Dodgers dominate Marshalltown
Ashley Beaumont got to see what her Fort Dodge swim team could do on Tuesday when they weren’t across the pool from the eight-time defending state champions.
After facing top-ranked powerhouse Ames in their season opener, Fort Dodge welcomed Marshalltown to the Dodger Pool for their home debut. FDSH dominated the meet, winning 10 of the 11 swim events in a 117-63 victory.
“It was a meet were looking forward to after going against a team like Ames,” Beaumont said. “It’s nice to be able to get going and earn a victory against a conference opponent.”
Madigan Peimann, Grace Hartley and Eileen Fierke were all double winners, while Rylie Steinkamp also won an individual event.
Fort Dodge also took the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 free relay.
The Dodgers also finished one-two in nine of the events and first through third in 100 freestyle.
Peimann won the 200 freestyle (2:01.36), and was also victorious in the 100 freestyle (55.47).
“Madigan was one second off a state-qualifying time in the 100 (freestyle), which is terrific this early in the season,” Beaumont said. “And Eileen is swimming well a new varsity (competitor).”
Hartley was the 200 IM champion (2:17.81), and the winner in the 500 freestyle (5:28.22).
In only her second varsity meet, Eileen Fierke won the 50 freestyle (25.84) and the 100 backsroke (1:05.18).
Steinkamp earned gold in the 100 butterfly (1:04.97).
Hartley, Fierke and Steinkamp were on two winning relays, and Peimann was on one.
The Dodger quartet of sisters Eileen Fierke, Elora Fierke, Steinkamp and Hartley (1:57.86) won the 200 medley relay.
Peimann, Steinkamp, Claire Kienzle and Hartley were champs in the 200 freestyle (1:48.30) and Eileen, Elora, Morgan Border and Peimann (3:59.23) won the 400 freestyle.
“It was good to be able to have our girls go out and get things going,” Beaumont said. “It was also nice for our new swimmers to compete against an opponent like this.”
Finishing second for the Dodgers were Makenna Kammerer (200 freestyle), Steinkamp (200 IM), 100 butterfly (Kammerer), Border (100 freestyle), Elora Fierke (500 freestyle), Kat Flores (100 backstroke) and Kienzle (100 backstroke)≥
The Dodger quartet of Kammerer, Maria Elizondo, Jalen Adams and Flores were second in the 400 freestyle relay.
“We have Algona next and then our home invite, so it’s good to be out and competing at home,” Beaumont said. “I’m super proud of the girls.”
Fort Dodge is back in action on Thursday when they host Algona.