Rails Swimming and Diving team won 96-90 over the Waukee Warriors in a historic win on Thurs., Aug. 23. The victory marks the first time that the Rails have beat a major suburban school. Waukee has finished top four in the statewide power rankings three straight years.
“Well, a win over a consistent top 5 team in the state is certainly a great way to start the season,” said Coach Brayton Weber. “The best part is being able to see how all these girls worked very hard during off season, and really for years, to put themselves in this position. I’ve coached many of these girls since they were about six years old as part of our feeder club team. Now the Rails are hovering around 5th in the statewide power rankings.”
The meet opened with a close medley relay race. Ella Worth (back), Cat Dooley (breast), Chloe Marquis (Fly) and Aubrey Douds (Free) took first by a slim half of second, finishing 1:56.06 over Waukee’s 1:56.56. The Warriors battled back winning the 200 Free and 200 IM.
The Rails refused to retreat, taking first in the 50 Free and diving, bringing the score to 37-41.
After two more events, the meet was tied heading into the 500 Free – 55 points all. In the end, the meet came down to a “winner-take-all” 400 Free Relay, where the Rails won by over 5 seconds in a time of 3:51.20.
Senior, Grace Crady, said following the meet, “It was awesome to be a part of such a great, fun meet. After lots of school history in my swimming career, this meet is one of the best. Our team came together and we worked together to achieve this big win! I’m so proud of all of us.”
As the team heads into week four of the season, all their relays are currently in the top 10 in the state. The team’s next competition is against Hoover at Lincoln High School on Sept. 4, 2018.
- Rails won eight of 12 events
- 12 individual untapered or personal best swims
- Fastest “first-meet” relays in school-history (yes all three!)
- And that also includes all three “B” relays too!
Below are just a few of the many highlights from the meet.
- Ava Zaugg raced to a personal best 200 Free time, 2:06.27
- Anika Snow took first in the 50 Free with a 26.08
- Chloe Pearson took first in diving with a 235.10 (her second best 6 dive score ever!)
- E. Benson took 3rd with a 164.00
- Ava Zaugg swam an untapered best 1:03.44 in her 100 Fly
- L. Benson took 4th with her 1:07.64 (untapered best)
- Rails take first and second in the 100 Free – Douds 57.03 and Snow 57.85
- Ellie Sizemore took first in the 500 Free in a 5:42.64
- Rails 200 Free Relay (Douds, Zaugg, Dooley, Snow) took first with a 1:43.17
- Cat Dooley and Torin Lackmann finished just a 10th of a second apart! Dooley took second (1:12.58) and Lackmann took third (1:12.67)
- Rails 400 Free (Marquis, Zaugg, Douds, Snow) took first by over 6 seconds – 3:51.20, an untapered best!
Below are a few photos from the meet. More can be found on the team’s photo website. Log-in is required. Access can be requested on the photo site. A link to the photo website can be found under Photo Websites Archive or in the small menu located at the top of the team website.