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!”



Meet The Seniors: Jordan Greenwood

We’d like to introduce our second senior in the Meet The Seniors series – Jordan Greenwood. 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.

JordanJordan Greenwood

Jordan has been a varsity member of the Lincoln High School team for four years, after finding out she’d be swimming for Lincoln just a few days before the start of her freshman year! She commutes from Carlisle High School every day to be part of the team. Her younger brother is also a member of the Lincoln Men’s team. Jordan has been an important member of the team since joining the team and is a strong all around swimmer. She swam at state as a sophomore as the Medley Relay anchor.

Years on the team: 4 years

Years spent swimming: 7 years

Biggest Swimming Accomplishment: Swimming at state in 2012 and breaking the school record in the Medley Relay.

Favorite Win: LHS Invite

Jordan3Coach’s Comments: “Jordan is a closer! When the race is close, she puts her head down for the win, and normally gets it!  She has been a very versatile swimmer for us. Jordan began with the backstroke and IM while being strong in the sprint freestyle. Meanwhile the last two years, she’s really grown into a strong 200 Free and 500 Free swimmer. She’s a great swimmer and a great role model to all young swimmers. Heading into Regionals, she’ll certainly be a swimmer to watch!”

-Brayton Weber, Head Coach
Additional High School Activities: Track

Future Plans: Attending ISU or Simpson for college and majoring in early childhood education

Last Comments: “Enjoy every single moment that you have on this team because it’s over in the blink of an eye!”



Meet The Seniors: Abi Contreras

We’d like to introduce our seniors in the Meet The Seniors series. These posts offer a great chance for all of our fans to see what wonderful young ladies help lead our team.

Abi Contreras

AbiAbi has been a varsity member of the Lincoln High School team for four years, and swam on the middle school and club teams prior to that. Her older brother was also a member of the Lincoln Mens team. Abi has been a staple sprint freestyler since joining the team and swam at the state meet as a freshman in the for the 200 medley relay. Abi also earned her sub 60 t-shirt last year in the 100 free at the regional meet.

Years on the team: 4 years

Years spent swimming: 6 years

Biggest Swimming Accomplishment: Swimming at state in 2011 and earning my sub :60 shirt at Regionals last year.

Favorite Win: LHS Invite, sophomore year

Favorite Swimming Quote(s): “Go out for swimming, it gives you a hot bod!”Abi2

Coach’s Comments: “Abi has really rededicated herself senior year with the goal of returning to state. Her focus is an inspiration for all future Rails swimmers. She’s made great strides all season and I’m really looking forward to her last few meets as Railsplitter.”

Additional High School Activities: Drama and Science Bound

Favorite TV Shows & Movies: Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Dark Knight

Future Plans: Attending ISU for college and hopes to attend medical school after that.


Rails Enter Senior Night 8-1!

The Lincoln Girls Swim Team continues to push through the swim season with metro meet wins and a 2nd place finish at the Pink in the Pool Invitational. As the Rails start to focus on the championship meet part of the season that is fast approaching, they will take a few minutes Tuesday night to recognize the senior class that is swimming their last meet at Lincoln High School.

What: Lincoln Swimming Senior Night 2014
When: Tuesday Night, 10/7/14 at 5:30pm
Where: Lincoln High School Pool

Up Next
Lincoln at East: The final dual meet of the year is next Tuesday 10/14 at East High School.

Lincoln Invite 2014 | Pink In The Pool Details

Pink Ribbon by Amiel WeisblumThe annual Pink in the Pool: Lincoln Invitational is just over a week away!

As usual, we’re inviting all of our Lincoln Swimming alums to come back for the annual alumni meet and cheer on the latest class of swimmers. We are also inviting our club families and other supporters to come out too.

Plus, we have the charitable focus to the meet, Pink in the Pool. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Iowa chapter of the Susan G. Koman Foundation for breast cancer research and treatments. Last year with the help of Lincoln Activities, BLH and SDMS, the team was able to donate over $2600!

Just like last year, all competitors will receive a free Pink in the Pool swim cap to wear during the meet. Any extra caps will be sold to fans for $5/cap. Read more about other Pink in the Pool gear below.

And the LHS Invite wouldn’t be complete without the chance for fans to win a prize! More details about the meet, the prizes and drawing rules are also below.

Meet Details
Saturday, September 27th
Diving will begin at 8:45 a.m.
Swimming will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The diving portion of the meet is free and the swimming portion’s admission is only $5/adult and $3/children.

Proceeds For Donation

All proceeds generated from sales of the items below will be donated to the Iowa Chapter of the Susan G. Koman Foundation. PinkinthePool2014 Shirt

  • Pink in the Pool T-shirts – $13
    This year, the attending teams submitted names from families impacted by breast cancer to be featured on the back of the shirts.

  • Pink in the Pool swim caps – $5 (limited quantity)

  • Sequined headbands – $5 (various colors)
  • Pink in the Pool Glow-in-the-Dark silicone bracelets – $1

  • Meet Programs – $2

  • Lincoln High School is also donating the entire gate admission!

Not only does your purchase help us donate more to breast cancer research, it can also help you win a prize! With each item, you’ll receive tickets for a Thank You Drawing entry. More information below.

  • T-shirts – 3 tickets
  • Swim caps – 2 tickets
  • Headbands – 2 tickets
  • Glow-in-the-Dark bracelets – 1 ticket
  • Plus each fan will receive 1 ticket for each paid admission.
    Lincoln alums/fans can earn an extra ticket by wearing old LHS Gear
    This is true for anyone wearing last year’s Pink in the Pool T-shirt

Thank You Drawing Prizes
This year, we are giving away three gift cards and you can choose which one you’re trying to win! By coming to the meet, you’ll have the chance to win one of three prizes:

  • $60 to Scheel’s

  • $30 to Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • $15 to Elsmore Swim Shop

See the full details below for how the tickets and drawings will work.

Full Thank You Drawing Details

  • Each fan coming to the swimming portion of the meet will receive one free 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 drawing ticket. Anyone wearing last year’s Pink in the Pool T-shirt also gets an extra ticket.

  • Receive extra drawing tickets when you buy a Pink in the Pool gear as outlined above.

  • Write your name and phone number on each ticket so we can contact you if you win. Please write clearly. Illegible tickets will be discarded and a new winner drawn.

  • The Thank You Drawings will be open until the athletic office staff working at the door leaves. This is about 2 hours.

  • The winners 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 winners as soon as we can.

  • We’ll call the winners immediately after drawing.

  • You are o

    nly eligible to win one prize. If we draw your name for a prize and it’s drawn again for another, we’ll draw a new name.

  • Each 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.

  • Prizes will be mailed out the week following the LHS Invite.

It’s a big meet for the team as they aim to win it for the third consecutive year. Now that eight teams are attending the Invite, we’d love to pack the stands with maroon and gold! And with Lincoln Swimming donating money towards a good cause, it’s even better if we have a full house.

So come on out, show your LHS pride, and see (or remember) what a fun and exciting atmosphere a high school meet can be. Maybe you’ll even win a prize! All while making a difference here in Iowa.

Go Rails!


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