Bobcat swimmers take fifth at Boone Relays

BOONE — The third entry in a busy week for the Marshalltown boys’ swimming team ended with a fifth-place finish out of six teams at the Boone Relays on Saturday.

The Bobcats were the only one of six teams in attendance not to win an event and finished with 32 points, just one back of Southeast Polk (33). Fort Dodge won the meet with 55 points, followed by Boone (41), Carroll (40), Southeast Polk, Marshalltown and Atlantic (23).

“Normally after a busy week we swim flat at Boone and last year at this event we only had four lifetime-best times,” said MHS head coach Mike Loupee. “Today we had 18 lifetime bests and we had another 26 season-best times. That’s pretty decent capping off the week that we’ve had.”

MHS brought home a trio of second-place finishes to highlight the day, starting with the 2×50-yard freestyle relay of Brad Barkema and Ryne Downey. The Bobcat duo timed in at 47.47 seconds, highlighted by Downey’s split of 22.37.

“He’s starting to sniff around 21 [seconds] and that is rarified air,” said Loupee. “Ryne Downey had a great meet.”

The Bobcat tandem of Carson Beals and Gage Petty in the 2×100-yard backstroke put up a time of 2:00.02 for second place in their race, and Marshalltown’s 8×100 freestyle relay contingent took silver in a combined time of 7:19.81.

The Bobcat duo of Beals and Downey earned bronze in the 2×100 freestyle relay, clocking 1:43.73 while missing silver by 45-hundreths of a second.

Marshalltown’s 2×500 freestyle pair of Streets and Tyler Downey earned third as well, logging a combined time of 11:57.29.

“They’ve had a hard week and they still keep swimming faster,” Loupee said. “It’s a credit to them. And they asked when we were going to start morning practices, so they’re going to get what they wished for.

“It’s encouraging to the coaches that they know what they need to do to improve and they’re ready to do what it takes to improve those things. It’s a necessary evil if we want to continue to improve and reach the goals we want to achieve.”

The Bobcats have the week off to prepare for their own invitational meet, the Bobcat Classic, next Saturday starting at noon at the MHS pool.