FD girls put on Senior Night show
The Fort Dodge girls swim team capped off one of the better regular seasons in the last quarter-century with a 125-60 win over Marshalltown in the Dodger pool on Tuesday night.
The Dodgers finished the season with a 5-4 mark in duals, including a first-ever victory over West Des Moines Valley last month. They also added a first-ever team title in their home Gary Winkler Invite.
“We never really talked about a goal for dual meets,” said FDSH head coach Ashley Koons. “I picked out three meets I wanted to load up for, and this was one of them, being Senior Night.
“For us to do better than that is incredible. It just shows how hard the girls have worked.”
Fort Dodge won nine events against the Bobcatrs, led by double individual winners Taylor Hartley and Lehr Thorson.
Hartley, a junior, won the 200 individual medley in 2:14.15, and the 100 freestyle in 54.84. Thorson, a senior, took the 50 freestyle championship in 25.69, and the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.46.
Freshman Luanne Xiao added a gold in the 500 freestyle for the Dodgers, clocking 5:43.19 and Kate Keith claimed the 100 backstroke in 1:02.1.
Fort Dodge also captured all three relay firsts. The 200 medley clocked 1:54.40 with Xiao, Thorson, Hartley and senior Gretta Leigh. The 200 freestyle swam 1:44.45 with Leigh, junior Adyson McKinney, Thorson and freshman Madigan Peimann.
The 400 free relay won in 3:57.38 with Peimann, McKinney, Xiao and Hartley.
“We’re still swimming some pretty tough yardage in practice,” said Koons. “It’s great that we’re still seeing good times.
“We’re not going to rest for the conference meet. We’ll rest before regionals, then we’ll really see some time drops.”
The Dodgers also showed their ever-improving depth, placing 1-2-3 in four different events.
Leigh (2:23.03) and freshman Elora Fierke (2:23.81) were second and third behind Hartley in the 200 IM. Leigh (26.27) and Piemann (26.27) finished behind Thorson in the 50 free.
Peimann (57.05) and Fierke (1:00.16) were second and third in the 100 free.
Freshman Morgan Border (1:19.31) and senior Meagan Hartman (1:22.6) were second and third in the breaststroke.
Keith added a second in the 200 freestyle (2:08.32) and Border was second in the 100 butterfly (1:11.01).
Fort Dodge’s 200 medley relay team of Keith, Fierke, Border and Hartman placed second in 2:04.02.
The Dodgers now have more than a week off before swimming the CIC Conference meet at Johnston on Oct. 20. That meet features six of the Top 10 squads in the latest power rankings, led by No. 1 Waukee.