Rails opened the 2016 season with a double dual vs. Boone and Grinnell. The girls traveled to Boone High School where they had dominating performance against Grinnell, winning 90-12. However, Boone’s squad proved to be more of a challenge. After being tied three times during the meet with numerous lead changes, the Rails lost a close one – 47-55.
“This was the best first meet I’ve had in my four years of swimming because our dedication to summer training put us in great shape. The meet was also a great experience because everyone was on their feet cheering, supporting and motivating each other. We have a group of girls with high potential, and I’m excited to see how to see how the rest of the season goes,” said Sara Bennett.
Just like the team’s extensive off-season training, these competitive meets serve to the make the team better. The girls are pushed to race hard, while working on proper swimming form. And while the team ended the night 1-1, the girls’ times are 100% faster than their times at this meet in 2015. It also showed in the team’s power ranking, which was 104 points better.
While we can’t recognize everyone, below are some key varsity and junior varsity swims from the meet:
- Medley Relay (Worth, Dooley, Benson, Bennett) swam a 2:01.44
- Alexis Trucano swam her 200 Free in a 2:14.94
- Diana Ward’s 200 IM time of 3:03.42 was over 20 seconds faster than her time trials meet
- Maddie Dowling’s 50 Free was a fast time, 31.82
- Erica Benson’s 1:10.28 100 Fly time starts out the year 3 seconds faster than 2015
- Sara Bennett won the 100 Free with her time of 57.80
- Kalini Mangin’s 1:11.98 100 Back was fastest of the night for the Rails
- Grace Crady’s 500 Free time of 5:58.31 was her fastest ever. It was the first time she broke 6:00 minutes!
- 400 Free Relay (Trucano, Crady, Dooley, Bennett) swam a 4:03.12, 16 seconds faster than a year ago
Below are a few photos from the Boone/Grinnell double dual. Hundreds more can be found on the photo website (link located in the top right). Log-in required.