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Dodger seniors shine

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Grace Hartley of Fort Dodge competes in the Dodger pool earlier this week.

On a night set aside for their five seniors, the Fort Dodge girls swim team came up with five victories.

Senior Grace Hartley, who has recorded a number of fast times in the Dodger pool, came away as an individual double winner and was part of a winning relay with St. Edmond senior Rylie Steinkamp.

The Dodgers lost a close 85-77 victory to Carroll, but knocked off Algona 116-46.

“We didn’t win, which was a little frustrating, but it was great to be able to honor our seniors,” said FDSH head coach Ashley Beaumont. “At the same time, we did see some good competition — which pushes us to go harder.”

Sophomore Eileen Fierke was also a double winner for the Dodgers.

Hartley earned gold in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:18.74 — more than three seconds faster than Melea Axman of Carroll. The Dodger senior also captured first by more than 30 seconds in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:38.85.

Hartley, Fierke, Steinkamp and freshman Raegan Wooldridge won the 200 medley relay in 2:00.46, seven seconds faster than Carroll.

Fierke was the 200 freestyle champ in 2:00.58, and also won the 100 backstroke in 1:05.07.

“It was nice to see Grace and Rylie earn double wins,” Beaumont said. “We had some girls like Raegan and Makenna Kammerer step up.”

Steinkamp added two silver medals to her relay gold. She finished behind Jenna Currier of Carroll in the 50 freestyle in a time of 26.88. She was also second in the 100 butterfly (1:07.95).

Wooldridge was behind Hartley in the 500 freestyle (6:09.52). The 200 freestyle relay team of Fierke, Steinkamp, Claire Kienzle and Hartley finished second in 1:48.37.

The Dodgers paid tribute to Hartley, Steinkamp, Tristin Doster, Kienzle, and Maddy Major.

“It was awesome to honor our seniors,” Beaumont said. “It’s great to be able to recognize them. With this season, you never know what is going to happen. We wanted to honor them early and say thank you to them.

“I’ve coached a couple of these girls since I have been here. This was emotional.”

The Dodgers are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Ankeny. Action begins at 5:30 p.m.

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