The Storm Lake Girls’ Swim Team ruled the pool here on Thursday night in their only home meet of the season. The team won a pair of duals, including a big win over Spencer 50-44 and an 83-11 win over Algona. Spencer also beat Algona 83-11.
The meet got off to a great start and the team was able to finish strong to get the win after losing a race they had anticipated winning. The Storm Lake team won the first six events, came in second in the next four but finished the night with an exciting relay win. It was also the team’s chance to recognize their seniors and two of them also led the National Anthem to start the meet. Linda Torres was on vocals and was accompanied by Marie Hardt on the clarinet.
In the opening swim the 200 yd Medley Relay team that swam at the State meet last year of Soph. Kylie Mongan, Soph. Grace Meier, Jr. Emily Beukelman and Sr. Joy Bral won in 2:00.45-a full two seconds ahead of their closest competition in the race. The other Medley Relay team of all Freshmen, including Taylor Richardson, Sami Lalone, Megan Brown and Allison Graff had a 3rd place finished which earned the team points that got them off to a 4 point lead in the meet.
In the next race Sr. Keely Soellner won the 200 yd Freestyle event in 1:59.32. In the 200 yd Individual Medley (I.M.) Sr. Destini Oehlertz won in 2:21.33. Next was another Sr., Joy Bral, winning the 50 yd Freestyle race in :26.04. In the 100 yd Butterfly event Emily Beukelman took first in 1:06.11; while teammate and Sr., Marie Hardt was 3rd in 1:12.38. In the 6th event of the night Soellner and Oehlertz took first and second to give the team an added 6 point advantage-which also happened to be the final margin of the meet! Soellner won the 100 yd Freestyle race in :55.04 and Oehlertz was close behind at :55.4.
In the 500 yd Freestyle Grace Meier earned 2nd place with her time of 5:57.04. Then the 200 yd Freestyle Relay team of Bral, Mongan, Oehlertz and Soellner came out 2nd by less than a second with their 1:43.21 finish. Kylie Mongan and Alli Graff took 2nd and 3rd in the 100 yd Backstroke event to keep the scoring even for that event. Mongan’s time was 1:04.48 and Graff’s was 1:09.49. In the 100 yd Breaststroke event Meier picked up another 2nd place finish with her 1:16.38 time.
In the final event of the night the race was close until the 250 yd mark when Destini Oehlertz started to pull away and Soellner built a lead with every flip turn to finish the meet with a solid win for the Tornado swimmers in the 400 yd Freestyle Relay with Mongan and Bral rounding out that team. Their final time was 3:44.91; which was not quite 2 seconds ahead of the 2nd place relay.
In the JV events the Tornadoes also saw some great swims and won 7 of the 11 JV events. In the JV 200 yd Medley Relay race the team of Fr. Brooklyn Wissbaum, Sr. Maili Todd, Fr. Chloe Lalone and Fr. Vivian Keenan won in 2:20.1. In the JV 200 I.M. Alli Graff took first in 2:36.2. Megan Brown won both the JV 50 yd Freestyle with her :28.73 finish as well as the JV 100 yd Butterfly event with a 1:15.89 time in back to back events-interrupted by a break where the Seniors were introduced.
In the JV 100 yd Freestyle Sami Lalone looked very good in her 1:04.6 finish, which was almost 2 seconds faster than anyone else in that race. Twin sister Chloe Lalone finished first in the JV 100 yd Breaststroke with a time of 1:21.62. In the final JV race of the meet it was Sr. Linda Torres, Fr. Raegen Brunsting, Sr. Stephanie Rodriguez and Jr. Alyssa Trapp who won in 4:46.31 in a close race.
The Seniors honored during the first break included: Capt. Joy Bral-SL, Marie Hardt-SL St. Mary’s, Skyla Harger-Cherokee, Mgr. Kristian Kelly-SL, Daniela Lopez-SL, Destini Oehlertz-Laurens-Marathon, Stephanie Rodriguez-SL, Keely Soellner-Ridgeview, Maili Todd-Laurens-Marathon and Linda Torres-SL.
It is always fun to swim for the home crowd as it gives the girls an added level of incentive to swim well and they definitely came through last night. There was a great crowd on hand for the meet and we appreciate all the support and we hope to repeat the win as we will see Spencer a couple more times yet this season. Next week will be a tiring one for the team as they travel to Boone on Tuesday and then to Sioux City on Thursday.