Strong 1st day for Tritons

FORT PIERCE, Fla. –The Iowa Central swim teams turned in three Top-5 finishes at the NJCAA National Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday.

After the first day of action, the women are in sixth place with 73 team points and the men are sixth with 69.

The women’s quartet Jordyn Dubois, Sandra Alonso Rivas, Grace Nordquist and Jana Burner were third in the 200 medley relay (1:52.59).

“That was a good swim and it came together well,” said Iowa Central head coach Joe Plane. “Sandra was put on the breaststroke and has been committed to that.

“We’re a little bummed we missed our school record by .09 seconds, but it was our fastest time this year.”

The men’s quartet of Lasse Jorgenson, Alfonso Flores, Fort Dodge graduate Mitchell Emery and Ian Hilbrant finished fifth in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:37.84.

“Lasse was fast and Alfonso also went fast,” Plane said. “Mitch went 22.1 on the 50 fly and that was the second best fly of the meet.

“We were a one second drop of our seed time.”

Karter Shimon was fifth in the 1000 freestyle (10:13.52).

“It was a 16 second drop off his season best time,” Plane said. “It was a time final and he didn’t have prelims, so he would have liked to have been faster.

“He was pleased with that with three more days to go. He has four relays and three individual events left.”

A quartet of Tritons competed in the 50 freestyle. Jorgenson (21.73) was 10th. Fort Dodge graduate Cayden Taylor (25.88) and Calvin Clark (26.58) were 33rd and 34th, while Fort Dodge graduate Ian Crowl (27.60) was 37th.

Flores was 14th (29.14) in the 50 breaststroke and Fort Dodge graduate Brennan DeCoursey was 24th (33.15).

Joshua Sunberg (10:46.51) was 15th and Crowl (12:25.50) was 21st in the 1000 freestyle.

Ian Hilbrant (2:09.42) and Flores (2:11.44) were 18th and 19th in the 200 individual medley.

On the women’s side a quartet of Tritons swam in the 50 freestyle. Alonso Rivas (24.41) was sixth and Burner (24.84) finished 11th. Ashley Wille (27.61) was 24th and Maria Havlik (29.71) was 28th.

Nordquist turned in a ninth place showing in the 1000 freestyle (11:26.19).

Lexi Quigley was 11th in the 50 breaststroke (33.46).

“Twelve of our 15 (this morning) swim times were the best of the season,” Plane said. “The kids were happy and not down. They know we could have done better, but we have some big goals we want to accomplish.”

The championships pick up again at 9:30 a.m.