The Rails hosted the Hoover/North combined team on Tuesday (9/4). This meet is the first in a string of five meets in two weeks! The Rails opted to change-up the line-up a bit, allowing the team to try different events. But coaches and swimmers left the line-up to chance (excluding relays) by having the girls draw their events (including if it was Varsity or JV) from a cup. Not only did it add a little fun to the meet, it also meant some new faces got a chance to enjoy the Varsity spotlight!
“We want races to be competitive whenever possible. It makes each team better and the meet more exciting for fans. Our line-up tonight did exactly that, giving swimmers on both squads a chance to race for new best times, higher places than ever before or the chance to swim a brand new event,” said Coach Weber. “Conference opponents always have a surprise or two. And tonight was no different when Hoover/North added to two divers to the competition that were fun to watch.”
As the team gears up for some tough competition in the coming weeks, it was great to see them focusing on strong finishes, smarts swims and explosive starts regardless of their races.
The Rails are now 2-0 overall. They head to Carroll on Thursday, Sept. 6., which has a long-standing rivalry. Go Rails!
Just a few meet highlights are shared below.
- Medley Relay (Marquis, Dooley, Zaugg, and Snow) took first place with their time of 1:57.92.
- Cat Dooley swam the 200 Free in 2:12.91
- Anna Jasper took 4th with her time of 2:58.27
- Aubrey Douds raced to first in the 200 IM with a 2:22.06 (just 3 seconds from the school record!)
- Emma Chase swam an impressive 2:38.59.
- Rails took 2nd, 4th and 5th in the 50 Free. Congrats to Ripley Berg (27.95), Brianna Neifert (29.93) and Sophie Zeitvogel (30.55)
- Torin Lackmann raced to first in the 100 Fly with her 1:05.84!
- Ella Worth out-touched Hoover/North to take 2nd in the 100 Free with her 1:04.57!
- Ripley Berg won it in 1:00.34
- Chloe Marquis swam the 500 Free in a 5:42.45 and took first
- Ava Zaugg raced to a 1:07.98 100 Back time, putting her first
- Grace Crady took second with 1:12.95
- Erica Benson out-touched her own sister (Lauren) to take 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke – 1:23.19 vs 1:23.45!
Nice work Rails!