Bobcats bounce back at conference
Tollefson 2nd, Stanley 5th in CIML Iowa
Three days ago, Marshalltown High School’s divers put in a difficult showing at the Bobcat Diving Invite. Abby Tollefson finished sixth with a score of 398.45 points and Kaisa Stanley finished in 12th.
But Tuesday night, Tollefson, Stanley and the rest of the Bobcat divers bounced back at the CIML Iowa Conference diving meet at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA. Tollefson finished in second place with a score of 462 points. She finished 33.15 points behind Ankeny’s Erica Peters (495.15).
Tollefson said she did well, but knows what she has to do better in the next meet. There was one dive in particular she said would be a focus ahead of regionals.
“I definitely need to fix my reverse double-tuck or change it to something else and hopefully put a front two-and-a-half in to have a higher [dive difficulty],” Tollefson said. “It’s hard to keep it close to the board when you’re also flipping the other way, so you have to try your best to go straight up with the thought of trying to land as close to the board as possible, so it makes it a little harder. If you’re also flipping two flips, you have to keep both flips that close and you can’t start going out on your second one and spin it into the water.”
She was one of three Marshalltown divers to finish in the top 10, as Stanley took sixth place with a personal best score of 372.10 points. Coach Angie Nelson was impressed with how Stanley performed and executed her dives.
Finishing ninth for the Bobcats was Kiersten Randall with another personal best of 313.05.
The personal bests were a nice touch for Nelson, who was happy to see the team respond to a rough Saturday performance.
“We’ve seen very markable improvement from all of them,” Nelson said. “Much better than Saturday, much better. This was a much better paced meet, it’s shorter and moves a little quicker. Not as much time to be down between each dive. It’s just fun, it’s neat to be able to host here and have good performances here on our home board.”
This is the first of two events in Marshalltown for the swimmers this week, as the team hosts the CIML Iowa swim meet Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Then, it’s on to Johnston for regionals, where Tollefson and the rest of the Marshalltown divers will attempt to qualify for the state meet.
With three top-ten finishers against strong divers from Ankeny and Mason City, Nelson is happy that the Bobcats’ top performers have shown they can compete with some of the best in the state.
“I love it when they know they can hang,” Nelson said. “Each one of them has a dive, or four/five dives that they can do with anybody in the state. They’re just good dives, they’re solid performers. I love seeing them not get intimidated by the pressure, but really focused on what they do well.”
CIML Iowa Conference Diving
1. Erica Peters, ANK 495.15
2. Abby Tollefson, MHS 462.00
3. Hannah Kolars, ANK 431.25
4. Rosa Monarch, MC 413.95
5. Kaisa Stanley, MHS 372.10
6. Sydney Bray, AMES 360.15
7. Lydia Boehlert, ANK 354.80
8. Leah Stagg, AMES 352.40
9. Kiersten Randall, MHS 313.05
10. Alexis Winke, AMES 290.40
11. Presley Drew, ANK 173.50
12. Kate Hauser, MHS 171.10
13. Karsyn Price, MHS 128.25
14. Iris Meier, ANK 102.25