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.

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!

Middle School Girls Rock Latest Meet!

The middle school girls’ team is on a roll! The team swam Hoover on Tuesday (11/17) and improved on their times from the previous week. Not only that, every Rails swimmer finished ahead of their Hoover competition, meaning the team took top spots in every event. With the big City Meet just a couple weeks away, the girls are gearing up to swim fast, earn medals and dominate the podium.

Meet Highlights
Here’s just a few highlights from the recent middle school girls swim meet. Be sure to check out the full meet results too.

  • Catherine Dooley won the 50 Free (29.16) and the 50 Backstroke (35.63)
  • Abigail Sealine took 2nd in the 50 Back (42.02) and 6th in the 50 Free (33.78)
  • Ali Poli and Anika Snow broke into the top six for the 50 Free, finishing 4th and 5th respectively
  • Chloe Marquis won the 100 IM (1:07.63) and 200 Free (2:09.44)
  • Maddie Dowling took 3rd in the 100 IM with a 1:33.63
  • Diana Ward won the 100 Free in 1:11.37. She also took 3rd in the 50 Breaststroke (40.31)
  • Emma Chase took second in the 100 Free with 1:17.73 and 4th in the 50 Breaststroke (41.29)
  • The 200 Free Relay (Mangin, Lackmann, Dooley, Marquis) won with a 1:57.82!

Great job everyone!

Below are few photos from the meet. If you have photos you’d like to share from this meet or future middle school meets, you can post them to the Rails Swimming Facebook page.

Up Next
Rails vs. Roosevelt | Nov. 24, 5:30PM: The Rails host the Riders in the final middle school dual meet of the year. The girls will be facing some competition, as they aim to improve their seed times for the City Meet. Warm-ups are at 5:00PM.



Girls Season Ends with Team Banquet

The high school women’s team concluded their season with the team banquet on Monday evening (11/09).  The girls and their families all gathered to celebrate the hard work, a strong winning record, and a podium event at 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: Sara Bennett
Tom Cady Achievement Award: Ane Skartvedt
Rookie of the Year: Ella Worth
Most Improved | Varsity: Marnie Hoefler and Grace Crady
Most Improved | JV: Jessica Warrell
Workhorse Award | Varsity: Jordyn DuBois
Workhorse Award | JV: Gabi Espinoza
Spirit Award: Marnie Hoefler
Team Captains: Anna Dotts, Jordyn DuBois, and Ane Skartvedt 

Read more about each award below.

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 2016 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 photos from the team banquet. 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. Additionally, this award is given to one JV and one Varsity member each season.

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. This award is awarded to one JV and one Varsity member each season.

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.

Middle School Girls Dominate at First Meet

The Middle School Girls season kicked off a couple weeks ago. After a few weeks of practice, the team had their first middle school meet last night (11/10).

While only about 28 swimmers (of 60) could attend last night due to other school functions, that didn’t keep the Rails from having a great meet. The times in all events were faster than last year and the Rails were first in every event. This is due to the hard work and dedication of every single girl on the Lincoln MS team. They have done a great job listening to their coaches, applying corrections to their swim skills and improving in the water.

Meet Highlights
With such a dominating performance, we can’t recognize everyone. However a few meet highlights are below:

  • C. Dooley swam the 50 Fly leg of the Medley Relay in 31.91 and won the 50 Back (35.09) and 50 Breaststroke (36.52)
  • E. Sizemore won the 50 Free in 29.47 and 100 Free in 1:03.37
  • K. Mangin swam the 100 IM for the first time and went a 1:15.90!
  • C. Meyer swam the 200 Free (a new event!) in 2:35.74
  • The 200 Free Relay (Dooley, Mangin, Meyer, Sizemore) swam a 2:00.29, an avg. time of 30 seconds per swimmer!

Check out the full meet results to see all of last night’s swims.

Up Next
Rails vs. Hoover: The Rails face Hoover at home next Tuesday (11/17). Warm-ups are at 5:00PM and the meet starts at 5:30PM. Don’t forget to sign up for the meet online! Sign-ups close on Thursday (11/12).

