Mason City’s consistency sinks Bobcat girls
Tuesday’s girls’ swimming meet between Marshalltown and No. 12 Mason City felt like the calm before the storm that is Saturday’s annual Bobcat Invite. This was the last chance for the Bobcats to get into a rhythm and gather more confidence in their strokes before 12 other teams come to Marshalltown to compete.
The win went to Mason City, 107-78, but some of Marshalltown’s most important competitors got well-timed wins and strong showings across the board.
Head coach Angie Nelson summed up the highs and lows of the meet for the Bobcats, saying there could have been a closer final result but that the times have continued to improve.
“It gave us some really good races,” Nelson said. “We’re making progress, and when we’re pushed, we’re doing the right things. The girls are doing the right things, we’ve had some really good races here and we dropped a ton of time.”
Lesli Waltermire had a two-win evening as an individual, taking home first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.21 seconds, defeating Aspen Cole of Mason City by five-hundredths of a second. She was also first to the line in the 100 freestyle, swimming a 57.61 to win by nearly three seconds. She was also the anchor leg of the 200 free relay, bringing home the win for the Bobcats with a 25.77 split in the final 50 yards to finish off a 1:48.25 race. The winning relay team consisted of Averie Wittkop, Taylor Jones, Maeve Janssen and Waltermire.
The next event was the 100 backstroke, won by Wittkop with a time of 1:08.32, winning by a little over one second ahead of Kate Edgerton of Mason City.
Nelson said those wins will be proof to Waltermire and Wittkop that their hard work is paying dividends, and is hoping it transitions over to the Bobcat this weekend.
“It’s really important, and we only have a couple opportunities to swim in a time-seeded meet,” Nelson said. “Well, our championship meets are all time-seeded meets, so these time-seeded meets are super important.
Look for these girls to have some great time drops [Saturday].”
In the last event of the night, the Bobcats came within five tenths of a second of a win in the 400 free relay. Waltermire, Janssen, Wittkop and Taylor Jones were so close to taking the win, and although Nelson said Taylor Jones having to do the breaststroke right before the relay might have tired her out she was also thrilled with the time they ran — knocking four seconds off of their prior season-best.
The first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay, ended with Riley Robinson, Leticia Herrera, Hannah Case and Kate Jones swimming a 2:17.65 and finishing second behind Mason City’s A relay team.
Taylor Jones took second place in the 200 freestyle soon after, swimming a 2:17.24 and finishing four seconds behind Marie Manternach of Mason City. Wittkop showed well in the 200 medley, finishing second with a 2:41.41. In diving, Abby Tollefson finished second with 239 points while Kaisa Stanley had 186.4 in third and Kiersten Randall at 185.25 in fourth.
Case was the runner-up in the 100 fly, finishing nine seconds behind the winner with a time of 1:14.65 but, going with Nelson’s theme, it was another promising performance.
Other notable runs include Amiaha Weatherly cutting seven seconds off of her 100 freestyle best (1:13.7) and Riley Robinson cutting 20 seconds off of her 2020 time in the 500 freestyle, swimming a 6:35.32 and finishing third.
The Bobcats will host the Bobcat Saturday at the Marshalltown YMCA. Diving starts at 9:30 a.m., with swimming events following at 12:30 p.m.
Mason City 107, Marshalltown 78
(Champion plus MHS placewinners)
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1. MC (Hehr, Cole, Halverson, Edgerton) 1:58.70; 2. MHS (Robinson, Herrera, Case, K. Jones) 2:17.65.
200 FREESTYLE — 1. Marie Manternach, MC, 2:13.26; 2. Taylor Jones, MHS, 2:17.24; 3. Hannah Case, MHS, 2:28.65; 5. Leticia Herrera, MHS, 2:38.23.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1. Grace Hehr, MC, 2:23.41; 2. Averie Wittkop, MHS, 2:41.41; 3. Riley Robinson, MHS, 2:47.20.
50 FREESTYLE — 1. Lesli Waltermire, MHS, 26.21; 4. Kate Jones, MHS, 29.26; 5. Amiaha Weatherly, MHS, 31.52.
DIVING — 1. Rosa Monarch, MC, 271.35; 2. Abby Tollefson, MHS, 239.00; 3. Kaisa Stanley, MHS, 186.40; 4. Kiersten Randall, MHS, 185.25.
100 BUTTERFLY — 1. Taylor Halverson, MC, 1:05.17; 2. Case, MHS, 1:14.65; 5. Meredith Kodis, MHS, 1:37.81.
100 FREESTYLE — 1. Waltermire, MHS, 57.61; 4. Maeve Janssen, MHS, 1:10.89.
500 FREESTYLE — 1. Aspen Cole, MC, 5:32.06; 3. Robinson, MHS, 6:35.32; 5. Hererra, MHS, 7:15.84.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. MHS (Wittkop, T. Jones, Janssen, Waltermire) 1:48.25.
100 BACKSTROKE — 1. Wittkop, MHS, 1:08.32; 5. K. Jones, MHS, 1:20.26.
100 BREASTSTROKE — 1. Halverson, MC, 1:13.64; 4. T. Jones, MHS, 1:21.87; 5. Janssen, MHS, 1:35.75.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1. MC (Cole, Braun, Edgerton, Manternach) 4:04.20; 2. MHS (Waltermire, Janssen, Wittkop, T. Jones) 4:04.73; 3. MHS (Robinson, K. Jones, Case, Wedemeyer) 4:44.75.