Dodger swimmers sweep

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla: Julia Eastman of Southeast Valley swims for Fort Dodge earlier this week in the Dodger pool. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

After building momentum during a busy week and three straight wins, the Fort Dodge girls’ swim season is about to reach the deep end.

For the third time in six days, the Dodgers were in their own pool. On Thursday night, Fort Dodge handled Perry (58-42) and Algona (67-35).

On Tuesday, the Dodgers defeated Mason City.

Head coach Ashley Beaumont decided to go with a “fun” lineup, giving FDSH a chance to try some new things in different events.

“It was an enjoyable night, and we decided to go with some mixed events,” Beaumont said. “We still wanted to go strong, because Perry hadn’t lost a meet.

“We didn’t want to be over-confident, but we wanted to try some things.”

Julia Eastman, a junior at Southeast Valley, once again doubled up, this time winning the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.

Addison Daniel (100 butterfly) and Manson Northwest Webster’s Raegan Wooldridge (100 breaststroke) were also individual champs.

The 200 medley relay quartet of Daniel, Wooldridge, Rachel Moody and Maddie Pulis prevailed for FDSH.

“Julia really swam well again and had some good times,” Beaumont said. “Reagan usually swims the relay, but we had some different names in there and it was cool to see them be able to score some varsity points.”

In the 200 freestyle, Eastman touched the wall in 2:04.61 — ahead of Perry’s Sophia McDevitt (2:07).

In the 500 freestyle, Eastman finished in 5:40.21. McDevitt clocked a 5:43.48.

Daniel (1:11.63) was more than nine seconds faster than Mada Steburg (1:20.86) of Algona in the 100 butterfly.

Wooldridge (1:13.35) beat Perry’s Addison Huntington (1:22.10) in the 100 breaststroke.

Fort Dodge won the 200 medley in 2:11.32, well ahead of Perry (2:17.91).

Daniel (2:36.83, 200 IM) and Gracie Harvey (1:01.09 in 100 freestyle) were both second.

The 200 freestyle quartet of Harvey, Kylen Lubensky, Maddie Pulis and Eastman (1:51.67) took second. Harvey, Lubensky, Delaney O’Connor and Eastman were second in the 400 freestyle.

Algona came away with four event wins. Ella Welp was a double winner, capturing gold in the 50 freestyle (26.40) and the 100 freestyle (59.78)

State qualifier Reese Taylor (265.90) won the diving competition. Mada Steburg was golden in the 100 butterfly (1:20.86). Brooke Ludwig was second in the 100 backstroke (1:11.14).

The Dodgers are back in action on Tuesday at Ames.


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