Historic Day for Rails Swimmers!

Seniors lead Rails to first CIML metro swimming championship

85 years. For 85 years, the Rails had never won the Metro Conference Championship meet. Until Saturday, January 21, 2017. By the 400 Free Relay, the Rails had their victory sewn up, but the guys wanted to finish strong, taking first place by 8 seconds over Ottumwa. That just showcased the impressive day the Rails had.

The team started out right winning the Medley Relay. Greenwood, Whitehead, Worth and Clark swam the race in a pool-record setting time of 1:42.49. The team won nine of 11 events at the meet. In four of eight individual events, the Rails took three of the top six spots. Following their performance Saturday, they are now ranked 16th in the power rankings.

“This meet wasn’t won by the few, but by the many. The victory was earned by the entire team working together. And that is why we made school history today,” said Coach Brayton Weber. “It has been an honor watching the guys take ownership of the team, driving their own success. This is their victory, much more than the coaches. Congratulations to all of them.”

The Rails have been building to this kind of success for the last three seasons with an overall record of 24-3, lead by this year’s senior class. Now the team turns their attention to the important Districts meet held February 4th. Swimmers’ performances at Districts will determine the qualifiers for the state meet. The Rails will be swimming at the Indianola YCMA. The meet starts at noon.

Final Scores
Rails – 464
East – 383
Roosevelt – 371
Ottumwa – 305
Hoover/North – 135

Meet Highlights
The conference championship meet marks the end of the season for most of the team due the limits set for District line-ups (ex: each team can only bring one relay). For that reason, the meet highlights will focus on those guys. Awesome job guys!

  • Rails winning nine of 11 events
    • Medley Relay – Greenwood, Whitehead, Worth, Clark
    • 200 IM & 100 Fly – Cooper Worth
    • 50 Free & 100 Free – Brayden Clark
    • 500 Free – Javier Santiago
    • 100 Back – Devin Greenwood
    • 100 Breaststroke – Tyler Whitehead
    • 400 Free Relay – Santiago, Greenwood, Worth, Clark
  • Rails taking three of the top six spots in half of the individual varsity events
    • 200 Free – Miguel Espinoza/2nd/1:58.86; Konnor Klocke/4th/1:59.76; Nick Worthington/6th/2:02.27
    • 200 IM – Won + Devin Greenwood/3rd/2:13.66; Domenic Gardner/5th/2:20.90
    • 500 Free – Won + Miguel Espinoza/2nd/5:27.04; Nick Worthington/6th/5:45.33
    • 100 Back – Won + Javier Santiago/3rd/1:00.92; Griffin McCollough/6th/1:03.86
  • Rails Relay of Gr. McCollough, Jump, Santiago, Whitlatch won the JV 200 Medley Relay in a 1:52.42
    • Relay of Scott, Urias, Virden, Loiocomo dropped over 3 seconds to a 2:03.90 and took 6th
  • Gabe McCollough won the JV 200 Free in a 2:02.95 (-7.60 seconds)
    • Tyler Skalicky took 3rd with a 2:21.92 (-2.52 seconds)
  • Sam Whitlatch beat 60 other swimmers to win the JV 50 Free in 25.11 (-.57 of a second)
    • Mark Hubbell took 7th overall with a 25.84 (-.93 of a second)
    • Joey Loiocomo dropped to a 28.29
    • Ryan Jump swam a 29.55 (-2.51 seconds)
    • Nico Filippelli dropped over a second to 30.66
  • Konnor Klocke won the JV 100 Free in 54.65 (-.54 of a second)
    • Kelyan Irvin took second and earned his Sub :60 T-shirt with a 59.50 (-4.34 seconds)
    • Mark Hubbell took third and earned his Sub :60 T-shirt with a 59.55 (-1.77 seconds)
    • Michael Scott dropped 4.90 seconds to a 1:02.05
    • Reid May dropped 3.11 seconds to a 1:04.25
  • Logan Neifert swam a 53.40 (-.91 of a second) and moved up to take 6th overall
  • Gabe McCollough dropped an incredible 26 seconds in the 500 Free to a 5:28.50. He won the JV  500 and earned a spot on the District team
    • Leon Urias took second with a 5:48.43 (-12.37 seconds)
  • Rails Relay of Espinoza (25.62), Worthington (24.85), Gardner (25.44) and Hubbell (24.94) took second in the JV 200 Free Relay with fast splits!
  • Sam Whitlatch dropped 3.75 seconds in his 100 Breaststroke to a 1:18.14
  • Rails Relay of May, Espinoza, Klocke, Neifert won the JV 400 Free Relay in 3:39.33
    • Relay of Viriden, Hubbell, Gardner and Worthington took second
      • Nick Worthington earned his Sub :55 T-shirt with a 54.84


Here are just a few photos from the meet. Almost 1000 photos that are high-resolution can be found on the team’s photo website (link located in the upper right corner). Log-in to your Shutterfly account is required to download any photos. Special thanks to E. Benson, K. Greenwood and K. Worth for taking photos and sharing them with the team.


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