Rails Swim Well at Midwest Regional Meet

OlderGroup_MWR_2015Lincoln swimmers are a dedicated group! Most swim year-round as part of the South DM Swimming club team (official feeder team for LHS). This past weekend several attended at the big Midwest Regional swim meet held in Minneapolis, MN over the weekend (3/28-29).

And they did great!

As a team, South DM Swimming earned 553 points and finished 13th of 84 registered teams. That’s 12 spots better than SDMS’s 2014 finish (306 pts)!

Plus – exactly 20 SDMS team records were broken, several by current or incoming high school swimmers meaning some LHS School Records could be broken soon too!

Check out the updated SDMS team records to see the new times. SDMS Team Records are located on the team website in the top header.

Local Team Comparison
Over the last couple years, more local swim clubs from Des Moines have started attending Midwest Regionals too. Here’s how the Seahawks compared to other Des Moines metro club teams.

South DM Swimming (SDMS): 553 points and 13th place
Northside Otters (NSST): 340 points and 24th place
East Swim Team: 191 points and 34th place

Meet Highlights
With such outstanding swims both days, we can’t recognize everyone. Here’s just a few of the highlights:

  • Javier Santiago swam 1:08.00 in 13-14 Boys 100 Back, a personal best and team record
  • Sara Bennett earned two personal bests and also set two team records – 15-18 Girls 500 Free (5:48.16) and 15-18 Girls 200 Free (2:10.63)
  • Brayden Clark set two team records, the 13-14 Boys 100 Free (56.66) and 13-14 Boys 100 Breaststroke (1:14.79)
  • Christian Belden swam a fast time of 52.12 in the 15-18 Boys 100 Free
  • 18 & Under Girls 400 Free Relay (Benson, Worth, Trucano, Bennett) took 3rd overall!
  • SDMS earning 10 Top 4 finishes (which means the athletes got medals!)

You can view the full meet results to see all of the great swims by the Seahawks. Also included is the entire list of final scores for each team from the entire meet.

View photos from the meet on the South DM Swimming facebook page. Plus – you can share your own!

Rails Attend Midwest Regionals Meet with SDMS

Several high school swimmers are part of the SDMS  team headed to the University of Minnesota this weekend (3/28-29)! All the swimmers and coaches have been working hard for the last 5 weeks to get ready.

The high school swimmers use this meet as a way to stay in shape in the off-season. Plus – many of them are able to use it as a benchmark meet for goals.

Meanwhile the Seahawks as a group will be aiming for new personal bests in the water and SDMS is looking to place higher as a team for the third consecutive year.

If you’re attending the meet this weekend, there are a lot of things to know. Read key meet details below.

Meet Session Report & Event Numbers

MWR Session Report – Shows what events are in each session and in which pool

SDMS Event List – Shows events & event numbers for each SDMS swimmer

Warm Up Times

7:20am – Doors Open
7:50am – Can be on pool deck
8:00am – Warm ups
9:00am – Meet Starts

7:00am – Doors Open
7:30am – Warm ups
8:30am – Meet Starts

Check the MYAS website at any time for updates.

Plan on arriving early! It is important for the morning swimmers to be there to help coaches hold a team area on the bleachers. SDMS typically tries to secure the same spot every year – the first set of bleachers on the NORTH SIDE of the pool, halfway down the deck between both pools.

Bag Tags & Weekend Passes

Remember, swimmers MUST have a bag tag with them to gain entry to the meet and be on the deck. Please ensure the bag tag is firmly attached to the bag as part of your meet packing and preparations.

All weekend passes purchased through SDMS have arrived and been handed out this week at practice. If you haven’t received yours, be sure to grab it at practice.

T-Shirts & Caps

The SDMS Midwest Regionals t-shirts and caps have arrived! We’ve been handing them out to swimmers all week at practice. If you ordered one as a fan, you can pick up yours at practice too.

High School Swimmers Participate in SDMS Club Meet

Monday (7/7) was the last club dual meet of the season for SDMS club swimmers. Several Rails swimmers participated, aiming to keep in shape for the upcoming high school seasons.

This club meet was a fun one – a rematch of Gray vs. Gold that was filled with great races!

In the first meet, the Gray team won by 13 points. This time – it came down to a slim two point victory for the Gray team. Great job to swimmers of all ages!

Meet Highlights

Here are just few meet highlights. Since we can’t recognize everyone’s great swims – be sure to check out the full meet results.

  • Cooper Worth’s 100 Breaststroke time of 1:11
  • Sara Bennett’s splitting 27.01 seconds in the 200 Medley Relay
  • Drew Garrett swimming a 1:05 100 Free
  • Alexis Trucano’s 31 second 50 Free time

There’s just one club swim meet left and it’s the biggest one of the season! The SDMS Championship Swim Meet is Monday, July 21st. The practices leading into this meet are designed to help swimmers achieve off-season best times. This meet is an important part of summer training because it provides a solid benchmark going to into the school year. Plus – the Championship Meet is where swimmers can earn medals if they come in first, second or third for the event.

Check the South DM Swimming website for more details on the Championship Meet next week.

Hard at Work in the Off-Season!

Both the high school men’s and women’s teams have big goals for their respective seasons in 2014. To prepare – the guys and girls are working out all summer long!

Monday through Thursday, they’re in the pool at 7:00AM. After swimming until 8:30, they tackle dry-land training like weight lifting, cardio, plyometrics and more.

Girls Season Goals
The high school girls have several team goals, in addition to individual goals. Here are the top three goals:

  • Send swimmers to the state meet in Marshalltown for the 12th time in 13 years
  • Finish top two in the Metro
  • Repeat as Lincoln Invite: Pink in the Pool Champions

With faster and faster state cut times, strong competition in the metro and the addition of Cedar Rapids Washington to the LHS Invite – it will be challenge. But this team of dedicated young women is up for it!

