Tornadoes Advance One to State and Break Two Records at Regional Swim Meet

The team travelled to the Trial Point Aquatics and Wellness facility on the DMACC campus where the Ankeny HS team now practices to compete in one of six Regional swim meets across the state.  The following information was submitted by coach Jodi Mongan.

The first swim of the meet resulted in a new school record and came within .26 of a second of making it to State. The 200yd Medley Relay team of Allison Graff, Grace Meier, Megan Brown and Kylie Mongan finished in a new school record time of 1:54.75 to place 6th at the meet and broke the old record of 1:55.31 held by Mongan, Meier, Emily Beukelman and Joy Bral set in 2015.

Grace Meier was the only swimmer to earn a chance to swim at the State meet and she broke her own record in the effort. Her 1:09.04 finish in the 100yd breaststroke was good for 3rd place at the meet and beat her previous time of 1:09.39 and made her the 24th qualifier for State in that event.

Kylie Mongan also had a good day at the last meet of her swimming career. She placed 8th in the 100yd backstroke in 1:04.36 and 9th in the 100yd freestyle in 57.13.

The two freestyle relays both placed 7th in the meet. The 200yd Freestyle Relay team was 1.15 second away from qualifying for the state meet with their 1:45.2 finish by the team of Meier, Graff, Mongan and Lindsay Williams. The 400yd team was Taylor Richardson, Williams, Graff and Meier and they finished in 4:05.09.

The next highest finisher during the meet was another senior Lindsay Williams. In her only HS swim season she had a great year and a great finish. She placed 12th in the 50yd freestyle in a time of 25.84 and 13th in the 100yd backstroke in 1:06.2.

A pair of juniors also had a pair of 13th place finishes. Allison Graff was 13th in the 500yd freestyle with her time of 6:04.96 and Sami Lalone was 13th in the 100yd breaststroke in 1:15.45.

The remaining two top finishes earned points for the team. Beth Runneberg and Kennedy Tate both had great swims in the 200yd freestyle to finish 15th and 16th respectively. Beth’s time was 2:14.73 and Kennedy’s was 2:16.37.

The team finished in 8th place just 4 points behind Waterloo who earned 52 of their points from diving. The “host” team of Ankeny placed first in the meet.

There were lots of other great swims during the meet and we tapered really well! Very proud of the work effort and commitment of these girls all season long and it paid off with great swims today in Ankeny.