Championship season is here! The Rails hosted the CIML Metro Championships on Oct. 15 (diving) and Oct. 16 (swimming). The Metro Conference Championship Meet marks the end of the season for all JV swimmers and divers, which makes it an exciting and competitive one from start to finish!
The diving portion of the meet featured 8 varsity divers, three from Lincoln, three from Roosevelt and two from Hoover/North, making it the largest diving conference meet by the Metro in over 15 years! The Rails divers had a great night of diving, finishing 1st, 3rd and 7th. Everyone did great!
- Chloe Pearson won a conference title in diving for the first time! Her score 395.10 is higher than last year’s, even after taking several weeks off due to injury.
- Erica Benson returned to diving as a senior and took 3rd overall! Her score of 365.05 was a personal best and much higher than her score the last time she was at this meet (in 2015 – 319.15).
- Tevka Lackmann dove in her first 11 dive meet ever, earning a 280.95, which is an awesome way to begin 11 dive meets.
The swimmers took the water just a day later in Ottumwa. With all JV girls were fully tapered for the meet (including wearing taper suits), there were some great swims by the team! The Varsity girls were also aiming for faster times to improve their seeds for Regionals and ultimately helped lead the team to repeat win of the big meet!
“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.”
Rails – 562
Roosevelt – 454
East – 307
Ottumwa – 271
Hoover/North – 192
Now the team turns their attention to the important Regional meet. Divers compete for their shot at state on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Johnston. Rails swimmers will head to Ft. Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 27 where their performances will determine the qualifiers for the state meet (outside of any who made the Q-Time). Good luck Rails!