Boys Season Goals
Just like the girls, the guys have big goals for their season. The top three team goals are:

  • Send swimmers to the state meet in Marshalltown for the 7th straight year
  • Finish top two in the Metro
  • An 8 win season (at a minimum!)

Again – these goals will take hard work! But the guys are extremely motivated to succeed.

The Rails are already looking forward to the competition of swim season!

Rails Swimmers Help SDMS to 6th Straight Title!

Congratulations to all the Rails swimmers who participated on the club team this summer! The SDMS Seahawks came away with their 6th consecutive win! Meanwhile, the participating high school athletes had the chance to win some medals and set new time standards in advance of season. Friday’s session was filled with current and future Rails swimmers, who set the tone winning 50% of the available medals for the evening!

Some meet highlights include:

  • Girls A 200 15 & Up Medley (Harrison, A. Skartvedt, V. Santiago, Simpson) had a time of 2:04.75
  • Boys A 200 15 & Up Sprint Relay (Belden, Co. Worth, Chidley, Ca. Worth) with a time of 1:40.38
  • Girls 11-12 A 200 Free Relay (Ervin, Niemeyer, E. Benson, and E. Worth) went a 2:13.23. E. Benson and E. Worth both split 31 seconds in their 50 Free!
  • Boys 11-12 A 200 Free Relay (J. Santiago, Evans, Bennett, Clark) had a time of 1:57.76. Clark split 27 seconds in his 50 Free! The team missed the conference record by just .50 of a second!

Check out the complete meet results for all the great swims. Read more about the meet, see final scores and learn more about Thursday’s end-of-season party on the club website.

What’s Next
Practice will continue for all the high school swimmers until the start of girls season. Practices will remain Mon.-Thurs. from 7:00-9:00AM, with swimming and dryland training.

High Schoolers Help Club Team Go For Another Title!

Almost every member of the high school girls and boys team joined the club team this summer. It’s been a great way for them to stay in shape. Plus – they’ve been able to have friendly competition among each other and other teams around the city.

Now – they’re helping the club team try for a 6th consecutive conference title! Details on the meet can be found on the club swimming website, including the session information, warm-up schedules, and more.

Don’t forget to check out the complete meet entry list.

Volunteers Needed
We will need two timers for each of the sessions, help with concessions on deck (in the office like dual meets) and help watching our team up in the gym during the meet. Please email Coach Weber if you are willing to help out. As many of you know, it takes a lot of coaches, parents and organization to run this meet the right way, but this is why we are asked every season to host. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers, so thank you!

High Schoolers Swim Big at Club Meets

Club swimming is in full swing with most of Lincoln’s high schoolers participating on the SDMS team. In the first three club meets, there have been several outstanding swims!

Guys and girls alike have set new personal bests (even faster then their district times!) in their events. These fast times bode well for the upcoming seasons when they set their sights on winning dual meets and sending several events to state.

While we can’t recognize all of the outstanding swims, here’s a few from the first three meets:

  • Ane Skartvedt posting a 1.02 100 freestyle and a 1.22 100 breast!
  • Christian Beldan hitting :56 on the 100 free!
  • Jordan Greenwood swimming the 200 free for the first time with a time of 2.16!
  • Cooper Worth setting a personal best in the 100 free with a :58.5!
  • Olivia Simpson splitting a 27.2 twice while anchoring winning relays
  • Tom Chidley getting down to a low 1.03 in the 100 back!
  • Sara Bennett splitting a low :30 in the 50 fly and hitting 2.19 in the 200 free!
  • Abby Harrison hitting :32 in the 50 back and 1.12 in the 100 back!

To see full meet results for the club meets, check out the South DM Swimming website > Club Swimming > Current Season.

Just one more club meet is left in the summer season! Then the high schoolers will take aim at the Conference Meet shooting for fast times and medals. Conference Meet details will be featured on the SDMS website on July 15th.

Swimmers Attack Summer Workouts

The 2013-14 Lincoln High School swimmers started getting back in to shape this spring and have continued hitting the pool hard as school was released and summer started. Besides swimming every morning, they also are hitting the weight room twice and week and doing some dry land cardio workouts twice a week on opposite days. Participation in summer workouts is at an all-time high, with both teams aiming for record participants on each squad in more than a decade, and goals of state qualifiers and point finishers this season.

Summer Off-Season Registration Open

n59200422_31148628_2745[1]Summer high school off-season registration is open! Now you can register for club swimming and off-season workouts online. This annual fee covers summer swimming with the South DM Seahawks (and club meet fees) and winter/spring off-season workouts.


  1. Go to www.southdmswimming.bigcartel.com
  2. Look for High School Swimmer – Off season on the main page
  3. View the product and add to cart
  4. Don’t forget your USA Swimming registration if you’d like to swim in USA swim meets
  5. Complete checkout (you’ll be bridged over to PayPal to finish paying).
  6. Email Coach Weber with your swimmer’s name and T-shirt size.

Off-season training is an important part of high school swimming. While the high school season is full of intense workouts, 12 weeks isn’t enough time to get in peak competitive shape. Plus, each year the state meet qualifying times become faster and faster. That means training in the off-season is essential for dual meet victories, meeting personal goals and swimming at state.

Have other swimmers who aren’t in high school? There’s club swimming options for all ages and abilities. Check them out on www.southdmswimming.bigcartel.com.

Go Rails!

Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers! Rails Swimming is looking for timers for all home meets.  We’re also in need of timers, ribbon and program volunteers for the Conference Meet in February.  Check out the Volunteer Sign-Up sheet. If you can volunteer, email Coach Weber and tell him for which event(s). Your help is appreciated!!


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