Bobcat girls swim past Ottumwa, Roosevelt

Lesli Waltermire

OTTUMWA — The Marshalltown girls swimming team won five of 11 events en route to a double dual sweep over Des Moines Roosevelt and host Ottumwa on Tuesday evening at The Beach Ottumwa.

The Bobcats were powered by a 1-2 sweep in the 100-yard freestyle as Lesli Waltermire and Leia Hernandez took the top two spots in times of 58.14 seconds and 1:01.37, respectively. Marshalltown finished 1-3 in three more races in the pool, and capped the meet with a 14-second triumph in the 400 freestyle relay.

Marshalltown beat both the Bulldogs and the Roughriders by scores of 57-37. Roosevelt won its head-to-head with Ottumwa, 57-36.

Waltermire claimed two individual victories on the night, starting with her win in the 200 freestyle. She edged out Ottumwa’s Ava Johnson with a time of 2:11.38, and Johnson touched up in 2:12.29. Marshalltown’s Maisie Gummert was third in 2:16.40.

Averie Wittkop won the 500 freestyle in 6:19.14, capturing the crown in the event by more than 29 seconds. Kate Jones was third in 6:49.33 — less than a second behind runner-up Ollie Boettcher of Roosevelt (6:48.58).

Rachel Case claimed the 50 freestyle for the Bobcats, reaching the wall first in a time of 28.41. Jones was third in 30.10.

The Bobcat quartet of Wittkop, Jones, Hernandez and Waltermire won the final event, the 400 free relay, in 4:10.92. Roosevelt was a distant second in 4:24.77.

Wittkop added a second-place result in the pool with her time of 2:32.74 in the 200 individual medley. Des Moines Roosevelt’s Kiley Smith claimed the event in 2:29.59.

The Bobcats also got second in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay, trailing Ottumwa’s same foursome in each race.

Case was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.60), while Alex Lasack took third in the 100 backstroke (1:20.62). Gummert got third in the 100 butterfly as well (1:11.47).

Next up for MHS is a trip to Indianola on Thursday.


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