Men’s State Meet Tips & Tricks

We love seeing our fans at State supporting the guys. But the State meet can be a crazy atmosphere so we’ve shared some tips and tricks to help out!

The state meet starts Saturday (2/13) at 12:30PM.

Admission is $10 and tickets can be bought in advance from the LHS Athletic Office while supplies last. Getting tickets early will be a big help Saturday because you’ll be able to enter the pool area right at 11:00AM. Otherwise, you’ll need to wait for tickets to go on sale at 11:00AM before entering the pool.

The state swimmers 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.

Official Rules & Information from the Association

The general public will be admitted into the facility through the northwest pool doors at 11:00 a.m. 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. 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.

You must have a ticket to gain entry into the natatorium. 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.

Rails Take 5th at Jim Voss Invite

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Calm before the storm

The Varsity men’s swimmers traveled to the Cedar Rapids Invite on Saturday (1/16). This invite is a great one for the team to attend because several teams that the guys don’t normally swim are there. This added competition pushes the team and prepares them for the District meet where state qualification happens at a state-wide level.

This meet started out a bit differently. The guys met for a warm-up at Lincoln followed by breakfast before boarding the bus. The added warm-up helped the team do well at the meet! Most guys saw their swims return to close to (or even beat) their season best times. The biggest achievement of the day was that the guys broke the 100 point mark for the first time since going to this meet and took 5th place overall. See more meet highlights below.

Meet Highlights
Below are a few meet highlights from the Voss Invite.

  • Miguel Espinzona’s 2:03.59 200 Free was just .31 of a second from his season best time
  • Sam Whitlatch had a season best 50 Free time, 26.19 (-.34 of a second)
  • Cooper Worth swam his fastest 100 Fly again, 58.12 and took 7th
  • Christian Belden took 7th in the 100 Free with a 51.30, just .06 off his season best time
  • 200 Free Relay (Belden, Clark, Worth, Pacini) took 5th overall with 1:35.73
  • Devin Greenwood swam 59.90 in the 100 Back and finished 8th
  • Griffin McCollough dropped had a new season best time in the 100 Back, 1:06.23 (-.57 of a second)
  • Tyler Whitehead took second overall in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:07.15
  • 400 Free Relay (Belden, Worth, Pacini, Greenwood) swam 3:31.14 and took 4th
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Post-meet meal

Meanwhile the Junior Varsity guys had their LAST Saturday practice of the season! These guys are entering the final week of their taper to be fully rested for the Metro Conference Championship Meet.

Up Next
2015 CIML Metro Championships | Saturday, 1/23: Lincoln hosts the Metro Conference Championship meet this year! The meet starts at 12:00PM and should be a fun one. All swimmers who are not on the District line-up (all JV and some Varsity) guys are fully tapered for this meet, so we should see some awesome improvements in times. Help us pack the stands with maroon and gold and cheer the Rails on during championship season! Don’t forget, you can pay for your conference shirts in advance to guarantee your size(s).

 

Men’s Swimmers End Season 7-1

The high school men’s team had their last dual meet of the season on Thursday (1/14) when the Rails hosted 12th ranked Roosevelt at home for senior night. While the Rails had their highest power ranking of the season (981 points), they ultimately fell to the Riders 58-112.

The meet started with the guys taking a very close second in the Medley Relay. There were several good swims along the way including several second and third place finishes. Loading all three relays also allowed the guys to prepare for the post-season meets and they succeeded in getting their fastest times of the season in two of three!

See some meet highlights below.

Meet Highlights
These are just a few of the meet highlights from Senior Night. Great swims Rails!

