Fort Dodge takes all 12 events to cap perfect week

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Sydney Crimmins of Fort Dodge competes during the 100 backstroke on Thursday in the Dodger Pool. For more photos, please visit

Fort Dodge head coach Ashley Beaumont went into Thursday’s swim dual with a plan.

The Dodgers wanted to move athletes around to get everyone in the pool and work on the small things to be fresh for the weekend.

Then tapering begins to make a run at the Gary Winkler Invitational next Saturday.

The Dodgers earned a 136-44 victory over Algona, sweeping all 12 events.

“We let the kids choose their events,” Beaumont said. “We just wanted to have the kids relax and prepare for the next two weeks.

“Our goal was to have fun, then get ready for the weekend and taper for our own invitational.”

Fort Dodge finished first through through third in three events, and went one-two in five more.

Madigan Peimann, Elora Fierke and Luanne Xiao were all double winners and were also on two winning relays each.

Peimann earned victories in the 200 freestyle (2:00.34) and 100 freestyle (55.29). Fierke won the 200 IM (2:22.10) and 500 freestyle (5:47.45). Xiao was champion in the 100 butterfly (1:04.61) and 100 breaststroke (1:16.48).

“We were looking to fix a few things as we went and preparing for the next week,” Beaumont said. “We were able to get a lot of girls in pool and have them try some new things.”

Rylie Steinkamp, Xiao, Grace Hartley and Fierke won the 200 medley (2:05.36). Peimann, Morgan Border, Steinkamp and Xiao were winners of the 200 freestyle relay (1:46.24).

The quartet of Peimann, Fierke, Border and Hartley ended the meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay (4:00.03).

Sydney Crimmins captured her first varsity gold, capturing the 100 backstroke (1:18.71). Grace Hartley was champ in the 50 freestyle (26.35).

Alicia Reed scored a 132.9 points in diving as part of a top-three finish with Kyle Crimmins and Rylie Reed.

Also going 1-2-3 for the Dodgers behind champion Fierke in the 200 IM was Emma Johnston and Olivia Anderson.

Xiao earned the 100 butterfly crown, while was second and Border was third.

“Emma, Olivia and Sydney had great nights in the pool,” Beaumont said. “Our divers looked good. Alicia did a great job and is getting ready for Linn-Mar.”

Algona came away with four runner-up performances on the evening. The quartet of Laura Stowater, Madison Valen, Kaitlyn Pollock and Cheyanne Fries placed second in the 200 medley relay (2:16.20).

Stowater, Valen, Pollock and Fries were also second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:59.26).

Abby Witta was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle (2:29.98).

Stowater was second in the 100 backstroke (1:19.05).

The Dodgers will head to the Linn-Mar Invitational on Saturday. Action begins at 9 a.m.