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.

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