  • Medley Relay (Greenwood, Whitehead, Belden, Worth) had their fast time of the season, 1:45.97
  • Drew Garrett had a season best time in the 200 IM, 2:29.67
  • Devin Greenwood had two second place finishes and two season bests – 50 Free (24.26) and 100 Back (59.70)
  • Senior, Zach Froehlich, had a season best time in the 50 Free 28.36
  • Cooper Worth had a season best time in the 100 Fly with a 58.95
  • Senior, Christian Belden, took first place in the 100 Free with his time of 51.24
  • Davide Pacini, senior, finished third in the 100 Free, 53.34
  • Miguel Espinoza took third on the 500 Free with 5:42.56
  • Chris Lefebvre, senior, had his best lead-off time, 32.72, in the B Sprint Relay
  • Christian Thongvanh, senior, anchored the B Sprint Relay in 31.91
  • Senior, Caleb Meyer, had a personal best time in the 100 Back with a 1:13.79
  • Tyler Whitehead’s 100 Breaststroke time of 1:07.13 earned him 2nd place
  • Sam Whitlatch had a season best time in the 100 Breaststroke, 1:21.73
  • 400 Free Relay (Pacini, Greenwood, Worth, Belden) had a season best time of 3:29.54

Senior Night
Congratulations to our seniors! These guys are wrapping up their last season as a swimmer for the Rails. It’s been a pleasure working with all of them. Read more about each senior by clicking on their name.

Photos
Below are just a few photos from the meet. Enjoy!

Up Next:
Jim Voss Invite | Saturday, Jan. 16: The Rails travel to CR Wash! This invite is a chance for the guys to compete against some of the best schools in the state in preparation for the post-season. Good luck!

Rails Win vs. Indianola 109-61

The Rails made their way to Indianola for the first meet back from the winter break. The guys trained hard for two weeks and it paid off with another win! The Rails beat Indianola 109-61 and are now 7-0 on the season. See more meet highlights below.

Meet Highlights
Several guys had great swims at the meet. Below are just a few meet highlights.

  • Medley Relay (Greenwood, Whitehead, Worth, Belden) took first with 1:46.55, a season-best time
  • Nicholas Worthington’s 200 Free time of 2:04.60 was a personal best
  • Javier Santiago had a new best time in the 200 IM with his swim of 2:22.47
  • Cooper Worth had a season-best time in the 50 Free, 24.31 (as lead-off in the 200 FRR)
  • Devin Greenwood had a personal best 100 Free, 53.65
  • Nicholas Worthington’s 5:44.24 500 Free was also a personal best
  • The 200 Free Relay (Pacini, Belden, Worth, Clark) swam a 1:34.93
  • Brayden Clark had a personal-best time in the 100 Breaststroke, 1:11.12
  • Ryan Jump’s 1:21.91 100 Breaststroke time was a season best.
  • The 400 Free Relay (Belden, Greenwood, Worth, Pacini) swam a 3:32.76

Up Next
Rails vs. Roosevelt | Thursday, January 14; 5:30PM: It’s time for Senior Night! The guys will face their toughest opponent of the season on Thursday when the Riders come to the roundhouse. The Rails will be aiming for faster seeds heading into Regionals, while also wishing our senior class farewell. Go Rails!

Rails Now 6-0 After 10 Point Win Over East

The Rails traveled to East on Thursday (12/17) to face their long-time rivals in the last swim meet of 2015. Both squads were undefeated, making for an intense, exciting meet!

Following the 50 Free, the Scarlets were leading by 2 points. After a strong 100 Free and 500 Free by Lincoln, the Rails led by 8 points at the second break. During the 100 Back and 100 Breaststroke, the Scarlets cut that lead to just 4 points going into the last relay. But the Rails finished strong, taking 1st and 3rd to ultimately win 90-80!

That means the guys remain undefeated with a 6-0 record, heading into their two week break from meets. See more meet highlights below.

