Ed. note: The Storm Lake High School Girls' Swim team includes some members from Cherokee, and is also coached by Cherokee's Jodi B. Mongan. Here is a condensed version of their fall season so far, as reported by Coach Mongan.
We traveled to Sioux City East High School where 110 swimmers from 5 teams participated in the meet. Storm Lake's 17 swimmers raced 67 times and posted 57 times that were faster than the seed times submitted.
Not much of a write up to submit for this meet. It is an unscored meet and we only swam 50 yd races, when we will usually race 100yds. Only 5 swimming events - which is why it is called the Pentathlon.
It was a great first meet to start the season; especially for the new swimmers since it was less formal than a normal meet and only had the 5 events.
The Storm Lake Girls' swim team traveled to Ames, but it was not to cheer on either the Cyclones or the Hawkeyes at the football game; instead it was to participate in the Ames Invitational Swim Meet against some powerhouse teams. The team only scored in three events - the three relays, but still placed 7th out of 8 teams at the meet. The relay teams were able to score due to the rule that only one relay per team can score; so out of 8 potential scoring relays we placed 5th, 7th and 7th. The 5th place 200 yd medley relay team of Brianna Fowler, Mary Mooney, Paige Stieneke and Lindsay Hall won the team's only ribbons for the day by posting a 2:14.16 time in the first swimming event of the day. In the eighth swimming event of the day, the 200 yd free relay team of Hall, Jenna Harms, Anna Wulfekuhler and Stieneke took seventh with their time of 1:59.83. In the final event of the day, the 400 yd free relay team of Casey Larson, Brianna Fowler, Alex Larson, and Mooney also took seventh with a time of 5:00.03.
In a meet dominated by Ames and Johnston, the swimmers our team was focused on personal improvement ,and boy did we get that. Keeping in mind that the longer the event, the easier it is to drop time, we saw the most dramatic time improvements in the 500 yd freestyle. Sophomore Brianna Fowler, competing in the event for the first time competitively, posted a 7:21.97 time, compared to her 8:15.47 time from time trials. 11:07.67 time from time trials.
I hope it was inspiring to my swimmers to watch the swimmers from Ames, Johnston and Carroll, and I hope we can continue to post improvements in our times over the next month and a half of our season, though I don't expect them to be as dramatic as the improvements we saw in Ames.
On Tues, Sept. 22, the Storm Lake Girls' Swim Team traveled to Sioux City for a dual meet with the East High School Swim Team. Though the meet was short , and we came out on the short end of the point total, we had some good results during the meet. The final score was East 123 to Storm Lake's 48.
The best finishes during the meet were in the 50yd free. Sr. Paige Stieneke just touched out Soph. Lindsay Hall to give us a 1-2 finish in the race. Paige's time was :28.17 and Lindsay's :28.59. Lindsay also finished second in the 100 yd free a few races later in a time of 1:03.03-her best time of the season so far in that event. She beat out Stieneke in this one, with Paige placing 3rd in the event in a time of 1:05.41. The other 2nd place finish during the meet was the 200 yd free relay team of Stieneke, Sr. Jenna Harms, Soph. Anna Wulfekuhler and Hall who finished in a time of 1:58.98 their best effort so far this season.
The team posted 6 other third place finishes during the meet. In individual events Sr. Jenna Harms took 3rd in the 200yd Indiv. Medley in a season best time of 2:59.97, and also in the 100 yd butterfly in a time of 1:25.32 after a very short rest. Soph. Brianna Fowler placed 3rd in the 100yd backstroke in a time of 1:21.99, while freshman, Alex Larson took 3rd in the 100yd breaststroke in 1:32.67-her best swim in that event this season. The final two 3rd place finishes were relays. The 200yd medley relay team of Fowler, Jr. Madison Cerizo, Harms and Stieneke posted a time of 2:23.26, while the 400yd free relay team of Freshman, Casey Larson, Fowler, Alex Larson and Hall posted the team's season best in this event with a time of 4:53.67.
On Sat. Sept 26 the team made a very early start on their way to Des Moines North High School for the Polar Bear Invitational Swim Meet.
There were six teams competing in the meet and the final point totals were: Hoover HS 271pts; DesMoines North HS 252pts; Dowling Catholic JV 193pts; Storm Lake HS 177pts; Algona HS 141pts and Perry HS 132pts.
Two 3rd place finishes by Soph. Lindsay Hall were our top places during the meet. She placed 3rd in the 50yd free in :28.41 and in the 100yd free in 1:03.94. Next up were a pair of individual 4th place finishes as well as a 4th place relay finish. Senior Mary Mooney took 4th in the 100yd breastroke in 1:23.64 and Soph Brianna Fowler placed 4th in the 100yd backstroke in 1:21.19. The 200yd free relay team also took 4th place in a season best time of 1:58.86. The team was made up of Stieneke, Soph. Alex Larson, Sr. Jenna Harms and Hall.
We also had three 5th place finishes during the meet. Senior Paige Stieneke was close behind Hall in the 50yd free, taking 5th in :28.65 as well as in the 100yd free, where she took 5th in 1:05.71. Next was Mooney who took 5th place in the 500yd free in a time of 6:39.26.
