JOHNSTON - Three individual finishes in the top 10 vaulted the Marshalltown boys' swim team into seventh place at the Central Iowa Conference swim meet on Saturday at Summit Middle School.
The Bobcats scored 126 points as a team, besting Fort Dodge, Southeast Polk and Mason City. Dowling Catholic won the title with 381 points, while host Johnston was second with 366. West Des Moines Valley (322), Ankeny (210.5) and Waukee (192) rounded out the top five while Ames was sixth with 153.5.
"We beat the teams we were supposed to beat," MHS coach Mike Loupee said. "We made a good run at the end with some solid finishes and finishing only 26 points off Ames was good. We got them in some relays."
The best finish of the day was Raymond Dulaney's fifth-place tally in the 100 breaststroke. He hit the wall in 1 minute, 5.99 seconds. Also scoring top-10 finishes were Sam Carter in the 100 butterfly and John Mahlstede in the 100 backstroke.
Carter was eighth in the butterfly with a time of 57.66 and Mahlstede ended up sixth in the backstroke with a time of 59.01.
We have 11 season bests and 13 lifetime bests, which was encouraging," Loupee said. "The guys raced well but we looked tired. We didn't back off at all leading up to the meet."
The three relays were all in the top seven.
The 200 medley relay was sixth overall as the foursome of Mahlstede, Dulaney, Blair Van Staalduine and Paul Landherr hit the wall in 1:45.45.
Both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays were seventh. The 200 freestyle included Landherr, Van Staalduine, Dulaney and Carter and they hit the wall in 1:34.23, while the 400 relay foursome was clocked at 3:31.26 and included Landherr, Van Staalduine, Mahlstede and Carter.
The Bobcats will return to the pool for the district meet Feb. 2 at Waterloo West. The state meet is Feb. 9 at the Marshalltown YMCA.
"We will take all of our hard work to the bank and see the results at districts," Loupee said.