Meet Highlights
Several guys had great swims at the meet. Below are just a few meet highlights.1915267_971491556244837_3313813950528588684_n

  • Davide Pacini won the 200 Free in 1:57.08
  • Javier Santiago had a new best-time in the 100 Fly with his swim of 1:02.77.
  • Reese Virdin also had a personal best in the 100 Fly, 1:05.31
  • Rails take first (Belden – 52.29) and second (Pacini- 52.66) in the 100 Free
  • Miguel Espinoza’s 500 Free earned him first place with a personal best time of 5:37.05
  • The 200 Free Relay (Worth, Clark, Pacini, Belden) swam a 1:34.93
  • Devin Greenwood took second in the 100 Back with a 59.75
  • The 400 Free Relay (Worth, Greenwood, Pacini, Belden) swam a 3:30.76
    • Congrats to Gabe McCollough who earned his Sub :60 t-shirt!

Up Next
Rails vs. Indianola | Thursday, January 7; 5:30PM: The Rails will be swimming against Indianola at the Indianola YMCA. This meet is the second to last dual meet of the year! We’d love to see another big showing of Rails fans as the guys defend their 6-0 record.

 

Rails MS Girls Dominate City Meet!

The Rails middle school girls team put on a dominating performance at the City Meet on Tuesday (12/8). The Rails were on the podium (which are the top six finishers) in all nine events, and 8 of those events had multiple Rails swimmers represented.

Historically the girls were averaging one person/relay on the podium in each event. Last year, the girls improved and averaged two podium appearances per event. Last night – the girls were even better with over 3 podium appearances per event! Read more about the impressive meet stats below, along with meet highlights. Plus, you’ll find photos and club swimming information (for anyone who’s not an SDMS swimmer).

Meet Stats

  • Of nine events, the Rails won SEVEN
  • Of 27 medals available (top three spots for nine events), Lincoln took home 17
  • Of the 49* podium spots (top six finishers), the Rails earned 29

These stats show the momentum that’s building for the Lincoln swim programs. It takes more than winning an event to win a dual meet or make it to state at the high school level. The depth shown in these stats also show the future of Lincoln swimming in the coming years. And it’s exciting!

Meet Highlights
The Rails truly showed the other schools that they mean business when it comes to swimming! They swam to showcase their skills and to represent how much the tradition of swimming on the Southside has grown over the last 10 seasons. With so many great swims, it’s harder than ever to recognize everyone. Below are a few of the great swims from last night. Be sure to check out the full meet results* as well to see just how awesome all of the Rails did!

  • The Medley Relay of Marquis, Lackmann, Dooley, and Sizemore won with a 2:07.77, an unbelievable time!
  • Catherine Dooley won the 50 Free in 29.00
    • The Rails took 1st-3rd in this event!
  • Kalani Mangin took first in the 50 Back with 34.69
    • Nice job to Courtney Meyer and Josie Helm, who both had times of 37 seconds
  • Ellie Sizemore’s 1:03.91 earned her second place in the 100 Free.
    • Diana Ward and Abigail Sealine took 4th and 5th respectively
  • Maddie Dowling took 2nd in the 50 Fly with 36.92
  • Chloe Marquis took first in the 200 Free with 2:11.45. She also won the 100 IM in 1:07.87
    • Anika Snow swam a 2:35.70 200 Free which earned her 4th!
  • Torin Lackmann won the 50 Breaststroke in a 35.91 over a fellow teammate Cat Dooley by just a few one-hundredths of a second
    • The Rails took 1st-4th place in this event with great swims by all the girls!
  • 200 Free Relay of Marquis, Mangin, Dooley, Sizemore swam a 1:56.09 to take first by over 8 seconds!
    • The Rails also had three other relays on the podium!

*Note: The meet started off a bit strange when most of the medley relays were disqualified. That is not an error in the results. Because of this, and two events only having five entries, there are only 49 podium spots available, instead of the expected 54.

Photos
Here’s a few photos from the meet. Enjoy! (Photo credit: A. Meyer)

SDMS Club Swimming
This meet marks the end of the 5 week middle school girls swim season. However, if your daughter is interested in swimming until February 22nd, she can join the club swim team exclusively for Southside families (includes Carlisle and Norwalk). Please contact Coach Weber for the prorated fee. Your practice slot would remain the same.

