Bobcats start season by sinking Scarlets

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown junior Taylor Hrabak comes up for a breath while on her way to taking first place in the 200-yard freestyle in Thursday’s dual with Des Moines East. Hrabak also won the 500 freestyle and was a part of the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams that finished first against the Scarlets.

The final Marshalltown fall sport got underway on Thursday, as the Bobcats girls swimming and diving team hosted Des Moines East for their first action of 2017.

MHS started off strong with a 116-67 win over the Scarlets in the dual, as a host of Bobcats took top honors in various events.

Marshalltown head coach Angie Nelson said she saw good things from both her experienced swimmers in the match and from her girls who are new to the water.

“This was a really good first night for us. We are watching some of the times from our returners and there are some really promising things here,” Nelson said after the win. “Then we are watching some good racing skills develop in some of our newer swimmers, so I think the effort the girls gave out tonight was phenomenal. The sportsmanship that they showed was just awesome and we are just so very fortunate to have a group of parents here that care about the sport and come and help.”

Though they didn’t have any competition from Des Moines East, Alli and Sami Trowbridge started their year on the diving board in near mid-season form. Alli won the event with a 248.8 in her six dives, good enough for the fourth best mark in the state so far, and Sami put up a 219.1, the 10th-best mark in the state.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown freshman Emily Manis competes in the 100-yard backstroke during Thursday’s dual meet against Des Moines East, where she would go on to take third. The Bobcats beat the Scarlets 116-67 in the meet.

“I am really impressed with those scores, that was pretty good for the Trowbridge girls,” Nelson said of her returning state qualifiers. “Both of those girls were able to put up some big dives and have some great scores. Alli looked really clean on a couple of them, her inward 1 1/2 was the cleanest we’ve seen it and her forward double was rock solid. Sami’s twisters were pretty good and she had some nice height off the board.”

In the pool, the Bobcats won eight of the 11 swimming events on the night, including each of the relays. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Cece Waltermire, Shakira Herrera, Emily Manis and Cori Jorgenson won with a time of 1:54, while in the 400-yard freestyle relay the team of Zoe Beals, Klaudia Hernandez, Taylor Hrabak and Jorgenson won with a time of 4:14, over 30 seconds faster than the second-place team.

Nelson said all of her relays were great on the night, but she was especially proud of how her 200-yard medley relay squad of Beals, Hernandez, Herrera and Hrabak swam to kick things off.

“The medley relay, that time of a 2:03 is a great starting spot for us,” she said. “That was a super combination that was put together and they swam really well.”

Individually for MHS, Beals had two wins in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle — swimming a 26.30 and a 58.81 respectively in each — while Hrabak won the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle with a 2:15 and 6:06 respectively. Waltermire was the other solo winner on the night, taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:21.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Bobcats junior Shakira Herrera comes up for air in the 100-yard breastsroke on her way to taking second in the race in Marshalltown’s dual win over Des Moines East on Thursday.

Nelson said even in races where the girls didn’t take first, like Herrera’s second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:05, she was proud to see how they performed.

“The butterfly race was great, we got nipped at the end just a bit by that, but that’s a great starting time for Shakira there,” she said. “CeCe Waltermire in the breaststroke race, a 1:21 for her as a sophomore, that’s a great place for her to start. We had a good 100-yard freestyle, Zoe Beals really knocked that out with a 58.81, that’s a great place to be starting out for her. We had a couple of really good races with the other team tonight and a couple of things we can really be proud of and we can build from.”

Though she didn’t come out as the winner of any event, Nelson said the girl she who’s performance she was most proud of on the night was Moira McCarville because of the toughness she showed to finish out races in back-to-back events.

“Probably the most heart shown tonight was from Moira McCarville, she had a really tough back half of the meet,” Nelson said. “I had her in the medley relay then I had her in the 500 and then she turned around and swam in the 200-free relay and she swam a great race! To be able to race that one out, that was really cool.”

Now that the Bobcats finally have a meet under their belts, the season moves a little quicker, as Marshalltown competes in two events next week. Nelson said both of their upcoming opponents, Des Moines North and Indianola, will pose some interesting challenges and she is intrigued to see how her girls handle the different situations.


“We go to North on Tuesday and then we host Indianola next,” Nelson said. “When we go to North we won’t have diving, so that’s a little tougher for us because it is a little more head-to-head. Indianola I don’t think has divers, at least they haven’t in the past, so we might get a little bit of a point bump but they have some strong events coming back from last year. They are going to be a tougher swim for us, we are going to get in some good yards after school Friday and start thinking about it.”

Marshalltown 116,

Des Moines East 67

At Marshalltown


(Champion plus MHS placewinners)

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1. MHS (Beals, Hernandez, Herrera, Hrabak), 2:03.26; 3. MHS (Manis, Waltermire, Wahl, Bartles), 2:20.23.

200 FREESTYLE — 1. Hrabak, MHS, 2:15.14; 3. Manis, MHS, 2:31.41; 5. Benscoter, MHS, 3:08.68.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1. Walling, DME, 2:27.23; 2. Herrera, MHS, 2:35.05; 3. Hernandez, MHS, 2:47.97; 4. Bartles, MHS, 2:57.97.

50 FREESTYLE — 1. Beals, MHS, 26.30; 2. Waltermire, MHS, 29.47; 5. Hala, MHS, 37.70.

DIVING — 1. Alli Trowbridge, MHS, 248.80, 2. Sami Trowbridge, MHS, 219.10; 3. Gassman, MHS, 137.55.

100 BUTTERFLY — 1. Walling, DME, 1:05.11; 2. Herrera, MHS, 1:05.14; 3. Wahl, MHS, 1:21.00.

100 FREESTYLE — 1. Beals, MHS, 58.81; 2. Jorgenson, MHS, 1:02.03; 4. Ryan, MHS, 1:11.58.

500 FREESTYLE — 1. Hrabak, MHS, 6:06.36; 3. Hernandez, MHS, 6:48.36; McCarville, MHS, 7:43.24.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. MHS (Waltermire, Herrera, Manis, Jorgenson), 1:54.68.

100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Palmer, DME, 1:13.25; 2. Wahl, MHS, 1:17.97; 3. Manis, MHS, 1:18.98; 4. Jorgenson, MHS, 1:20.74.

100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Waltermire, MHS, 1:21.23; 4. Bartles, MHS, 1:29.03; 5. Benscoter, MHS, 1:35.13.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. MHS (Beals, Hernandez, Hrabak, Jorgenson), 4:14.27.