Iowa Central hosts final home swim meet of season

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Keagan Wilson of Iowa Central competes in the men's 100 butterfly against Coe College on Friday in the Dodger pool. For more photos, please visit

The Iowa Central swim program faced Coe in a double dual at the Dodger Pool on Friday, wrapping up the home portion of their 2016-17 campaign.

The Triton men rolled to a 137-77 victory. The women were edged, 120-108.

Lucas Wittmann, Keagan Wilson and Dylan Van Pletzen were all winners in two events for Iowa Central. Wittmann took the 100 freestyle (48.48) and the 200 freestyle (1:48.15). Wilson prevailed in the 100 butterfly (personal-best 53.71) and 50 freestyle (season-best 21.99). Van Pletzen was victorious in the 100 individual medley (54.50) and 100 breaststroke (59.11).

The Triton men also took both the 200 medley relay (Devon Anderson, Van Pletzen, Wilson, Wittmann; season-best 1:37.58) and the 800 freestyle relay (Bader Benassila, Austin Monette-Waters, Dan Lothe, Nick Brunelli; 7:29.46). Anderson grabbed gold in the 100 backstroke (season-best 54.51).

”The men swam great,” ICCC head coach Joe Plane said. ”I’m really pleased with where we are. Our guys are stepping up and doing really well.”

On the women’s side, Sandra Alonso-Rivas won both the 100 individual medley (1:03.22) and the 100 freestyle (55.77). Amanda Ward was first in the 50 freestyle (26.22), and Kailie Valentine took the 100 butterfly (1:03.29).

Iowa Central also earned a win in the medley relay, as the quartet of Ward, Alonso-Rivas, Jana Burner and Ann Marie Spiker (1:53.36) was golden.

”The women won the swimming portion of the meet, but Coe picked up over 20 points on us in diving,” Plane said. ”But it was a good team effort overall.”

Plane also recognized FDSH for allowing the Tritons to host three home meets this fall.

”It’s just been an awesome experience, and the Dodger Pool is a tremendous facility,” Plane said. ”The kids have loved it and the environment it creates. (FDSH) treats us so well.”

The Tritons are now off until Jan. 7, when they visit Iowa Lakes.