Dodgers fall short vs. Dowling


After having a little fun the past two dual meets, Fort Dodge girls swim coach Ashley Koons said it’s time for her team to get down to work.

Koons mixed and matched her lineup again last night against Dowling as the Maroons posted a 112-71 victory. She did the same thing in last week’s loss to Johnston.

“I think the girls have fun with it,” said Koons. “It gets a little boring swimming the same events over and over. But now we exspect to win the next three meets.

“We need to figure out what are our strongest relays and what events we are going to swim at districts. I plan to load up our lineup for these next three.”

The Dodgers start out their final run at Mason City next Tuesday before swimming against Carroll and Spencer on Oct. 6. They close out their dual season Oct. 11 at home against Marshalltown.

Last night, the Dodgers won five events, including two relays.

Fort Dodge got individual wins from Taylor Hartley in the 50 freestyle (25.79), Kate Keith in the 100 backstroke (1:01.89) and Lehr Thorson in the 100 breast.

The Dodgers won the 200 medley relay with Luanne Xiao, Thorson, Hartley and Gretta Leigh swimming 1:54.36. They won the 200 free relay in 1:44.18. Madigan Peimann, Adyson McKinney, Thorson and Leigh made up the foursome.

“Our two relays really crushed it,” said Koons. “We just missed the school record in the medley. We want that so bad.”

Fort Dodge went 1-2 in a couple events. Thorson was second in the 50 free in 26.27 and Leigh was just touched out by Thorson in the 100 breast, clocking 1:10.06.

“I can always count on Gretta and Lehr to push each other,” said Koons. “It was great to see Kate Keith finish so strong in the 100 back.”

Hartley added a second place in the 100 free in 54.68 and Peimann was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:39.87.

“Madigan was so nervous before that race. I was so happy to see her get second and she swam her best time,” said Koons.

The Dodgers were also second in the 400 free relay, swimming 3:32.47 with Peimann, Xiao, McKinney and Hartley.

The Dodgers will travel to Mason City on Tuesday. Action will begin at 5:30 p.m.