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.


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