The Rails hosted Ottumwa at home on Tuesday, September 12th for the first conference meet of the 2017 season. As the meets move towards competing with conference opponents, the Rails will take the opportunity to explore changes in the meet line-up. Ottumwa was the first meet where this was possible and many swimmers had changes to their standard events. Some swam in all three relays, dropping an individual event. Others swam in events they traditionally don’t to gain new experiences and have a little fun.
“This team is a special one. They’re all about working hard and having fun at the same time. Just ask one of them about their pre-meet songs!” said Coach Weber. “Due to their work and preparation in the off-season, they have a bit more flexibility in the meet line-up than past squads. It’s nice to see someone get excited about swimming in an extra relay or trying a new event. That light-hearted fun will serve us well when we have to tackle the more serious parts of the season. Like Thursday’s tough meet against Indianola for example.”
The Rails ended the evening winning big -125 to 42. This win puts their overall record at 4-1!
Below are just few highlights from the meet.
- Ava Zaugg had a personal best 200 Free time – 2:08.16!
- Josie Helm swam varsity in the 200 Free (2:23.35) and 500 Free (6:32.57) and took 3rd in both!
- Chloe Marquis took first in the 200 IM 2:21.00
- Haley Allen won the JV 50 Free in 30.22
- Emma Peterson swam a 36.03 JV 50 Free!
- Torin Lackmann took 2nd place in the 100 Fly with her 1:09.44
- Lanchi Nguyen won the JV 100 Free in a 1:08.00!
- Cat Dooley narrowly edged out teammate Ava Zaugg in the 100 Back, 1:09.51 vs. 1:09.65 – both season best times!
- Emma Chase took 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:22.67
- Tessa Orput swam varsity in 100 Breaststroke and took third with a 1:23.73!
Here’s a few photos from the meet. More can be seen on the team’s photo website!