Note: All SDMS MS swimmers have a club meet (Gray vs. Gold) on Monday (11/16). Sign-ups also close Thursday.

Rails Regionals Recap

The high school girls season culminated in an exciting regional meet this Thursday (diving) and Saturday (swimming). Regionals is the most important day in the entire season since this “one day, one shot” meet is how the state qualifiers are determined.

And all the teams in Iowa definitely brought their “A” game, as evidenced by the state cut times! In fact, the Medley Relay cut is over 2.5 seconds faster than ever before. The 200 Free Relay is 1.5 seconds faster than ever before. And it doesn’t stop there, several individual events are over a second faster than prior years.

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J. Harris, Photo Credit: DM Register

Diving had the second highest cut score in recent state history. But despite that, the Rails had a great Regionals night.

  • Erica Benson dove a 310.25 and made the DM Register photo gallery
  • Kristan Toben dove her best score ever, 325.05!
  • Jolynn Harris earned the only 10 of the night, made the DM Register and qualified for State with her 474.40

Jolynn is seeded 5th at the State meet and she’s definitely hoping to take a podium spot at Friday’s meet. Good luck!

Saturday’s meet was great for the swimmers too. The team had some impressive accomplishments – the highest power ranking in team history (1251 points), 100% time drops, an avg. drop of 2.43 seconds/100 yards, a 4th place finish in our region and setting 5 new Top 5 All-Time records. More individual highlights are below:

  • The Medley Relay (Worth, Skartvedt, DuBois, Bennett) swam a 1:56.13 (-3.6 seconds) and took 5th All-Time
  • Grace Crady’s 200 Free time of 2:13.63 (-7 seconds) and 500 Free time of 6:09.32 (-9 seconds) puts her second fastest on the team in both events
  • Taylor Whipple swam her 200 IM in 2:38.19 (-10.5 seconds)
  • Jordyn DuBois swam a 1:04.30 (-1.3 seconds) and bettered her Top 5 All-Time record
  • Erica Benson and Ella Worth swam the 100 Fly in 1:09.14 and 1:09.49 respectively
  • Sara Bennett took 6th place at the meet in the 100 Free with her time of 56.51 (-1.2 seconds)
  • Marnie Hoefler and Anna Dotts both swam new personal best times in their 500 Free and 200 Free races
  • The 200 Free Relay (Trucano, DuBois, Skartvedt, Bennett) swam a 1:44.14 (-3.6 seconds) and took 4th All-Time
  • Ella Worth swam her 100 Back in 1:07.87 (-2 seconds), making the fastest backstroker on the team as a freshman!
  • Jordan Hanson and Haley Allen each dropped four seconds in the 100 Back to their fastest times ever
  • Ane Skartvedt is now 2nd All-Time in the 100 Breaststroke with her 1:12.26 (-2.3 seconds) and took 5th at the meet!
  • Taylor Whipple and Summer Struve also dropped time in their 100 Breaststrokes to new personal best times
  • The 400 Free Relay (Trucano, Dubois Hoefler, Dotts) took 4th place at the meet with a 4:02.63 (-10 seconds)
    • Jordyn DuBois earned her Sub :60 shirt!

Below are just a few of the photos from the meet and the after-meet party. View all of the photos from a meet on the swim team’s Shutterfly website. Just log-in. Additional photos can be viewed on the Rails Swimming Instagram and/or Twitter feeds.

Up Next
Team Banquet, Monday Nov. 9th: Following the State Meet weekend, the team banquet will be held in the LHS Commons. The banquet is for all team members and their families. Baratta’s will be catering the meal and we just ask that each family bring $5/per person to help cover the cost of the meal. The team banquet is a chance to celebrate another successful season, hand out letters and team awards, while sharing off-season plans and expectations. The girls typically dress up and take a ton of pictures too.

Rails Take 3rd at CIML Metro Championships

Championship season is here! The Rails hosted the CIML Metro Championships on Oct. 21st (diving) and Oct. 22nd (swimming). The meet was an exciting and competitive one from start to finish!

