MHS swimmers beat Oskaloosa, fall to Fort Dodge
Marshalltown senior Alli Trowbridge finished 11th in the state diving championship last season, and just two meets into her final year she’s almost back where she was to end the 2017 campaign.
Trowbridge won the diving event in the Bobcats’ home triangular against Fort Dodge and Oskaloosa on Tuesday by posting a score of 260.80.
That is the fourth-best mark by anyone in the state so far this season and just three points away from Trowbridge’s season-best from last year.
Following just behind was Hannah Taylor, however, as she continued to show her improvement with a 239.5, and Sami Trowbridge put up a 232.45 on the junior varsity side in her first action of the season.
“Alli’s score was 20 points higher than it was the other night. Hannah Taylor was at 239, which is just awesome and amazing,” MHS head coach Angie Nelson said. “Then to have Sami start off her first meet of the season at a 232, excellent, excellent, excellent.”
The diving program for the Bobcats has improved up and down the roster this season, with girls like Aaliyah Afuya and Mia Rasmusson even showing well for Nelson.
“Last year her highest wasn’t even close to 140. Last meet she put up a 140, then tonight she goes a 163. She has really improved in there,” Nelson said of Afuya. “I am just really excited to see them all have some success together and be able to push each other together. Someone gets a back 1 1/2 and now we can all have a back 1 1/2, that’s awesome! Just having that nature where it’s ok to do that.”
Alli Trowbridge obviously heads that pack of talented divers, and she has made it clear that she is gunning for the Marshalltown school diving records set by Heather Gross in the last 1980’s.
“It’s time and she’s the girl to do it,” Nelson said of Alli’s prospects. “She knows it, she’s got the right list. Her 11-dive list this year is going to be spectacular. Here’s what’s great about Alli as a competitor, she always has her focus on competition, she has the right list, she knows that if she just puts in a solid meet she can have some ups and downs and it’s OK.”
There was some good showings in the pool as well for the Bobcats, as they beat Oskaloosa in the triangular, 73-27, and fell to Fort Dodge, 63-39.
Shakira Herrera won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 2.98 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than her previous best this year.
“Shakira just skipped the 1:03 all together to just go right to the 1:02 and I am so proud and happy for her,” Nelson said. “I tell you what, there is something hanging on the wall here that she really wants to put her name on, and I know she can do it. I just really want to see it happen and I want it to happen before the season is over.”
Klaudia Hernandez had the only other event win for Marshalltown, taking first in the breaststroke with a time of 1:20.17 and nearly matching her season best from a year ago.
“Klaudia Hernandez with a 1:20 in the breaststroke tonight, that’s awesome,” Nelson said. “She had a great 200 individual medley time, which was a second faster than her fastest last year, so that’s excellent.”
Taylor Hrabak had a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyles, while Herrera finished second in the 500 freestyle and 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay all finished in second.
Nelson said what she was most encouraged by in this second home meet of the season was the growth a lot of her younger swimmers have already shown.
“We are seeing some girls swim some new things, just kind of exploring some different depth to see what we can do,” she said. “We have some girls that have been making real strides, I’m watching Gia Hernandez knock five seconds off of her 100 freestyle. I’m watching Alyssa Jordan cut three seconds in the backstroke. I’m watching great things happen, watching some of these girls put up some great relay splits so I’m really excited about that improvement and I know that will keep coming along.”
Getting the first win of the year off of Oskaloosa was beneficial too, Nelson said, and it should help the girls with some confidence heading into a dual with Cedar Rapids Washington on Thursday.
“You’ve got to take them when you can get them, we are going to be a little dry in the win column this year,” Nelson said. “We will have a really tough one with Washington coming up, we will have to work hard to keep some points up on the board for that. I think we will win a couple of events, and I’m excited to see what some of the girls do with the harder competition.”
Fort Dodge 82, Oskaloosa 18
Fort Dodge 63, Marshalltown 39
Marshalltown 73, Oskaloosa 27
(Champion plus MHS placewinners)
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1. FD (Xiao, Fierke, Steinkamp, Peimann) 1:59.79; 2. MHS (Hrabak, Hernandez, Herrera, Waltermire) 2:06.83.
200 FREESTYLE — 1. Grace Hartley, FD, 2:02.45; 2. Taylor Hrabak, MHS, 2:08.35; 4. Cori Jorgenson, MHS, 2:21.44.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1. Luanne Xiao, FD, 2:21.49; 2. Klaudia Hernandez, MHS, 2:37.79; 5. Emily Manis, MHS, 2:53.41.
500 FREESTYLE — 1. Madigan Peimann, FD, 26.29; 4. Cece Waltermire, MHS, 29.02; 5. Kelsey Bartles, MHS, 31.50.
DIVING — 1. Alli Trowbridge, MHS, 260.80; 2. Hannah Taylor, MHS, 239.50.
100 BUTTERFLY — 1. Shakira Herrera, MHS, 1:02.98; 4. Taylor Jones, MHS, 1:45.31.
100 FREESTYLE — 1. Peimann, FD, 57.21; 2. Hrabak, MHS, 59.36; 3. Jorgenson, MHS, 1:02.08.
500 FREESTYLE — 1. Xiao, FD, 5:40.09; 2. Herrera, MHS, 6:09.13; 5. Bartles, MHS, 7:05.22.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. FD (Peimann, Border, Steinkamp, Hartley) 1:49.65; 2. MHS (Jorgenson, Manis, Waltermire, Bartles) 2:00.15.
100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Hartley, FD, 1:06.44; 3. Manis, MHS, 1:18.12; 5. Alyssa Jordan, MHS, 1:26.87.
100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Hernandez, MHS, 1:20.17; 5. Waltermire, MHS, 1:25.65.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. FD (Hartley, Fierke, Border, Xiao) 3:59.56; 2. MHS (Herrera, Hernandez, Hrabak, Jorgenson) 4:09.57.