 

Rails Beat Ottumwa 119-49

The HS Men’s team hosted the Ottumwa Bulldogs at home on Thursday (12/3). The guys put on a dominating performance, winning 10 of 11 events and taking many second and/or third places too! The win puts the team’s win-loss record at 4-0 overall and 1-0 vs. conference opponents.

Meanwhile the guys are continuing to train hard, pushing themselves in every practice. The Rails hope to make school history this season and know that it will take a lot of hard work to get there.

Congrats to the guys on their win!

Meet Highlights
Below are just a few of the solid swims from last nights meet:

  • Medley Relay (Greenwood, Whitehead, Worth, Belden) had a season best time – 1:46.97
  • Davide Pacini won the 50 Free in 24.49
  • Zach Froehlich swam the 100 Free in 1:05.88, his personal best
  • Keylan Irvin’s splits in the 200 Free Relay (27.92) and 400 Free Relay (1:04.52) were personal bests
  • 200 Free Relay (Worth, Greenwood, Pacini, Belden) swam a 1:36.18
  • Griffin McCollough won the 100 Backstroke with 1:08.83
  • Tyler Whitehead had a season best 100 Breaststroke time, 1:06.49
  • Brayden Clark earned his Sub :55 shirt with his 54.54 split in the 400 Free Relay
  • The 400 Free Relay (Belden, Greenwood, Worth, Pacini) swam a 3:32.68, also a season best time.

Photos
Here are a few photos from the meet. To view them all, check out the team’s Shutterfly website. Log-in may be required to view and/or download photos. To get access to this site, please contact Kelli Worth.

 

Up Next
Rails vs. Hoover/North | Thursday, Dec. 10; 5:30PM: The Rails will be swimming against the combined Hoover/North team at home. This meet is already the third of only four home meets this season. We’d love to pack the stands with maroon and gold as we cheer on the guys to another victory and a 5-0 record!

Cedar Falls Invite | Saturday, Dec. 12; 11:30AM: This invite is for Varsity team members only. The guys will head to Holmes Middle School in Cedar Falls where they’ll be facing some stiff competition. This invite allows the guys to race against schools not normally found on the Rails schedule to help prepare them for the District meet. We’d love to see our fans there in big numbers (despite the drive)!

Rails Win Double Dual, Now 3-0

The Rails Men’s team won again in a double dual meet on Tuesday (12/1) vs. NCMP and Oskaloosa. The victory against strong NCMP and Osky squads puts the guys one step closer to achieving the goals they have this season. With the biggest team in over a decade, the guys really made a statement as they lined up for the national anthem, cheered for each other on deck and earned a pair of “W”s.

It was also great to see a ton of fans there to cheer on the team, including girls swimmers and parents. The cross-program support is amazing. Thank you to everyone who backs the Rails Swim programs!

Meet Highlights
As always, there were a lot of great swims. Below are just a few meet highlights from the meet:20151201_190633(0)

  • Medley Relay (Greenwood, Whitehead, Worth, Belden) swam a 1:48.80 to win vs. Osky and take 2nd vs. NCMP
  • Davide Pacini swam a 1:58.34 200 Free and took first
  • Javier Santiago had a personal best 1:03.55 100 Fly time (taking 3rd vs. NCMP & 2nd vs. Osky)
  • Christian Belden’s 51.87 100 Free earned him first place
  • Miguel Espinoza won the 500 Free with his time of 5:54
  • 200 Free Relay of (Espinoza, Clark, Pacini, Worth) won in 1:39.04
  • Devin Greenwood swam the 100 Free in 54.10 and the 100 Back in 1:02.20
  • Tyler Whitehead won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:07.26
  • Brayden Clark swam a fast 1:13.60 100 Breaststroke
  • 400 Free Relay of (Clark, Pacini, Greenwood, Belden) won in a 3:36.
    • Plus – Davide Pacini earned his Sub :55 Club shirt (and Sub :60 too).

