the meet, we would love to see you there!

The large gathering room has been rented so all parents, families and swimmers can sit together, relax, and celebrate a great day.

Official Rules & Information from the Association

The general public will be admitted into the facility through the northwest pool doors at 4:00 p.m. (Friday) and 11:00 a.m. (Saturday). Spectators will be allowed entrance into the Marshalltown Community Y’s gymnasium on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  Fans should enter through the gymnasium entrance of the Community Y (located just south of the main entrance). Spectators are expected to be respectful and behave responsibly while waiting for the facility to open. Click here to view a layout  of the Marshalltown Community Y. Spectators traveling in RV’s/Campers are expected to park them in the YMCA/YWCA East Parking Lot. NO GRILLS OR FIRES IN THE PARKING LOT. Cost is $10.00.

Wrist bands will be issued instead of tickets. Spectators MUST be wearing the wristband to gain entry into the natatorium. The wristband will allow entrance in and out of the Marshalltown Community Y. Anyone who leaves the building without a wristband will not be allowed back into the building unless another wristband is purchased. A reminder to spectators that smoking is not prohibited anywhere on the Marshalltown Community Y grounds. All contestants, managers and coaches must enter and exit the facility through the pass gate.

You can read the full memo to coaches and fans on the Iowa Girl’s High School Athletic Union website.

MS Girls Swimmers Gear Up for First Meet

The Middle School girls swimmers have been hard at work the past few weeks to get ready for the first middle school meet of the year! The team is made up of 67 swimmers of all abilities. It’s the largest squad in more than a decade! You can check out the full roster to view the class breakdown.

The girls will be taking on Roosevelt and Hoover on November 4th at Roosevelt. The meet starts at 5:30PM and warm-ups begin at 5PM.

Good luck Rails!


Rails Take 2nd at Conference Championship Meet

The Conference Championship Meet was held 10/22 (diving) and 10/23 (swimming). The meet was success for Rails swimmers and divers alike! Several athletes saw new personal and season bests. Plus, the Rails took second overall! Check out the recaps for each portion of the meet below.

Diving Recap
The diving portion of the meet featured four divers, two from Lincoln and two from Roosevelt. The Rails divers succeeded in hitting their best 11 dive scores for the entire season! In Haley Allen’s first 11 dive meet ever, she dove a 242 and earned the chance to dive at the Regional dive meet on 10/30/14.

Meanwhile Jolynn Harris took first place at the meet with a score of 446. She dove well enough to move to 13th in the State! But even better she broke two records – the LHS pool record for 11 dive (formerly 427) and the Metro Conference Meet record (formerly 405). Congrats to Jolynn!

Swimming Recap
The swimming portion the meet featured several swimmers getting best times! The girls, again, practiced their Regional events. Check out some of the meet highlights below:

  • The Medley Relay (Dubois, Skartvedt, Santiago, Bennett) had a season best time of 2.01.24
  • Jordan Greenwood’s 200 Free time 2:06.56 was a new season best and earned her a silver medal!
  • Valeria Santiago swam the 200 IM in 2:37.81, a new season best time
  • Jordyn Dubois’s 1:07.45 100 Fly time was her season best and earned her 5th place!
  • 200 Free Relay (Greenwood, Skartvedt, Bennett, Contreras) had a season best time of 1:47.10!
  • Jordan Hanson had a new personal best time of 1:11.90 in the 100 Back.
  • Allison Kochhieser’s 100 Breaststroke was a personal best time of 1:28.88!

Final Scores:
Roosevelt – 484
Lincoln – 329
Indianola – 305
Ottumwa – 239
East – 200
North – 176
Hoover – 164

Below are a just few of the great photos from the Conference Championship swim meet. Parents can always see the full array of photos from a meet on the swim team’s Shutterfly website. Just log-in. Contact us if you need access to the site.



Rails Dominate East in Final Dual Meet

The Rails took on East in the final dual meet of the year and won big! The team followed the same game plan as the week before – a Regionals focus to practice relays and individuals for the big meet. Again it paid off, since the team saw some of their fastest times of the year.

