Swimming to State

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On Nov. 1, the Mississippi Valley Conference held the annual women’s varsity swimming and diving regional meet a lot closer to home than usual. The meet previously took place in Marshalltown, but was this year held at Linn-Mar’s newly-built swimming arena, and the Cedar Rapids team,s without a doubt, showed that they had the “home field advantage.” The Kennedy Cougars conquered the competition and walked out with a first place finish, followed by the Linn-Mar Lions who took second place and the Washington Warriors who racked up enough points to finish in third place  by the end of the meet. The Washington  team as a whole performed  phenomenally, with time drops in almost every event swam.

Amara Taylor, ‘17, was the Warriors’ only diver who competed on Saturday. She finished in 28th place out of the 30 possible and will be advancing to dive at the state competition with a score of 345.05 points. The first event of the swimming portion of the meet  was the medley relay and the team of Warrior women, Kaitlyn Nemikas ‘16, Caitlin Sievers ‘18, Logan Eckhardt ‘16 and Lauren Havertape ‘18,  swam a time of 1:53:27, giving them the state qualifying time.

But there were a few individuals who blew the individual competition out of the water. Lauren Havertape ‘18 is an Xavier student, but because they don’t have their own swim team, the Warriors have taken her, along with three other freshmen in as their own. Havertape destroyed the competition in the 50 Freestyle and will be advancing on to the state meet with the  qualifying time of 24.82 seconds. Havertape will also be swimming the 100 Butterfly at the state meet. She qualified with a time of 1:01.62, taking the 24th and last place that advances on to the state meet.

Freshman Emily Nelson ‘19 swam an astonishing 5:17.51in the 500 Freestyle and podiumed in first place at the regional meet. She will be advancing on the the state meet in 12th place.The Washington juniors also swam incredible races. Kaitlyn Nemikas ‘16, swam an outstanding 1:01.96 in the 100 Backstroke which qualified her to swim this Saturday at the state meet. She is ranked 20th as of now. Logan Eckhardt ‘16, also qualified for state in her individual event of 100 Breaststroke with an impressive time of 1:09.07, currently  placing her in 15th place.

The season has been great for the Warrior Womens Swimming and Diving team, however the competition is not over yet. On this coming Saturday, Nov. 8, Taylor ‘17,Nemikas ‘16, Sievers ‘19, Havertape ‘19, Eckhardt ‘16 and Nelson ‘19, will all be competing in the state meet that will take place in Marshalltown. With the looks of how the Warriors have done so far this year, the results will no doubt be what they have worked all season for.