Additional highlights can be viewed on the Rails Swimming twitter feed. No account needed.

Photos
Here are just a few photos from the meet. To view them all, check out the team’s Shutterfly website. Log-in may be required to view and/or download photos. To get access to this site, please contact Kelli Worth.

Up Next
Rails vs. Ottumwa | Thursday, Dec. 3; 5:30PM: The Rails will be swimming against the Ottumwa Bulldogs at home. With just four home meets this season, we’d love to pack the stands with maroon and gold as we cheer on the guys to another victory and 4-0!

Rails Top Carroll 102-67

The Rails had their first meet of the high school men’s season on Tuesday (11/24). Last year’s meet came down to the last relay and the Rails won. The guys were looking for a repeat and to start the season off with a win. And they did in a 102-67 victory!

Meet Highlights
The guys had some nice swims. Below are just a few highlights from the meet.

  • The Medley Relay (Greenwood, Worth, Pacini, Belden) in 1:48.69
  • Nicolas Worthington swam a 2:08.87 200 Free
  • Cooper Worth won the 100 Fly in 59.84
  • Christian Belden took first in the 100 Free with 51.69
  • Three guys earned their Sub :60 shirts – Brayden Clark, Riley May and Javier Santiago
  • Miguel Espinoza won the 500 Free in 5:46.74 and the 200 Free in 2:03.53
  • Gabe McCollough swam the 500 Free for the first time in a meet and went 5:56.71 (3rd place)!
  • Devin Greenwood and Davide Pacini both swim the 100 Back in 1:02 and take first and second respectively
  • The 400 Free Relay (Clark, Espinoza, Santiago, Greenwood) won the 400 Free Relay with a 3:46.91

Photos
Below are some photos from the meet! To view them all, check out the team’s Shutterfly website. Log-in may be required to view and/or download photos. To get access to this site, please contact Kelli Worth.

Up next
Rails vs. Newton & Oskaloosa | Tuesday, Dec. 1st; 5:30PM: The Rails have their first home meet of the season on Tuesday. The meet should be an exciting one, as Newton was a very strong team last season. However, the Rails are working hard to be 3-0 after Tuesday double dual meet.

Rails vs. Ottumwa | Thursday, Dec. 3; 5:30PM: The Rails will be swimming against the Ottumwa Bulldogs at home. With just four home meets this season, we’d love to pack the stands with maroon and gold as we cheer on the guys to victory!

Middle School Girls Swim Well Again!

The Middle School girls team had their last dual meet of the season on Monday (11/23)! This time the girls faced off with the Riders and, again, they did great! Check out the meet highlights below and several photos (courtesy of A. Meyer)!

Meet Highlights
Here’s a few meet highlights. Be sure to check out the full meet results too!

  • Rails took the top 4 spots in the 50 Free
    • Catherine Dooley, 28.73
    • Ellie Sizemore, 29.72
    • Kalani Mangin, 30.66
    • Josie Helm, 30.76
  • Torin Lackmann won the 100 IM with 1:16.76
  • Anika Snow swam the 100 IM in a fast, 1:25.14
  • Diana Ward won the 100 Free in 1:11.69 Meanwhile Abigail Sealine and Grace Laman took second and third respectively.
  • Ellie Sizemore won the 200 Free in 2:22.31
  • Courtney Meyer took second in the 200 Free with 2:34.36
  • Catherine Dooley out-touched Torin Lackmann by 1 one-hundredth of second in the 50 Breaststroke to take first place (adding to their friendly rivalry!)
  • The Rails also took the top three spots in both relays, the Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay.

Photos
Here’s some photos from the meet! Great job Rails!

Up Next
MS City Meet | Roosevelt High School, Dec. 8: This big meet marks the end of the middle school girls season! The girls will get the chance to earn medals and ribbons. Plus – the top 6 in every event will get to stand on the podium. We hope to win every event and fill the top six spots with as many Rails as possible. Good luck girls!

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