The Storm Lake Swim Team, featuring several Cherokee swimmers, competed in their final regular season meet Thursday night in Carroll, swimming in a double dual with a very strong host team and a Boone team which, said Coach Jodi B. Mongan, "We were pretty competitive with, despite the final score."
Storm Lake took only nine swimmers to the meet due to illness and All-State, but, said Mongan, "We had a fun time and tried a few different events than normal. We also opted out of the last relay of the meet and put all our swimmers in the first two relay events." The final team scores were Carroll 86, Storm Lake 10 and Boone 53, Storm Lake 38. "The Boone match was actually tied with four events remaining," said Mongan. "We were only down one point an event later and then down three after the next one, but Boone outscored us 13 to 1 in the last two events to finish with a nice advantage over us."
Storm Lake's top finishes were a trio of third places. In the 200yd free swimmers, Freshman Casey Larson came in third with a great finish in a time of 2:40.01 and sophomore Brianna Fowler was right behind her in 4th at 2:40.38. In the 100 free, sophomore Lindsay Hall placed third with a time of 1:05.8. The final third place finish went to senior Paige Stieneke, in an event she hadn't swam at all this season, the 500yd free, where she finished in a time of 6:43.76.
Storm Lake also had several fourth-place finishes, including the 200 yd medley relay team of Fowler, freshman Alex Larson, Stieneke and Hall in 2:18.86 ; the 200 yd free relay team of Hall, Fowler, senior Jenna Harms and Stieneke in 2:02.86; Jenna Harms took in the 200yd Indiv. Med. with a time of 3:02.93 and the 100yd butterfly in a time of 1:20.24; Lindsay Hall in the 50yd free, in a time of 29.00; and Brianna Fowler in the 100 yd backstroke in 1:21.84.
Coach Mongan said the team will take the weekend to try to get everyone well and then attempt to taper off their yardage next week and rest up their muscles for the regional meet in Fort Dodge, which starts at noon on October 31.
"It has been a bumpy last couple weeks with illness," she said, "but we hope to end the season with some great swims!"