FOREST CITY - The Cherokee Swim Team completed its 2010 season by placing 3rd out of 11 teams at the 2010 AHEELA Conference swim meet here on Saturday, July 24.
The top finishing team of the day was host Forest City which scored 1760 points. They were followed by Algona with 1502.5, and Cherokee's tally for the day was 1131 points. Close behind them, in 4th place, was Rockwell City at 1025.5, then Storm Lake with 911 points. Emmetsburg 6th with 513 points, Laurens with 467, Fort Dodge at 218. Rounding out the line-up were the three small teams of Webster City at 149, Humboldt at 122 and Eagle Grove at 63 points.
Cherokee coach Jodi B. Mongan said, "The Conference meet is a great season-end challenge for the team and a chance to see how much they have improved over the season while facing some tough competition. At this meet, the top three finishers earn medals, while the remaining competitors receive ribbons. This is the only meet of the season where a score is officially kept, and the top 12 finishers in each event earn points, with relays being worth double the points of the individual events. To keep things more fair for the smaller teams, only the top two finishers from each team are allowed to score in any one event."
Cherokee boasted only one triple winner for the day, but the team earned lots of medals. Lindsay Williams was the lone triple winner, and she had a great season- ending meet by winning the 9-10 girls' 25 yd. butterfly in 17.16 seconds, the 50 yd. freestyle in 34.09 seconds and the 25 yd. freestyle in 15.22 seconds.
Michael Rosewall also had a great day. He won two events in the 13-14 boys' age group. He took first in the 50 yd. butterfly - his first time racing the event - in 33.31 seconds, and also in the 50 yd. freestyle in 27.68 seconds. Michael also took home a silver medal with his performance in the 100 yd. freestyle, which he completed in 1:04.1.
Three more swimmers earned medals in each of their events, while not taking first in all of them. First on that list was Halie Kraft, who took first in the 13-14 girls' 50 yd. butterfly with her time of 34.19, while her 1:06.39 time in the 100 yd. freestyle was good for second place, as was her performance in the 50 yd. freestyle, which she finished in 29.88 seconds. Kylie Mongan earned one medal of each color during the meet, taking first in the 9-10 girls' 100 yd. freestyle in 1:15.34, second in the 100 yd. Individual Medley (I.M.) in 1:28.78, and third in the 25 yd. breaststroke in 21.28 seconds. Brennon Prentice came home from the meet with three second place finishes - one behind his teammate Michael Rosewall, in the 50 yd. freestyle, which Brennon finished in 29.52. In the 50 yd. breaststroke, Brennon's second place time was 37.25 seconds, and in the 100 yd. I.M., his time of 1:18.94 earned him another silver medal.
The team had three more first place winners during the meet. Emily Haselhoff won the 13-14 girls' 50 yd. breaststroke in a time of 38.5, Tyler Richardson won the 9-10 boys' 25 yd. breaststroke in 21.72 seconds, and Matthew Stieneke took home gold in the 8 & under boys' 25 yd. backstroke event by finishing in 24.44 seconds.
The three final medal winners all brought home bronze from the meet. Jennifer Barritt took third in the 9-10 girls' 25 yd. freestyle by posting a 17.09 second time; Megan Brown was third in the same event in the 8 & under girl's age group, where her bronze medal time was 19.49 seconds; and Calvin Chalstrom's time of 43.68 seconds in the 11-12 boys' 50 yd. breaststroke event also earned him a bronze medal.
Coach Mongan said that the biggest factor in Cherokee's third place finish was the fact that all of their relays that were eligible to score points - nine relays - did so. The 9-10 girls continued to dominate their age group by winning both of their relays. In the 100 yd. Medley Relay, it was Kylie Mongan, Alyssa Trapp, Lindsay Williams and Jennifer Barritt who took first in a time of 1:17.37; while it was Mongan, Williams, Barritt and Addisyn Jensen who won the 100 yd. Free Relay in 1:08.59. The 13-14 girls took home two silver medals with their team of Halie Kraft, Britney Sargent, Mikayla Schuett and Emily Haselhoff. Their silver medal time in the 200 yd. Medley Relay was 2:29.62, while in the 200 yd. Free Relay it was 2:11.45.
Rounding out the relay medalists were five bronze medal finishes. The 8 & under girls took third in the 100 yd. Medley Relay in a time of 1:46.75 with the team of Megan Boger, Morgan Graybill, Emma Jensen and Megan Brown. For the boys in that age group, it was Matthew Stieneke, Kaiden Royster, Kameron Royster and Curtis Riedemann who took third with their time of 2:09.85. The 11-12 boys were third in the 200 yd. Medley Relay with the team of Kyle Roepke, Calvin Chalstrom, Taylan Entriken and Brett Barritt finishing in 2:56.9. The 15-18 girls took third in both of their relays, with the team of Mikaela Booth, Beth Hanner, Niesa Freed and Brianna Fowler swimming the 200 yd. Medley Relay in 2:34.55 and the same girls completing the 200 yd. Free Relay in 2:17.54.
Mongan stated, "A total of 50 swimmers competed at the meet, which was also a big factor in the Cherokee Swim Club placing so high in the team rankings at the meet. Every swimmer's contribution was important - not just those winning medals. Even better than the third place team finish were the number of season best times posted during the meet. Of the 131 individual swims during the meet, 87 of them were season best times, for a percentage of 66%. By contrast, last years' conference meet boasted just over 50% of the swims being season best times. This attests to the hard work put in by the swimmers throughout the summer.
"The team will wrap up the season with an awards potluck, where every swimmer will take home at least one award as well as receiving all of their ribbons from the Conference meet."