The Metro Conference Championships marks the final meet of the year for all Junior Varsity swimmers. These girls were fully tapered for the meet (including wearing taper suits) and had some great time drops. The Varsity girls were also aiming for faster times to improve their seeds for Regionals and led the team to a 3rd place victory!

Final ScoresCIML Metro Conf Meet (14)
Roosevelt: 427
Indianola: 413
Lincoln: 375
East: 264
Ottumwa: 217
North: 129
Hoover: 66

Read more about each session of the meet and view photos below.

Diving Recap
The diving portion of the meet featured five divers, four from Lincoln and one from Roosevelt. The Rails divers had a great night of diving, finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Varsity. It was great to see so much maroon and gold on the podium!

  • Jolynn Harris beat her own records diving a personal best of 478.15. This is a new 11 dive pool record, school record and Metro Championship Meet record.
  • Kristina Toben took second place with her personal best score of 323.05.
  • Erica Benson finished in 3rd place with a 319.15, just 4 points off her personal best.
  • Haley Allen took 1st for JV divers and finished in 5th place overall. She also had a new personal best score – 262.80 (over 25 points better!)

Swimming Recap
The swimming portion of the meet featured seven schools and over 150 swimmers. Lincoln had several podium appearances and a ton of new personal bests!

  • The Varsity Medley Relay (Worth, Skartvedt, DuBois, Bennett) and took first place with a 2:00.16
  • Jessica Warrell had two personal bests, her 200 Free time of 2:23.63 (-10.41 seconds), and her 500 Free time of 6:24.22 (-15.30 seconds)
  • Several swimmers had personal bests in their 50 Free and 100 Free races
    • Gabi Espinoza swam a 29.91 (-1.65 seconds) and a 1:05.93 (-1.79 seconds)
    • Caitlin Belden swam a 35.09 (-1.27 seconds) and a 1:18.97 (-4.48 seconds)
    • Gina Goshon swam a 35.94 (-1.34 seconds) and a 1:21.99 (-1.24 seconds)
    • Anna Jasper swam a 36.93 (-1.64 seconds) and a 1:21.85 (-1.94 seconds)
    • Pinkie Fedson swam a 39.79 (-1.44 seconds) and 1:27.76 (-5.14 seconds)
  • Sara Bennett took 3rd in the 50 Free with her time of 26.77
  • Jordyn DuBois swam the 100 Fly in 1:06.20 and took 4th place
  • Sara Bennett took 2nd in the 100 Free (57.85) and Alexis Trucano took 4th (1:01.25)
  • Vanessa Pirillo dropped 12.01 seconds her 500 Free to a 6:50.36
  • The Varsity 200 Free Relay (Trucano, Skartvedt, DuBois, Bennett) took 2nd place with a season-best 1:47.77
  • Lanchi Nguyen’s 100 Back time of 1:28.60 (-3.18 seconds) was a personal best
  • Jordyn DuBois and Ella Worth took 4th and 5th respectively in the 100 Back
  • Ane Skartvedt took 3rd place in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:15.62
  • The Varisity 400 Free Relay (Trucano, Benson, Hoefler, Dotts) took 4th with a 4:18.80

Below are just a few of the photos from the meet (over 800!) View all of the photos from a meet on the swim team’s Shutterfly website. Just log-in.

Up Next
Regional Diving | Summit Middle School, Johnston, Oct. 29 – The divers head to Johnston to compete for their chances to qualify for state. In diving, the top 30 scores on the night of regionals will make the cut. The Rails currently have the 6th, 32nd and 33rd divers in the state, which means all are competing for shot to go. The meet starts at 5:00PM and should last until about 8PM. Good luck ladies!

Regional Swimming | SE Polk High School, Oct. 31 – The swimmers will be competing for their shot at state qualification next Saturday. In swimming, the fastest 24 swims at Regionals across the entire state make it the big meet. The Rails are hoping to send at least two relays (with a shot at individuals too!) to Marshalltown. The Rails will be fully tapered for Regionals and ready to race hard.

The meet starts 11:45AM and should last until about 2:30PM. Following Regionals, the team, parents and invited fans will gather at the Bennett’s house to find out the qualifiers. Look for more details to be posted Wednesday, Oct. 28.


