Mouton earns national titles
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Magali Mouton made history this week for the Iowa Central swim program.
On the opening day of the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships here on Wednesday, Mouton became the first female Triton to claim a national title, breaking the school record in the 50 breaststroke.
Mouton, a sophomore from France, followed that performance up by setting a new school record time in the 100 breaststroke to earn her second championship of the meet.
The final events take place here on Saturday.
Mouton went 29.99 to break the record in the 50, going 1:03.91 in the 100. She also earned a seventh in the 200 individual medley in 2:16.40.
“I’ve been training hard this whole year and I didn’t know what to expect,” Mouton said. “I was scared, but I kept hoping that it could be me.
“It is a unique and magical moment. It’s a moment that I won’t ever forget.”
Her teammate, Lily Wright placed third in the 100 individual medley, setting a new school record with a swim of 58.94. That broke her own mark set in the prelims earlier in the day.
Wright, Mouton, Shannon Murphy and Emily Small were runners-up in the 200 medley relay in 1:51.22.
Turner was third in the 100 individual medley with a time of 51.68, Kyle McKenzie third in the 100 breaststroke in 56.53, Drew Giles fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 56.69 and Tjeerd Van Stein placed fifth in the 100 backstroke.
Saige Knight earned fifth in the 200 butterfly in 2:16.91 and Shannon Murphy fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.03).
The men’s 200 medley relay of Javier Santiago, Giles, Dalton Hammel and Turner finished fourth in1 :34.70.
“I’m so proud of everyone,” Iowa Central head coach Joe Plane said. “We’re excited to finish off the meet on a high note.”
On the first day of the championships, Turner placed second in the 50 freestyle in 20.76 with the men’s 800 free relay of Ijspeert, McKenzie, Ferguson and Van Stein earning silver in 6:53.04.
Giles was also third in the 50 breaststroke and McKenzie set a new school record in the 200 individual medley at 1:51.54 to finish fourth.
The women’s 800 free relay of Penny Lawrence, Haley Snawerdt, Lexi Mast and Knight finished third in 8:38.64 with Murphy adding a fifth in the 50 breaststroke (30.97) and Wright a fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:12.19).
On Thursday, the Tritons picked up four second place finishes with McKenzie breaking his own school record in the 400 individual medley to grab silver in 3:56.00. Turner, Jones, Van Stein and McKenzie were runners-up in the 200 free relay in 1:25.68.
Wright, Small, Knight and Mouton placed second in the 200 free relay in 1:40.98 with Wright, Mouton, Murphy and Small earning silver in the 400 medley in 4:02.28.
Van Stein, McKenzie, Turner and Ijspeert were fourth in the 400 medley (3:24.56) with Turner placing fifth in the 100 butterfly (50.14).