Rounding out the ribbon winning finishes was a 6th place finish in the 200yd free by Freshman Casey Larson in a time of 2:44.49, her best thus far. There were several more great performances during the meet where girls improved their individual best times which is what makes the day all the more fun.
The Storm Lake Girls' Swim Team hosted their only meet of the season on Thurs night at the BV pool, where they competed in a double dual against Spencer and Algona. The team's seniors were also honored as part of parent's night during the second break of the meet. We have a unique group of seniors this year as they all come to the team from different school districts. The lone Storm Lake HS senior is Mary Mooney, a distance free and breaststroke specialist; Jenna Harms from Alta swims butterfly and Individual Medley; Paige Stieneke comes to the team from Cherokee and swims sprint freestyle and Rachel Anderson, in her first year of swimming, comes from Schaller-Crestland and does backstroke and sprint freestyle.
In the head - to - head competitions, Spencer beat both Algona and Storm Lake with a 75 to 19 win over Algona and a 63 to 31 win over Storm Lake. Storm Lake beat Algona by a score of 61 to 35 in the final head to head scoring for the night. In the individual races, Soph Lindsay Hall again took home the top honors of the meet by placing first in the 100yd free in a time of 1:03.55. The team had a trio of second place finishes, one by Sr. Mary Mooney in the 500yd free in a time of 6:41.51, another by Soph. Brianna Fowler in the 100yd backstroke, in a season best time for her in that event of 1:19.17 and the third by the 200yd free relay team of Sr. Paige Stieneke, Jr. Madison Cerizo, Sr. Jenna Harms and Hall in a time of 1:58.52.
The team had five 3rd place finishes during the meet; four in individual events and one relay. The 200yd Senior medley relay team of Anderson, Mooney, Harms and Stieneke took third in a time of 2:16.96.
Storm Lake had six 4th place finishes, including Paige Stieneke who took 4th in both the 50yd free ( :28.62) and the 100 yd free (1:04.86) to complete the race, her best time this season. Brianna Fowler placed 4th in the 500yd free in a time of 7:15.7.
Two more relays placed fifth during the meet. The B 200yd medley relay team of Fowler, Cerizo, Wulfekuhler and Hall clocked in at 2:20.84 in taking 5th, while the B 400yd free relay team of Anderson, Jr. Stacey Stark, Jr. Jessica Stelle and Fowler did it in that event in a time of 5:15.56.
It was really fun to swim in front of a home crowd and there was a pretty good sized group of people there to watch and cheer us on. I know many of the girls were pleased with their times at the meet and it was also fun to honor our four great seniors.
We had a fun and successful meet at Sioux City Metro(North) tonight. We didn't have a LOT of season bests but a few and some good place finishes. We had one first place finish, five seconds, five thirds, four fourths, six fifths and five sixths.
In the first event of the meet, the 200 yd medley relay team of Brianna Fowler, Mary Mooney, Paige Stieneke and Lindsay Hall took second place in a time of 2:14.71. Paige Stieneke posted the team's only first place finish of the meet by finishing this race in her season best time of 27.52, just .01 ahead of the second place swimmer from Sioux City Metro; in the100 yd free, Lindsay Hall placed second in a time of 1:04.38, followed by Paige Stieneke in third with a time of 1:05.24; in the grueling 500 yd free, Brianna Fowler placed third in a time of 7:24.41; the 200yd free relay team of Stieneke, Cerizo, Harms and Hall placed second in a time of 2:01.49.
We faced Spencer and Algona again in a double dual, this time hosted by Spencer. We lost both head-to-head matches this time. The scores were Algona 51, Storm Lake 43; Spencer 73, Storm Lake 21.
Our top finishes during the meet were three second places, including Brianna Fowler in the 200yd free, in which she was competing for the first time this season and completed in a time of 2:37.00. Fowler also finished second in the 100yd backstroke in a time of 1:18.39, her best effort of the season. The 200 yd Medley Relay team of Fowler, Mooney, Stieneke and Hall finished third in a time of 2:13.86.
Our double dual with Sioux City Metro and Spencer in Sioux City got off to a rough start and it didn't get a lot better from there. After a little misunderstanding about the start time of the meet , we arrived at Sioux City North HS a bit late and caused the meet to get started about 20 min. late. With sickness having its grips on about half of our team,we did the best we could to fill all the events., and did manage to post a couple season best times during the meet. We scored 43 points in both our head -to- head matches, with Spencer scoring 103 against us and Sioux City Metro scoring 109- they had a diver. We had only 12 swimmers participate in the meet, but one swam just one event and another just two and we were only able to field one 400 free relay team for the last event of the night. Our best places for the night were two relays that placed third -
The 200 yd medley relay team of Brianna Fowler, Mary Mooney, Paige Stieneke and Lindsay Hall in a time of 2:15.47, and the 200yd free relay team of Anna Wulfekuhler, Stieneke, Mooney and Hall, with a 1:59.89 time.
We hope to get to feeling better soon, as we are quickly approaching our year-end regional swim meet in Fort Dodge next Sat.