Rails End Season on High Note

The 2014-15 Boys Swim Season came to end with the state meet in Marshalltown and the team banquet the following Monday evening. The boys did their best to send senior Tom Chidley out with a bang, as the foursome of (Greenwood, Worth, Chidley, Belden) dropped more time and moved up in the state rankings in both of the relays they qualified to the state meet. The 200 medley relay finished the season with the 3rd best time in Lincoln History, while the 400 freestyle relay finished with the 5th best time in school history!

Besides the 5-1 record, top 2 finish in the conference and the state qualifiers, the 2014-15 season was marked with another outstanding tradition, THE FANS! The over whelming support by the parents, family members, girls swim team and their families, and alumni coming to all of the big meets was outstanding. The south side was more than represented at both the district and state meets, and we hope this tradition continues next season!

Monday marked another team banquet where everyone could sit back, relax, talk about the season, and many members of the team earn some team rewards! With more than 65 people coming to the banquet for the first time, the team will need to change venues next season to accommodate all the people!

This year’s award winners are:

Most Valuable Swimmer: Tom Chidley
Tom Cady Achievement Award: Tom Chidley
Rookie of the Year: Miguel Espinoza
Most Improved: Devin Greenwood & Caleb Meyer
Workhorse Award: Christian Belden
Team Captain Award: Tom Chidley

Most Valuable Player (Outstanding Swimmer 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 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 swimmers for their dedication, not just their ability. This award was dedicated to Tom to thank him for his life long 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 a prior season. Sometimes, 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. Often times this award is given to a junior varsity team member and a varsity team member.

Team Captains: Team Captains are awarded at the end of each season by the coaches. Several captains are chosen throughout the season before each meet to motivate the team. Being a Meet Captain is 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.


MS Boys Dominate City Meet

The 2014-15 Lincoln Middle School Boys swim team once again showed it’s depth and dominance by dropping more time and placing higher and higher in every event at the City Meet on 2/10 at East High School. The Rails brought home 5 first place swims, put their A, B, and C medley and sprint relays all on the top 6 podium, and took almost 50% of the top 6 finishes across the entire meet! This was a great season by the team, building on last year’s success and now aiming to qualify more boys to the Midwest Regional Meet in March.

Meet Highlights

  • Medley Relay (Santiago, Clark, Wilson, Bennett) taking first place with a 2:09.32!
  • Will Bennett setting a personal best 27.99 in the 50 free and winning the event!
  • Konnor Klocke going a 39.19 in the 50 fly, a personal best!
  • Trysten Thomas setting a personal best in the 50 free with 36.99!
  • Javier Santiago winning the 50 fly with a time of 30.71!
  • 200 Free Relay (Slycord, Santiago, Bennett, Clark) taking first place with a 1:53.22!

The full meet results can be found on the practice and meet schedule page.

Up Next:
2/23: Final SDMS Meet of the season
3/28 & 3/29: Midwest Regional Meet in MN

State Meet Tips, Tricks & Details

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!  We also wanted to share details for Saturday’s celebratory event!

The state meet starts Saturday (2/14) 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.

Saturday Evening Details

Following the State Meet all fans and swimmers are encouraged to meet up at Dos Rios downtown on Court Ave. Everyone usually arrives straight from Marshalltown around 5:00PM. Even if you can’t make the drive to the meet, we would love to see you there!

The large Don Roberto room has been rented so all parents, families and swimmers can sit together, relax, and celebrate a great day and season!

We’re asking $20/person which includes the Tres Salsas appetizer, Taco Bar main course, a non-alcoholic drink, tip, and tax.

Just a reminder, downtown parking can be somewhat limited. We hope that by arriving early, the parking lot located directly across from Dos Rios will have a lot of open spots.

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 Heading to State!

