Rails Win Home Invite!

The Rails hosted their 21st Lincoln Invite on Saturday (9/23)! The invite includes 7 teams total, Boone, Carroll, Council Bluffs, CR Washington, East, Indianola, and Lincoln. Over the last several seasons, this invite has grown to be very competitive, providing great races for all who attend.

But equally important as the swimming was the community support for Susan G. Komen of Iowa. Fans turned out in big numbers to buy t-shirts, pink apparel, and programs. The net profits from those sales will be donated to support breast cancer treatments and research.

“Families on our team, on other teams, and throughout our state have been impacted by breast cancer.” said Coach Weber. “That’s why we give all the swimmers the special cap to where during the meet. It shows our unity in the fight against breast cancer, even while we race against each other in the water. Speaking of the races, it was great day in the water. Four invite records were broke, two by the Rails! It was great to see the team’s hard work pay off, once again.”

The Rails’ two record-setting times also broke pool and school records. Plus, Chloe Marquis became the first Rails swimmer to hit a state Q-time, qualifying in the 100 Fly!

Final Team Scores
DM Lincoln – 582
Cedar Rapids Washington – 459
Carroll – 445
Boone – 297
Indianola – 252
East – 161
Council Bluffs AL/SA/TJ – 38

Rails Meet Stats

  • Won 5 of 12 events
  • 26 Top Six finishes, 36% of the field
  • 18 swims had time drops off their season (including all relays)

Meet Highlights
Below are few meet highlights.

  • Rails “A” Medley Relay (Marquis, Lackmann, Douds, Snow) raced to a record-setting 1:52.09 and took first
  • Ellie Sizemore took second in the 200 Free with a 2:09.12
  • Ava Zaugg dropped 2.40 seconds in the 200 IM to a personal best 2:22.50 and took 2nd
    • Torin Lackmann took 3rd overall
    • Courtney Meyer took 6th overall
  • Aubrey Douds won the 50 Free in 25.26, a drop of .66 of a second
    • Anika Snow took took 3rd overall with a drop of .34 to 25.57
    • Cat Dooley took 4th overall with a drop of .13 to 26.45
  • Erica Benson took 6th in diving with one of her high scores ever – 177.45
    • Tevka Lackmann also competed in her first meet, diving 121.80
  • Chloe Marquis won the 100 Fly in 100.07, dropping 1.27 seconds and qualifying for state
    • Ava Zaugg took third dropping 1.79 seconds
    • Lauren Benson took 6th overall
  • Aubrey Douds won the 100 Free in 55.39, a drop of 1.39 seconds
  • Ellie Sizemore took 2nd in the 500 Free with a 5:40.97
    • Josie Helm took 5th with a 6:01.76
  • Rails “A” 200 Free Relay (Snow, Zaugg, Dooley, Douds) raced to a record-setting 1:41.13 and took first
  • Chloe Marquis took 2nd in the 100 Back with a drop of 1.17 seconds to a 1:02.38
    • Hannah Groos took 5th with a 1:05.96
  • Torin Lackmann won the 100 Breaststroke in 1:11.58
    • Catherine Dooley took second with a 1:12.03
  • Rails “A” 400 Free Relay (Zaug, Berg, Mangin, Marquis) to a 3:52.84

Below are some photos from the meet. To see more (or add your own), visit the team’s photo website. Log-in required.


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