Dodgers host Gary Winkler Invitational
Julia Eastman is just a freshman, but the Southeast Valley student is making steady progress far beyond her years for the Fort Dodge girls swim team.
Eastman was a double winner for the Dodgers at the annual Gary Winkler Invitational on Saturday, capturing both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke titles in the FDSH pool.
The homestanding Dodgers took third, finishing behind Sioux City Metro and West Des Moines Dowling’s varsity reserve squad.
“Julia had a great day,” Fort Dodge head coach Ashley Beaumont said. “It was awesome to see her step up and win two events. More importantly, she’s getting the experience she needs (at the varsity level) to continue to make progress and push herself.
“There’s always a balance between pushing yourself (through the regular season) and tapering to get ready (for districts and state). But Julia is making great progress, and she’ll get to push herself even more when we go to Ames for a dual on Tuesday. They’ll all get to measure up and see where they stand (against the third-ranked Little Cyclones).”
Eastman recorded times of 1:04.38 in the 100 butterfly and 1:05.19 in the 100 backstroke.
Raegan Wooldridge, a sophomore at Manson Northwest Webster, earned a silver in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.94) and bronze in the 200 individual medley (2:28.79). The Dodgers’ 200 medley relay quartet of junior Eileen Fierke, freshman Addison Daniel, Eastman and Wooldridge was also a runner-up in 2:00.36.
Junior Makenna Kammerer was third in the 200 freestyle (2:13.00) and 500 freestyle (5:54.20).
“Raegan and Makenna had terrific days,” Beaumont said. “They both sometimes get overshadowed, but they work incredibly hard and are really showing signs. Raegan’s breaststroke was amazing, and Makenna is just a quiet leader who is incredible versatile and important.”
Fierke, a two-time state medalist last year, hyperextended her elbow during the medley relay and was forced to miss the rest of the meet.
The Dodgers take on Ames this Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
GARY WINKLER INVITATIONAL
1. Sioux City Metro, 367; 2. West Des Moines Dowling, 343; 3. Fort Dodge, 267; 4. Spencer, 235.
200 Individual Medley – 1. Spencer (2:00.31); 2. Fort Dodge; 3. Sioux City Metro.
200 Freestyle – 1. Brecken Baller, SCM (2:03.04); 2. Reagan Jensen, WDMD; 3. Makenna Kammerer, Fort Dodge.
200 Individual Medley – 1. Claire Carlson, WDMD (2:26.53); 2. Katelyn Shaputis, SCM; 3. Raegan Wooldridge, Fort Dodge.
50 Freestyle – 1. Grace Aesoph, SCM (26.22); 2. Brooke Moser, Spencer; 3. Emily Kavlock, WDMD.
100 Butterfly – 1. Julia Eastman, Fort Dodge (1:04.38); 2. Katelyn Shaputis, SCM; 3. Reagan Jensen, WDMD.
100 Freestyle – 1. Brecken Baller, SCM (56.01); 2. Grace Aesoph, SCM; 3. Mya Miller, Spencer.
500 Freestyle – 1. Olivia Delarosa, SCM (5:40.14); 2. Claire Carlson, WDMD; 3. Makenna Kammerer, Fort Dodge.
200 Freestyle Relay – 1. Sioux City Metro (1:46.12); 2. Spencer; 3. WDM Dowling.
100 Backstroke – 1. Julia Eastman, Fort Dodge (1:05.19); 2. Brigid McGowan, SCM; 3. Alice Mahoney, SCM.
100 Breaststroke – 1. Brooke Moser, Spencer; 2. Raegan Wooldridge, Fort Dodge; 3. Audrey Farrar, Spencer.
400 Freestyle Relay – 1. Sioux City Metro (3:53.88); 2. WDM Dowling; 3. Spencer.