The 2014-15 season continued as planned this past Saturday as the Lincoln Rails are heading back to the state meet for the 7th consecutive season! The team had a day full of great swims, time drops, and podium finishers, adding to that multiple top 5 All Time swims in Lincoln swimming history. Here are a few of the highlights from the district meet at Roosevelt:

Meet Highlights

  • Medley Relay (Greenwood, Worth, Chidley, Belden) with a time of 1:43.37, 3rd All Time at Lincoln ever and heading to the state meet!
  • Devin Greenwood going 1:57 and 5:18 in the 200 and 500 freestyle, dropping a total of 16 seconds!
  • Drew Garrett dropped 8 seconds in the IM with a time of 2.26!
  • Lucas Signor dropping 3 seconds in the 100 and getting his SUB :55 Shirt!
  • Tom Chidley taking 6th overall in the fly with a season best time of 55.63 and tying 4th All Time at LHS!
  • 400 Freestyle Relay (Belden, Chidley, Worth, Greenwood) with a time of 3:25.54 and heading to State!

Up Next:
2/14: State Meet at Marshalltown; 12:30pm start time, details here.
2/14: State Dinner at Dos Rios after the meet
2/16: Team Banquet at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, 6:00pm start time.

High School Swimming vs. Club Swimming

High school swim season works differently than club swimming. As both the men’s and women’s teams continue to grow, we wanted to share some important differences between club and high school swimming.

  • Practices are mandatory, unless otherwise stated. A big test, homework, or a long day at school aren’t valid reasons for missing. But don’t worry, the hard work will pay off!
  • Meets are mandatory too. We’ll travel to away meets as a team.
    • If the meet is outside of the Metro, swimmer must ride back to Lincoln on the bus.
    • If the meet is located within the metro, swimmers are welcome to ride home with their parents, but don’t forget to tell Coach Weber.
  • Meets are scored. After each event, the score is updated. To make it easier to keep track, we provide score sheets in our meet programs.
    Individual events: 1st place – 6 points, 2nd – 4 points, 3rd – 3 points, 4th – 2 points, and 5th – 1 point.
    Relay: 1st place – 8 points, 2nd place – 4 points and 3rd place – 2 points. No team can score more than two of their relays.
  • All swimmers stay on deck and out of the stands during meets. At this level, swimming is a team sport so cheering for your teammates and being supportive on deck is a must.
  • There is a Varsity team and JV team (just like all other high schools sports) and each has their own coach.
    • Though the coaches will help out with swimmers from both squads, most of their focus is on helping their respective swimmers become better.
  • You represent yourselves, the swim program and Lincoln High School at all times. Keep that in mind when tweeting, posting and sharing. This applies to parents too.
  • In women’s swimming: several meets will have diving. It counts as an individual event and occurs after the 50 Free.
  • Have fun. While every team or coach says this, the swim team means it! Go to team dinners, join in on bonding events, head to dinner to celebrate a meet win and more!

We cover these items, detailed team policies and a lot of other information at the parent meeting that takes place before swim season begins. Parents and swimmers will learn more about a healthy season diet, taper, team expectations and more.

Parents will receive everything in a parent handbook at that time and can always email Coach Weber with questions.

Go Rails! We’re looking forward to continued swimming successes! And of course, more trips to state!

Rails Championship Season Underway!

The 2014-15 boys swim season is starting to come to a close, with the conference championship taper swimmers ending this coming weekend, and the district taper swimmers looking at qualifying to the state meet at districts on 2/7. To kick off taper season the team got together and did their annual Mo-hawk and bleaching dinner party after practice on 1/19! This has become a tradition with the Rails swim team, and all member look forward to shaving their heads in the coming weeks!

Jim Voss Invite Wrap Up
Congratulations to those swimmers that traveled over to Cedar Rapids to swim in the big Jim Voss Invitational on Saturday 1/17! The team swam well, and were highlighted be these guys earning their SUB shirts!

