Girls Swim Shows at State

The Trojans finished in 17th place, alongside Carroll.


Grace Bruckner

The girls swim team poses for a picture at the Nishna Valley YMCA. Many of the girls on the team swim in the offseason as part of the YMCA squad.

Hana Holtz, Editor

The Atlantic swim team had their last contest of the season at the state meet on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The meet was held in Marshalltown. The Trojan team qualified six events the previous weekend.

Senior Anna Lowary qualified for state in the 200 and 500-yard freestyles. In the 200-yard prelims, Lowary finished with a time of 1:59.66, earning 23rd place. In the 500-yard prelims, she completed the event with a 5:18.45. She shaved two seconds off her time from the week prior, helping her earn 24th place. As she didn’t snag a spot in the top 16, Lowary saw her individual state races end on day one.

Also qualifying for two individual events was senior Clare Christensen. At the regional meet, Christensen punched her ticket to Marshalltown in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles. In the 50-yard prelims, she came in 11th place with a time of 24.50. Less than two seconds separated first place from 11th. The solid showing booked her a spot in the finals on Saturday. The following day, she swam a 24.79, coming in 12th. The podium appearance contributed five points to the team scoring. 

In the 100-yard prelims, Christensen once again finished in 11th. Her time was 53.63, nabbing a spot in the finals. On Saturday, Christensen put together a 12th-place finish, tacking on five more points to her team’s total. Her time in the 100-yard freestyle final was 54.26.

Atlantic qualified two relays for the state meet. All relay events were held on Saturday. Lowary, Christensen, sophomore Aleah Hermansen, and senior Kate Landhuis were the squad representing Atlantic in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Trojan girls placed 11th in the event with a time of 1:40.29. Besides adding on 12 points for Atlantic, the girls upstaged the group from Carroll who had beaten them a week earlier.

The relay team of Hermansen, Lowary, Christensen, and freshman Alexes Reynolds swam the 400-yard freestyle. The crew finished in 11th place, with a time of 3:40.35. Atlantic knocked off two seconds from their time at the regional meet. Once again, the Atlantic relay upset the Carroll relay, undoing the loss from regionals.

With the improved finish, the Trojans slapped on 12 more points, bringing their final total to 34. Atlantic finished in 17th place, as did Carroll. Lewis Central, who topped Atlantic both times this season, came in 28th place in the team scoring. The Titans notched four points.

The Atlantic girls swim team loses four seniors–Lowary, Christensen, Landhuis and Erin Barrick.