Dragons douse Bobcats in makeup meet
Due to a cancellation from Tuesday, the Marshalltown girls swimming and diving team had a rescheduled meet on Thursday at home against Johnston, with the Dragons walking out of Marshalltown with another dual win under their belts.
Johnston won nine of the 12 events on the day, taking down the Bobcats 124-62. Marshalltown did come away as a winner in three events though, taking first in diving, the 100-yard freestyle and 50 freestyle.
MHS head coach Angie Nelson said they knew it was an uphill battle in this CIML Iowa Conference dual, so she used the meet as a way to test out some new wrinkles in the lineup.
“We were able to move around a few things tonight just because we knew the meet was going to be fairly lopsided, so it’s nice to see those wins there,” Nelson said. “We won the 50, 100 and diving and then Shakira (Herrera) came up just a hair short in the butterfly.”
Senior Zoe Beals was the winner in the 50 and 100 freestyle, while Alli Trowbridge took first in diving with a score of 256.85. Nelson said Trowbridge wasn’t at her best on Thursday night, but she still pieced together a nice score.
“Alli’s scores weren’t quite as sharp as they have been, but still a good collective six-dive score,” Nelson said. “I think what we are looking for with her is, she has one more six-dive meet and then she is just 11 from there on out. We need to find some dives that she can use to complement the rest of her list with.”
Outside of the top-finishes, though they didn’t come away with any other victories Nelson said her girls showed a lot of improvement against Johnston. Whether it be a junior varsity swimmer in Kayla Tafolla who Nelson said cut 23 seconds off her 200 freestyle to regular varsity swimmers like Taylor Hrabak and Cori Jorgenson shaving a few seconds off times, Nelson said she was proud of how they performed.
“We had some really good time drops, and they were dramatic time drops, not just a second here or a second there,” Nelson said. “We had a few of those too, but we had some big ones that we took tonight. I think we are starting to swim ourselves into some shape and we will have a good meet with Fort Dodge next week.”
As for the change in schedule with Johnston coming up Thursday instead of Tuesday, Nelson said she preferred the Thursday meet because it gives her more time to work with the girls in practice.
“I like these meets, it’s been nice having a Thursday meet and having a little bit of time in between our meets,” she said. “This one was cancelled on Tuesday but that wasn’t a bad thing because that shows helps show a little more progress.”
The end of the regular season of swimming is quickly approaching, with the conference meets scheduled to take place in less than two weeks. Nelson said she enjoys this time of year because of the growth her girls show, but it’s also a time to start making decisions on who will represent the Bobcats in the postseason.
“It’s time that (assistant coach Mike Loupee) and I sit down and make some choices on who we get to taper for conference, who we get to taper for regionals and where we think we have some postseason aspirations,” she said. “This is a great time of year because we are starting to see some girls cut some really good time, but on the other hand it’s hard because we have to make a few choices.”
Marshalltown hits the pool next when they host Fort Dodge on Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Johnston 124, Marshalltown 62
(Champion plus MHS place winners)
200 Medley Relay — 1. Johnston 1:59.47, 2. MHS (Hrabak, Waltermire, Herrera, Hernandez) 2:05.18.
200 Freestyle — 1. Kelsey Hostetler, JHN, 2:11.95; 4. Klaudia Hernandez, MHS, 2:25.72; 5. Gretchen Benscoter, MHS, 2:35.67.
200 Individual Medley — 1. Madison Batkiewicz, JHN, 2:22.61; 4. Cori Jorgenson, MHS, 2:49.16; 5. Olivia Ryan, MHS, 2:58.34.
50 Freestyle — 1. Zoe Beals, MHS, 25.53; 3. Shakira Herrera, MHS, 27.01.
Diving — 1. Alli Trowbridge, MHS, 256.85; 3. Sami Trowbridge, MHS, 225.25.
100 Butterfly — 1. Kendall Hostetler, JHN, 1:03.17; 2. Herrera, MHS, 1:04.82; 5. Kelsey Bartles, MHS, 1:32.04.
100 Freestyle — 1. Beals, MHS, 57.85; 3. Jorgenson, MHS, 1:00.83.
500 Freestyle — 1. Angela Cary, JHN, 5:26.36; 2. Taylor Hrabak, MHS, 5:51.18; 4. CeCe Waltermire, 6:45.91.
200 Freestyle Relay — 1. Johnston 1:47.99, 2. MHS (Beals, Hernandez, Jorgenson, Manis) 1:52.76.
100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Kendall Hostetler, JHN, 1:04.77; 4. Hrabak, MHS, 1:12.74; 5. Jacqueline Wahl, MHS, 1:13.70.
100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Abby Rastetter, JHN, 1:17.37; 4. Waltermire, MHS, 1:23.23; 5. Bartles, MHS, 1:29.35.
400 Freestyle Relay — 1. Johnston 3:50.58, 2. MHS (Beals, Hrabak, Jorgenson, Herrera) 4:03.22.