Marshalltown Head Girl’s Swim Coach Angie Nelson made it fairly clear forward of Saturday’s state swim meet what the Bobcats’ objectives have been — enchancment and strong efficiency in each race.
Although the Bobcats solely picked up two factors on Saturday, they did simply that by enhancing their seedings in each the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Nelson mentioned the day is a superb alternative for the Bobcats returning to achieve extra expertise on the state’s largest stage, particularly for the swimmers who shall be returning for the 2023 season.
“Good for the future, good performance and a way to move up a place,” mentioned Nelson.
In the day’s opening occasion, the medley relay, the group of Maeve Janssen, Lesli Waltermire, Averie Wittkop and Rachel Case completed twenty ninth with a time of 1 minute, 57.15 seconds – roughly the identical time they certified for certified thirty first for the state. The Bobcats moved up two locations within the leaderboard and completed fifth of their run. This was a optimistic begin to the day.
Next up was Waltermire’s first solo race of the day within the 50 freestyle. She certified fifteenth with a 25.25 and completed sixteenth with a time of 25.48 and picked up some extent. She completed sixteenth once more after a time of 56.21 within the 100 freestyle – not her greatest time within the occasion after slicing practically seven tenths within the heats.
It was one other deserved level, nevertheless, and it was the third race in a day that proved vastly rewarding for the MHS junior.
“It’s surprising and it’s such a dream come true,” Waltermire mentioned. “I by no means thought I’d make it this far, so I’m very completely happy about it.
“I think it’s really cool how it all just came together and we found the person we needed for the season and it just worked out great.”
In the 200 freestyle relay, Janssen swam her final occasion as a bobcat. The senior pulled off a cut up of lower than 25 seconds to get the Marshalltown relay going with a fast begin. Janssen, Case, Wittkop and Waltermire reduce the time and mixed their greatest efficiency of the season with 1:42.77. It jumped her from twenty third on the grid to 18th, simply two spots away from scoring extra factors.
Janssen ends her profession after hitting the state a number of occasions with relays and making the state preliminary rounds within the 50 Free. On Friday, Janssen positioned twenty fourth within the 50m free with a time of 25.44.
Nelson had solely fond reminiscences of Janssen, noting how a lot progress she comprised of her freshman season to senior chief and dash specialist.
“Maeve is very spirited, fun to be with,” Nelson mentioned. “Not solely will we miss the dash occasions she will set for us in each single competitors, however what we may also miss is her angle in direction of the staff. This shall be an enormous failure.
“Maeve’s growth over her four years as a bobcat has been incredible. She didn’t start out like the fast sprinter you see today. There she earned her way. She’s gotten stronger, she’s gotten faster with off-season work.”
Along with Wittkop, Waltermire and Case, Libby Meyer and Maisie Gummert have been underclassmen who had an impression on the varsity lineup that season. With Wittkop and Waltermire at the highest, Nelson is hoping they make a leap of their second season with the varsity group.
“It’s a really good lesson in competition and how to prepare to be in wavy water and in close competition at almost every single event,” mentioned Nelson. “We have a lot of potential there”
Iowa Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships
At Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA
Final Team Standings – 1st Waukee 402, 2nd Dowling Catholic 267.5, third Johnston 184, 4th Ames 156, fifth Davenport Central 123, sixth Iowa City West 122.5, seventh Cedar Falls 108, eighth Ankeny 108 , 9 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 101, 10 Linn-Mar 94, 11 West Des Moines Valley 84, 12 Sioux City West 76, 13 (tie) Fort Dodge, Pleasant Valley 60, 15 Lewis Central 52, 16 Mason City 41, seventeenth Iowa City High 36, 18th Grinnell 32, nineteenth Bettendorf 28, twentieth Southeast Polk 24, twenty first (tie) Boone, Dubuque Wahlert 23, twenty third Newton 21, twenty first Marshalltown 19, twenty fifth Waterloo West 16, 26. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 15, 27. Carroll 13, 28. (tie) Cedar Rapids Washington, Perry 9, 20. (tie) Decorah, Des Moines Lincoln, Ottumwa 6.