Greene County student and Boone swimmer Haley Hall (middle right) stands with her 200 medley relay teammates Saturday in Newton after they broke the school record with a finishing time of 1:53.92.

Hall helps break school record

Staff report
The Boone varsity girls swimming and diving team participated in its conference meet Saturday in Newton and the Toreadors finished second as a team with 316 total points. Boone finished behind conference champion Newton, as the Cardinals finished the competition with 363 points. The final team standings are as follows: 1. Newton, 2. Boone, 3. Decorah, 4. Vinton-Union, 5. Williamsburg, 6. Grinnell, 7. Oskaloosa, 8. Charles City.

Greene County students Haley Hall and Ashley Hunter stayed busy in the water as both of them swam in four events each. Hall finished first in the 200 medley relay, along with teammates Madelynn Santi, Erin Kokemiller and Anne Marie DeVries, with a new school record time of 1:53.92, second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.37, fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.60 and first in the 400 freestyle relay, along with teammates DeVries, Santi and Kokemiller, with a time of 3:45.98. Hunter took eighth in the 200 medley relay, with teammates Grace Squibb, Lexi Johnson and Harper Larson, with a time of 2:08.94, eighth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:00.21, fifth in the 200 freestyle relay, with teammates Kate Peasley, Larson and Katelyn Lehlhaus, with a time of 1:51.85 and fourth in the 400 freestyle relay, with teammates Mehlhaus, Larson and Squibb, with a time of 4:10.32.

“Our girls swam up to every bit of their potential today. We had great races in every single event,” head swimming and diving coach Chris Mann said. “As a team, 62 out of our 68 performances were lifetime bests and that hardly ever happens.

“Our 200 medley relays started the meet off on the right foot with the “A” relay crushing the school record by over four seconds,” he added. “They swam a time that I hardly dreamed they could and that is what we needed to set the tone for the rest of the meet. There is so much practice time that goes into this sport and these girls have worked so hard. They had more fun on Saturday than they ever have at a swim meet and they enjoyed the benefits of everything they have worked for this season.”

Hall and Hunter will compete at their regional state-qualifying meet Saturday in Fort Dodge. Action is set to start at 11:45 a.m at the senior high school.

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