The Rails faced a tough opponent on Monday against the former state champion, Ames. The team also tackled challenges outside of the water, with record-setting heat making for a hot bus ride and pool deck!
But the high school girls persevered and swam well at their first meet of the year. The evening was filled with good races, fast swims and stellar diving. While the team didn’t come away with a victory, they did have the chance to set personal bests, achieve seed times for later in the year and get first meet jitters out of the way. Here’s just a few highlights from the meet:
- The medley relay of Harrison, A. Skartvedt, Santiago, Simpson swam a 2.06!
- Jordan Greenwood’s 200 Free time of 2:10. That’s 5 seconds faster than time trials!
- Anna Dott’s 200 Free of 2:27 and 500 free of 6:42, both all time bests!
- Emilie Skartvedt diving a 178 and earning 7’s and 8’s on multiple dives.
- Jordan DuBois swimming a 1:13 100 Fly, a new personal best!
- Sara Bennett set a personal best 1.13 in the 100 Fly!
- Jordan Greenwood’s 500 Free in 5:45! That’s 7 seconds faster than her regional time last year!
- Jordan Hanson hitting 1:22 in her 100 back, an all-time best!
Of course that’s not all the good swims. Several other girls also swam well all evening. Many swam better than their time trials times too!
Looking Ahead: First Home Meet Thursday
The Rails are already looking forward to Thursday. It’s the first home meet of the season! The girls will have a double dual meet against Perry and Algona.
The girls need to be on deck in their team suits and warm-ups ready for stretching by 4:00PM. The meet starts at 5:30PM.
We hope to see the stands packed with those Gold FAN SHIRTS!
Double Dual Meet Information
Double dual swim meets work differently from meets with only two teams swimming. Double duals are more common in other parts of Iowa, where the teams are more spread out.
Essentially it means the Rails will be swimming against Perry while also swimming against Algona. The meets are scored independently from one another, so there will be several final meet scores (LHS vs. Perry, LHS vs. Algona, Perry vs. Algona).
On Thursday, each team will only get two Varsity swimmers (instead of three) in each event. The same is true of JV events.
The races are scored differently too. 1st place = 4 points, 2nd place = 3 points and 3rd place = 1 point for individual events. For relays, 1st place = 6 points, 2nd place = 3 points and 3rd place = 1 point.