The Lincoln Rails Girls Swim Team had a nice finish to the regular season last Thursday (10/20) evening, taking second overall at the CIML Metro Conference Championship meet at Roosevelt High School.
Lincoln had two conference champions; Emilie Skartvedt in diving and Brittany Purscell in the 50 freestyle.
Emilie beat the second place RHS diver by one point! It’s an important success since she’ll be facing all three of the RHS divers this week at Regionals. Qualifying for state in diving is different from swimming. Emilie has been practicing hard and diving several mock meets to get ready.
Brittany earned top spot in the 50 Free after swimming her fastest time since the beginning of season. The recent time drop is a great sign that she’s starting to feel the effects of taper and should be even faster at Regionals. Brittany is hoping to qualify for state individually in the 50 Free and the 100 yard Breaststroke.
The Rails now turn to the Regionals meet this Thursday (diving) and Saturday (swimming). The team is hoping for successful meets and the chance to dive & swim at state. The Women’s team has put in a lot of yards over the last ten weeks and now they are starting to see what they are made of. The championship season is what the Rails have always been about and the goal remains to send girls to the state meet in Marshalltown.
The Lincoln Rails Girls Swim Team has averaged seven girls at the state meet each of the last five years. Only 24 swimmers for each event make the state meet cut across all of Iowa. Because the number of athletes is so limited, earning the chance to compete at state is a big accomplishment in swimming.
The Rails will be swimming at the S.E. Polk regional meet, this Saturday, October 29th. The meet will begin at noon. Entry is $5.