Rails Beat Scarlets 112-71 in Senior Night Victory

The Rails had Senior Night on Tuesday (10/13) against East and it was a fun meet! The Lincoln girls had some great races, improved times, and a Senior Night victory. In fact, this win marks the 11th straight for the Rails over the Scarlets. It also puts the team’s final meet record vs. conference opponents at 4-2 and their overall record 6-3 (excludes win Grinnell Invite).

But the team was after more than just a win, they were aiming for faster seed times to move up in the state rankings for their relays and personal events. And they succeeded! Read more below.

Meet Highlights
The meet highlights, but we had great individual performances too. See just a few of the meet highlights below.

  • The Medley Relay (Worth, Skartvedt, DuBois, Bennett) had a season best time, 1:59.70 and moved up to 28th in the state!
  • Marnie Hoefler swam her 200 Free and 500 Free personal best times AGAIN – 2:22.29 and 6:13.70 respectively
  • Haley Allen dove her best 6 dive score ever, 156.00
  • Senior, Anna Dotts, swam her 500 Free in a season best time 6:18.88
  • Jordan Hanson has TWO season best times in the 100 Fly (1:17.12) and 100 Back (1:14.06)
  • Senior, Jordyn DuBois won the 100 Fly with a 1:06.11
  • 200 Free Relay (Trucano, Skartvedt, DuBois, Bennett) had a season best time of 1:48.09
  • Ella Worth took first in the 100 Back with 1:10.11, a personal best
  • Senior, Allison Kochheiser, improved on her 100 Breaststroke time of 1:32.80
  • Senior, Ane Skartvedt, took first in the 100 Breaststroke with a personal best time of 1:14.42.
  • For the first time ever, an untapered team broke 1000 power points, earning 1019 for the meet!

Senior Night
It was also a special night for all of our senior girls. Tonight’s meet was the last time they’ll swim at home as a member of the team. Together they’ve built great memories, shared in triumphs and disappointments and helped each other grow into the wonderful young ladies they are today. Now as they look to the future, we hope they’ll remember the past when they come back as alums to cheer on future Rails.

Read more about our seniors by clicking on their name:
Anna Dotts
Jordyn DuBois
Allison Kochheiser
Ane Skartvedt

Below are a just few of the great photos from Senior Night. View all of photos from a meet on the swim team’s Shutterfly website. Just log-in.


Up Next
2015 CIML Metro Championships | Diving; Wed., 10/21: The Rails host the CIML Conference Diving. Four Lincoln divers will be diving to improve their 11 dive scores. Go Rails!

2015 CIML Metro Championships | Swimming; Thurs., 10/22: Lincoln hosts the swimming portion of the meet this year too! The meet starts at 4:30PM and should be a fun one. All the JV girls 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 the championship season!


Meet The Seniors: Ane Skartvedt

We’d like to introduce our final senior 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 as we near Senior Night 2015. The last senior is: Ane Skartvedt.

Ane Skartvedt

ASkartvedt3Ane Skartvedt is a four-year Varsity swimmer. Ane has been a versatile swimmer during her career, swimming sprint freestyle events, 200 Free, 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke. She’s really excelling at the Breaststroke events. She swims that leg in the Medley Relay (which qualified for state last year) and is 4th All-Time in Lincoln Girls’ Swimming history for the 100 Breaststroke.

Years on the team: 4 years

Years spent swimming: 10 years

Biggest Swimming/Diving Accomplishment: Qualifying for State last season

Favorite Win: Beating Carroll as a sophomore

Favorite Swimming Quote: “Swimmers do more yards than a football player, more kicks than a soccer player, more flips than a cheerleader and more sets than a volleyball player. Still think we aren’t athletes?”

Message to the Team: “Work hard every day. Because in the end all the pain you endure is worth it.”

Coach’s Comments: “As I’ve watched Ane grow from a 9 year old swimmer to a senior in high school, she has become a leader on the team through her actions and how she portrays herself at meets and practices. Ane understands the strict discipline needed to succeed at the highest level. But at the same time, she knows how to have fun. Her intense drive to be at a Marshalltown with her teammates will definitely be missed next year.”  -Head Coach, Brayton Weber2015 Aug21 Seniors 092

Additional Activities: Shows horses competitively.

