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.

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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.”

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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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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.

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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!”

 

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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.

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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.

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    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!

Rails Top Indianola by 20 Points!

The Rails won against their first conference opponent, Indianola on Tuesday (9/2). The meet was filled with some close races, good swims and pretty diving!

The girls team is now 4-1 overall and 1-0 against conference opponents. Check out some meet highlights below.

Meet Highlights

  • The Medley Relay’took first with a 2:03
  • Jolynn Harris dove a 262.55, 3.75 points from the school record
  • Jordyn Dubois won the 100 Fly
  • Sara Bennett took first in the 100 Free and Abi Contreras took second!

Photos

Check out all the photos from each meet on Shutterfly. Contact Angie Bennett for full information.

Up Next
Lincoln vs. Ottumwa: The Rails head on The Beach Ottumwa Tuesday, Sept. 8th to face another conference opponent. Ottumwa has some solid swimmers and the girls are hoping for good race to improve their seeds for the upcoming Pink in the Pool invite.

Rails are 1-1 on the Season!

BooneDualMeetThe high school girls kicked off the season Tuesday (8/26) with a double dual against Boone and Grinnell. The girls piled into a school bus and made the 60 minute drive to Boone aiming to start out the season right.

The meet was a close one! While the Rails had a convincing lead over Grinnell, they had to make up some ground over Boone. Due to some great swimming and diving, the gap closed as the meet wound down to the 400 Free Relay – winner take all!

The Rails swam great, but ultimately Boone out-touched the Rails by .3 of second! Such a close finish! Still, it was a great meet with times vastly improved over last season at this time and even from time trials.

Meet Highlights

  • Jordan Greenwood swam the 200 Free in 2:08.71
  • Ane Skartvedt’s 200 IM time of 2:32.38 and 100 Breaststroke time of 1:17.12
  • Jolynn Harris’s dive score of 233.75 (7th in the state!)
  • Jordyn Dubois 100 Fly time of 1:08.07 and taking first place
  • Valeria Santiago taking second in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:09.30
  • Sara Bennett’s 500 Free time of 5:55.83
  • 400 Free Relay’s (Bennett, Dubois, Skartvedt, Greenwood)time of 4:00.96. Plus – Greenwood ‘s split of :56 seconds!

Up Next
Lincoln vs. Perry & Algona: On Thurday (8/28), the Rails head to Perry for another double dual meet. This start time is a little later – 6:30PM. We hope to see more fast times from the meet and to see our fans cheering on the team!

Team Bonding Tie Dye Event

TieDyeThis fun team activity took place after time trials last Saturday (8/16/14). It’s made an appearance last few years as an alternative to puffy paint. Tie dye is tons of fun and has officially become a team tradition!

The girls had fun choosing designs like swirl, scrunch, or lines. They also selected from a wide variety of colors to make their masterpiece designs!

A big thank you to everyone who participated!

Swim Buddies Announced!

For over 20 years, the high school girls team has done a team member gift exchange to get motivated and excited for meets. While the name and style has changed through the years, this fun team activity has become a tried and true tradition.

The current Swim Buddy program pairs two swimmers together for the purpose of exchanging gifts, cards, food, and/or other items before meets. This helps the girls get to know one another better and get ready for competition.

2014 Swim Buddies List
Jordyn Dubois & Jessica Warrell
Jordan Hanson & Jolynn Harris
Abigail Contreras & Summer Struve
Alexis Trucano & Jordan Greenwood
Nyla Lamp & Allison Kochheiser
Ane Skartvedt & Anna Dotts
Caitlyn Belden & Valeria Santiago
Haley Allen & Sara Bennett & Marnie Hoefler

Below are few common questions regarding Swim Buddies.

How Are Swim Buddies Decided?
Swim Buddies are created randomly. The team roster is typed into Random.org’s list randomizer and submitted. The results are displayed in a random order and we simply match 1 & 2 together, 3 & 4 together and so on. The only thing we change is if sisters are partnered.

How Often Do I Give (& Get) Something?
We encourage the girls to work this out between themselves. Some Buddies decide to do something every meet, some only for road trips, and others for a few specific meets during the year.

Wondering what’s common? Normally Buddies exchange gifts at the first meet of the year, a few big meets (or road meets) during season and the last meet of the year.

This is not meant to be a stressful thing so we strongly recommend working out expectations in advance!

What Are Gift Ideas & How Much Do I Spend?
Like above, this is something usually worked out between the girls. Some spend $5+ each gift exchange while others only do homemade treats. Ideas include: Gatorade, water, Goldfish or other crackers, fruit, balloons, candy/cookies (for after the meet!) and similar items.

A typical example of a Swim Buddy gift is: Gatorade/water, Goldfish, a piece of fruit, balloon or homemade “Good Luck” card. But we’ve seen all kinds of fun ideas from Subway to stuffed animals!

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