As swimmers and divers head into conference meets, coaches start thinking ahead to the state-qualifying district meets looming a week later and if current times are any indication, Ames will be the team to beat.
Led by Amy Feddersen in the shorter freestyle events, and complimented with Sophie Sorenson in the back stroke and individual medley, Ames puts point on the board. Ames diver Jayna Misra has a season high of 317.65 in diving (six dives) to give Ames points mid-meet.
In the CIML, both Waukee and Johnston put strong relay teams together to move them to the top of the power rankings. Lexie Winnett scoring in short freestyle events as well as the 100-butterfly for Johnston.
Lewis Central senior MyKenzie Leehy tops all freestyle swimmers in the 50-, 100- and 200-Yard events, stopping the clock at 23.72, 51.99 and 1:52.32 respectively. Though the Lewis Central team may not be a threat for the state meet podium, look for Leehy to wear some gold medals home from Marshalltown in November.
Always threats at the end of the season, Dowling Catholic and West Des Moines Valley have strong teams that know how to score points when it matters. Dowling recently swam strongly at the Johnston Invitational, and meets Johnston again on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for a dual in the Dowling pool.
Valley senior Emily Wilson, when teamed with Reilly Shaner, Rachel Anfinson and Rachel Studer is a threat to any relay team, whether in freestyle or medley relays. With Wilson sitting as the top Valley backstroker and complimented by Studer in the breaststroke, Shaner in the fly and anchored by Anfinson – the Valley medley relay team is fast, stopping the clock at 1:41.24 already this year.
Conference swim meets begin next week (week of Oct. 17). Southeast Polk, Johnston and Des Moines Lincoln hosting.