The outcome was the same, but the way it came about was more acceptable by the coach's standards.
The Marshalltown girls' swimming and diving team suffered defeat, 103-82, at the hands of 11th-ranked Mason City on Tuesday night at the MHS pool, but the Bobcats competed to head coach Angie Nelson's liking. It was the way she'd hoped the squad would bounce back after a somewhat listless loss at Cedar Rapids Washington five nights earlier.
"We talked about it after the meet, we talked about it the next day, we talked about it the next day after that," Nelson said. "We worked on it Saturday at practice, we had some matchup races and I think that really helped them mentally be ready to race. It paid off because tonight they swam very, very well."
T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE
Marshalltown High School junior Therese Kuhlman competes in the 100-yard breaststroke during Tuesday’s home meet against 11th-ranked Mason City at the MHS pool. Kuhlman won this event in a time of 1 minute, 13.71 seconds.
Marshalltown (1-3) made it out of the CIML meet with five event victories. Junior Therese Kuhlman had a hand in three of them, gaining two individual wins and leading off for the 200-yard medley relay.
Chloe Kuehner, also a junior, topped the field in the 100 freestyle and also was on the medley relay, along with Raechel Hannam and Leah Barkema, and the Bobcats' diving trio swept the top three positions led by Kathleen McHenry.
Mason City senior Emma Sougstad broke the pool record in winning the 100 butterfly in a time of 58.24 seconds - 2 seconds faster than the previous mark. She is a two-time state champion in the event and was a part of four Mohawk event victories Tuesday night.
Mason City 103, Marshalltown 82
(Champion plus MHS placewinners)
200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. MHS (Kuehner, Hannam, Kuhlman, Barkema) 1:59.25; 3. MHS (Hala, Barske, McKown, Vopava) 2:14.30.
200 FREESTYLE - 1. Samantha Kraft, MC, 2:03.14; 4. Leah Barkema, MHS, 2:17.54; 5. Alexis Schneider, MHS, 2:22.42.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Therese Kuhlman, MHS, 2:25.89; 4. Maggie Carnahan, MHS, 2:41.70; 5. Ashley Hala, MHS, 2:47.41.
50 FREESTYLES - 1. Emma Sougstad, MC, 24.40; 3. Raechel Hannam, MHS, 27.90; 4. DarC Vopava, MHS, 28.00.
DIVING - 1. Kathleen McHenry, MHS, 185.40; 2. Phoebe Lynk, MHS, 181.95; 3. Kristina Nugent, MHS, 147.65.
100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Sougstad, MC, 58.24 (new pool record); 2. Emily Barske, MHS, 1:31.21; 3. Melisa Fonseca, MHS, 1:14.72.
100 FREESTYLE - 1. Chloe Kuehner, MHS, 58.63; 5. Schneider, MHS, 1:03.82.
500 FREESTYLE - 1. McClaren Rodriguez, MC, 5:39.81; 2. Barkema, MHS, 6:08.39; 5. Carnahan, MHS, 6:36.09.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. MC (Cornick, Florman, Kraft, Sougstad) 1:43.30; 2. MHS (Vopava, Hannam, Schneider, M.Fonseca) 1:52.22.
100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Florman, MC, 1:05.64; 2. Kuehner, MHS, 1:06.07; 5. Janet Fonseca, MHS, 1:19.31.
100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Kuhlman, MHS, 1:13.71; 3. Hannam, MHS, 1:15.32; 5. Barske, MHS, 1:22.53.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. MC (Kraft, Florman, Rodriguez, Sougstad) 3:51.00; 2. MHS (Kuehner, Barkema, Kuhlman, Schneider) 4:04.13.
"Coach (Steve) Hugo's got such an awesome, talented crew there, they'll definitely be poised to be in the top four at state if I had to guess," said Nelson. "He certainly has fantastic group of kids and he took it a little easy on us tonight so the score would be a little more respectable and I certainly appreciate that."
Marshalltown took an early lead in the team standings on this night, but not even the diving sweep could hold it. The Mohawks took five of the final seven events, including both freestyle relays.
"Tonight we had several races where all three of our girls in the pool competed well, they raced the girl next to them and the times come down when you do that," said Nelson. "You have somebody to push you along, and we had that the other night (at Cedar Rapids) and we just didn't capitalize on it.
"I thought that was going to be about a 7-10 point meet and it turned out to be 40, and that was pretty disappointing because it could have been a fairly close meet."
Kuhlman won the 200 individual medley in 2:25.89 - her personal best - and also took the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.71. That's faster than she swam in last year's regional meet (1:13.90).
"Therese was kind of on fire tonight," Nelson said.
Kuehner's win came in the 100 freestyle in 58.63 with two Mason City swimmers within six-tenths of a second behind her. The 200 medley relay combined on its season-best clocking of 1:59.25 - under 2 minutes for the first time this fall.
In the diving competition, both McHenry and runner-up Phoebe Lynk posted higher point totals than in any previous meets this season - McHenry at 185.4 and Lynk at 181.95. Kristina Nugent took third at 147.65.
"Tonight was a nice way to redeem us because last week was not a very good meet for us," Nelson added. "We had some OK swims but we didn't have anything that was spectacular. Tonight was a really nice way to race some good races and it was a chance for us to swim some things we normally wouldn't swim because we knew the score was going to be a little bit off, so it wasn't a win-at-all-costs kind of thing because that wasn't realistic for us."
Nelson also expects second-ranked Johnston to be near the top of the pack all day Saturday at the Marshalltown Girls' Swimming and Diving Invitational. The 21st-ranked Bobcats also host Boone, Carroll, Lewis Central, Fairfield and Ottumwa for the invite, which has diving at 9:30 a.m. and swimming at 12:30 p.m.