Favorite TV Shows and/or Movies: Harry Potter, the books and the movies!

Future Plans: Go to a 4-year university to major in elementary education.

Final Comments: I’d like to thank the team for all of the great memories! :)


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Meet The Seniors: Allison Kochheiser

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 as we near Senior Night 2015. Up next: Allison Kochheiser.

Allison Kochheiser

AKochheiser3Allison Kochheiser swims both Varsity and Junior Varsity events.  Allison has become a strong leader for the entire team. With the start of taper, she even makes sure the JV lanes are going on the correct intervals and completing the sets listed on their practice board. Allison also cheers on the entire team during meets, helping encourage girls of all grade levels.

Years on the team: 4 years

Years spent swimming: 5 years

Favorite Swimming Memory (so far!): Marnie dancing during morning swim practices

To Me “Swimming is….”: “Swimming is more than just a work-out. It is a serious sport and a fun family. (Though in the beginning it was my way to get out of off-season basketball training!)”

Message to the Team: “Your worst enemy is yourself. Don’t allow yourself to say you can’t do something without even trying. Don’t let your mind talk you out of that third stair on the stair jumps or one less breath during your race or any other obstacle in life for that matter.”

Coach’s Comments: “Allison’s really grown during her four years of swimming. She’s really taken on a leadership role and is excelling at it. I’m glad to see Allison continue to improve her times and make swimming her own, even though she’s also involved in other sports and activities. Regardless of grade level or swimming ability, Allison helps encourage her teammates. And as a coach of an increasingly diverse team, that’s invaluable for team morale and season success.”  -Head Coach, Brayton Weber

Additional High School Activities: Marchin2015 Aug21 Seniors 110g Band, Basketball, Tennis and FCA.

Favorite TV Shows and/or Movies: Bones (TV show) and Inside Out (movie)

Future Plans: Hopes to attend Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, majoring in Lay Ministry, specializing in missions work and youth ministry.

Final Comments: “Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” – Hebrews 12:1-2

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Rails Win 6 Events But Fall Short vs. Riders

While everyone in America is getting excited about “October Baseball”, the Rails traveled to Roosevelt to kick off “October Swimming”! With Regionals now just a few weeks away, Tuesday’s (10/6) meet against the Riders was an opportunity to race for faster seed times.

And though RHS won the meet 111-72, the Rails had a great night! The girls won 6 of 12 events, which is particularly important for the two relays. The Rails also won several close races by out-touching competitor swimmers, a nice change from earlier in the season! But most exciting, was the several personal bests swam at the meet!

Meet Highlights
While we can’t recognize everyone, here’s just a few highlights!

  • The Medley Relay (Worth, Skartvedt, DuBois, Bennett) took first and had a season best time of 2:00.64
  • Grace Crady swam her best 200 Free (2:20.90) and 500 Free (6:18.71)
  • Sara Bennett won the 50 Free in 26.93
  • Jolynn Harris won Diving with a score of 270.50
  • Kenzie McNew dove her first meet (135.20)!
  • Marnie Hoefler swam her best 100 Free (1:05.64)
  • Jordyn DuBois had a new personal best in 100 Fly (1:05.77) and took 2nd place!
  • The Sprint Relay (Trucano, Skartvedt, DuBois, Bennett) swam a 1:48.45 and won by .05 of a second!
  • Ella Worth swam the 100 Back for the first time and took 3rd with a 1:10.34! She also had a new best time in the 100 Fly (1:12.11).
  • Ane Skartvedt won the 100 Breaststroke with her time of 1:15.18! She also moved up a spot on the Top 5 list!
  • Summer Struve also had a season best 100 Breaststroke time, 1:29.17

Below are just a few photos from the meet. All photos can be viewed on the Shutterfly photo website (log-in required).

Up Next
Lincoln vs. East | Oct. 13, 5:30PM: It’s Senior Night! The Rails host their final dual meet of the year against East. It should be a fun meet as the girls gear up for championship season! Help us pack the stands with maroon and gold and send our seniors out with a bang!



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