Rails Head to Marshalltown!

Districts3Saturday (2/2/13) was the big day for the high school men’s team! It was the day they had been working for all season, for some the day they had worked towards for years. It was the Districts Meet.

And it was a big success. The team had one of the most outstanding districts meets in recent memory, made so by 100% of the team dropping time off their season bests. Some guys dropped 20 seconds (Abraham Contreras’ 500 Free)!

Three big meet highlights came from three school records being broken! Matt Friend came out strong in the 200 Free and broke Brady Edwards’ record set last year. But he wasn’t done! He then took aim at the 500 Free record from 1984 and broke it by over 2 seconds with a time of 4:54!

Up next was the relays where the guys swam fast and came close to a new school record in the 200 Free Relay. But it was the last event of the day that brought an exciting finish for the team. The 400 Free Relay record set in 2011 went down by .29 with a new time of 3:22.03.


Photo Credit: DM Register

With several podium finishes by multiple swimmers, it was a great meet. But how great would be decided by the number of events to state. With faster times than ever before in most events (a continuing trend!) – the Rails had the news, 6 guys and 5 events were heading to Marshalltown next weekend!

State Qualifiers:
Matt Friend – 200 Free (9th) and 500 Free (8th)
Mitchell Friend – 100 Fly (17th) and aiming for a school record (only 1 second away!)
200 Free Relay & 400 Free Relay: Mitchell Friend, Matt Friend, Carter Worth, and Curtis Knapp
Alternates: Tom Chidley and Mason Starmer

The DM Register snapped some great shots of our team, so be sure to check them out!

Stay tuned for a State Tips article later in the week. Tickets should be in Athletic Office today (2/5) sometime for pre-sale. Note: There are a limited number of pre-sale tickets available. Look for an email sometime today from Coach Weber so you’ll know the tickets have arrived.


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