Final Score
Lincoln: 111
East: 59

Meet Highlights:
The meet had several fast swims, including some season bests. Plus – the Rails took first in 9 of 11 events!

  • Ane Skartvedt hitting a :32 breast split in the medley relay!
  • Relay members Jordan Greenwood, Ane Skartvedt, Sara Bennett, and Abi Contreras winning both free relays!
  • Anna Dotts dropping more time in her 500 and going a 6:24!
  • Jordan Hanson going her fastest 100 fly time ever with a 1.16!
  • Jordyn Dubois leading off the medley with a :32 in route to winning the 200 medley relay

The Rails ended the regular season with an overall record of 9-2 and a conference record of 5-1.

Below are a just three photos from the East dual meet. Parents can always see the full array of photos from a meet on the swim team’s Shutterfly website. Just log-in. Contact us if you need access to the photo site.

Meet The Seniors: Sheila Spahiu

We’d like to introduce our final senior in the Meet The Seniors series – Sheila Spahiu. If you weren’t able to attend Senior Night, these posts offer a great chance for all of our fans to see what wonderful young ladies help lead our team.

Sheila_1Sheila Spahiu
Sheila is a foreign exchange student from Albania. She has been a member of the team since the start of school this year. She lives with her host family in Norwalk and attends Norwalk High School. She also swam in Albania while growing up and wanted to give high school swimming in America a try!

Years on the team: 1 year

Favorite Part of Being on the Swim Team: Feeling good about swimming while in another country with American girls. The girls are fantastic and have made my two months here more beautiful. They’ve given be courage and helped me a lot.

SheilaCoach’s Comments: “Sheila is our first foreign exchange student on the swim team. It’s been a pleasure getting to know her, her host family and to learn more about Albania. I’m glad she’s enjoyed her time with us and know the other girls have benefited culturally from having her on the team. ”

-Brayton Weber, Head Coach

Future Plans: Attending a university for medicine

Last Comments: “Thanks girls. Thanks for everything you have done for me even in two months. I really like how I feel when I’m with you all. I feel like I am home.”


Meet The Seniors: Valeria Santiago

We’d like to introduce our third senior in the Meet The Seniors series – Valeria Santiago. Learn more about the swimmer who got her whole family involved! These posts offer a great chance for all of our fans to see what wonderful young ladies help lead our team.

Valeria_2Valeria Santiago

Valeria has been a varsity member of the Lincoln High School team for four years. She began with middle school and club swimming and soon had her two younger siblings involved on the club team too! Valeria has continued to see big improvements in one of the toughest events, the 100 Fly. Valeria has been the proud recipient of the Spirit Award in 2012 and 2013.

Years on the team: 4 years

Years spent swimming: 6 years

Favorite Win: Beating Carroll

Favorite Swimming Quote(s): “If you finish your race and you don’t get the place or time you wanted but you know you gave it your all and could give nothing more, then you have won.”

Message for the Team: Mornings are hard. Practices are hard. But winning is fun!

ValeriaCoach’s Comments: “Valeria is a motivator. She works hard in practice, works hard in the off-season, and encourages others to do better, push harder. It’s the reason she’s won the Spirit Award for two straight seasons. And she does it for more than just her high school teammates. She’s a great club coach for the younger swimmers for all those reasons too. She’s also strong swimmer in all four strokes. She’s getting faster and faster in the Fly and is swimming it as part of the “A” Medley this year. I know she’s got some big goals for the final meets of her career and I have a lot of confidence in her.”

-Brayton Weber, Head Coach

Additional High School Activities: Track and Science Bound

Favorite TV Shows: One Tree Hill

Future Plans: Attending ISU for college for Pharmaceutical Engineering and continuing to coach club swimmers for the SDMS Seahawks.

Last Comments: “Always listen to Brayton, he actually knows what he is saying!”




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