Swimmers keep cruising as conference meet approaches

Staff Report




The Jefferson swim team suffered their first loss of the season June 28 in Carroll, but bounced back in a big way, with a 462-137 thumping of Lake City on Thursday, June 30. 

The swimmers are now 7-1 on the season and had won six straight contests prior to their loss to Carroll (332-303). 

Thursday’s win saw Jefferson control the pool in all aspects. 

“This was another dominant performance with several swimmers winning all five of their events,” head coach Jeff Schroeder said.  

Though the Jefferson swim team couldn’t pull out the victory last Tuesday in Carroll, they still put together a strong performance on both the girls’ and boys’ side. 

“There were many outstanding performances on a night that saw a lot of fast times for both clubs,” Schroeder said. “The 200 medley relay team of Megan Doran, Julia Saul, Sophie Havens, and Ellie Madson broke a 23 year old record.  And the 200 freestyle relay team of Megan Doran, Julia Saul, Sophie Havens, and Ellie Madson broke a 18 year old pool record.”

Not to be outdone, Gabe Schroeder broke a 19-year old pool record in the butterfly with a time of 17:15. He was also victorious in the breast stroke, the 25-yard freestyle and the backstroke. 

Nick Schroeder, who hasn’t lost a conference event in five years, continued his blistering pace with wins in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, the breast stroke, the backstroke and the individual medley. 

The record-breaking performances have been customary to the swim team’s success all summer long, winning meets with relative ease. 

In a 378-236 win Thursday, June 23 in Guthrie Center, Gabe Schroeder broke the 50 freestyle pool record by more than a second. Up to that point, six meets into the season, he had yet to lose in the 25 free, 50 free, 25 back, 25 breast and 25 fly. 

The 9-10 boys relay team of Cody Allen, Gavin Scheuermann, Nathan Ausberger, Jack Hansen and Preston Kennedy continued their undefeated streak as well, winning the 100-yard freestyle relay and the 100-yard medley relay. 

The swimmers were in action again Tuesday night as they visited Manning. Results were not available at press time. 

They hit the pool again Saturday, July 9 as they travel to Guthrie Center for the Iowa West Swim Conference Championship. 

“It should be a great meet with Jefferson, Carroll, and Perry competing for the conference trophy,” Schroeder said. 


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