Sub :55: Devin Greenwood
Sub :60: Miguel Espinoza and Nicholas Worthington

Up Next:
1/24 at 12:30pm; Metro Conference Championship Meet at Lincoln
2/7 at 12:30pm; District Championship Meet at Roosevelt HS

Rails Win Thriller over Indianola

A back and forth meet through out the evening at the Lincoln High School Pool meant a final relay event where the only place that mattered was first. With Lincoln up with one event left, it was a winner take all relay for both teams, and the Lincoln Rails came away with a one second win in the 400 freestyle relay to ensure the win! The relay team of Worth, Greenwood, Chidley, Belden set a season best time in the relay and moved in to the top 24 in the state for that event.

Final Score
Lincoln Rails: 88
Indianola: 82

The Rails swim team is now 5-0 on the season in dual meets, with one meet remaining against conference foe Roosevelt. Following the last dual the team starts to concentrate on the championship portion of the season, including the Jim Voss Invitational, Conference Championship at Lincoln, Districts and then hopefully state!

Meet Highlights
We can’t recap all of the great performances, so here’s just a few:

  • Medley Relay (Greenwood, Whitehead, Chidley, Worth) took first place with a season best 1:47.94
  • Miguel Espinoza went a 2.08 in the 200 and 5.55 in the 500, swimming both events for the first time!
  • Nicholas Worthington dropped 11 seconds in the 500, going a 5.47!
  • Drew Garrett dropped 7 seconds in the IM with a time of 2.34!
  • Tom Chidley won the fly with a season best time of 57.68

Up Next:
1/13: Dual Meet at Roosevelt
1/17: Jim Voss Invite at Cedar Rapids Washington
1/24: Metro Conference Championship at Lincoln HS

Middle School Boys Season Begins Jan. 5th!

‘Tis the season, the season for swimming that is! The middle school boys kick off their season January 5th, right after Winter Break comes to an end.

The Rails middle school boys’ program is offered to middle schoolers (6th-8th grade) in Norwalk, Carlisle and the southside of Des Moines. All athletes compete against other middle school teams around the Des Moines Metro. These meets are structured similarly to high school meets and the boys have the opportunity to swim at a citywide meet and earn medals at the end of season.

See the full details and how to register below.

Full Details
Season Dates: Jan. 5th - Feb. 10th
Cost: $10/swimmer
Practice times: M/W 7-8PM & Saturday 11:30-12:30PM
Meet Schedule

How to Register
Visit your middle school office for a sign-up form. Return the completed form and $10 fee to the office or bring it to practice.

Invite Others
Swimming is a great sport, particularly at Lincoln! The high school men’s team has a rich tradition of sending athletes to state and having a winning record. In fact, the guys are currently 4-0 on the season. Invite your friends to give swimming a try and become a part of the team.

View/Share the MS Boys swimming flier.

Note: All SDMS swimmers who are also middle schools boys will need to pay the $10 participation fee for this season. This is due to a DMPS policy change.

Go Rails!

Men’s Team 3-0!

The Rails continued their winning streak the last two weeks with wins over conference foes Ottumwa and Hoover-North. Though both meets were decided by less than 6 points each a year ago, the Rails were able to out swim both metro teams by over 40 points in 2014, showing that the youth movement and added depth has helped create a strong swimming base on the south side.

Looking to add more competition this season the Rails added a invitational in Cedar Falls, against some of the top teams in Eastern Iowa this past Saturday. With eight teams in the field, the Lincoln swimmers were able to come away with a solid 4th place finish, just 13 points behind 3rd place team Decorah.

Current Season Highlights:
*All three of the Lincoln relays are ranked in the top 21 in the state
*Tom Chidley is ranked 45th in the 100 butterfly with a 58.63
*Christian Belden is ranked 55th in the 100 free with a 52.84
*The Rails Team is currently ranked 21st in the state with a PR of 764
*Devin Greenwood has already bested his 500 free taper time from 2013-14 by 7 seconds!Up Next:
Lincoln vs East: The Rails take on East on Thursday, 12/17, at 5:30pm at the Lincoln Pool with a chance to go 4-0 heading in to the winter break practices.


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!


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