Hartley, Thorson win CIML titles

JOHNSTON – Taylor Hartley and Lehr Thorson picked up CIML Iowa Conference swim titles here Thursday night, as the Fort Dodge girls finished third overall.

Johnston was the team champion, followed by West Des Moines Dowling.

Hartley captured the 200 freestyle in 1:56,82, while Thorson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.30.

For the first time, all-conference status was handed out to individual Top-3 finishers and Top-2 relay teams.

Hartley also secured all-conference status in the 100 freestyle, finishing second in 54.67. Gretta Leigh was third in the 100 breaststroke and Luanne Xiao was third in the 100 backstroke.

“For so many of our girls to get all-conference, that was a really neat and exciting thing,” FDSH head coach Ashley Koons said. “We still have girls who have not rested yet, but they are putting out some great times.

“We are really excited for regionals coming up.”

Fort Dodge’s 400 and 200 free relays each placed second. Madigan Peimann, Thorson, Xiao and Hartley comprised the 400 relay (3:46.96), while Peimann, Adyson McKinney, Katie Keith and Hartley swam the 200 free (1:43.9).

The 200 medley relay of Keith, Thorson, Xiao and Leigh finished third, while Elora Fierke was fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

Fort Dodge returns to the pool next Saturday when they host a regional meet.