SWIMMING: Hall helps power Toreadors to triangular sweep

Boone wins nine of 12 events in season-opening meet


Sports Editor 




BOONE –  Greene County’s Haley Hall  captured three first place titles helping spring the Boone High School girls’ swim team to a sweep of Grinnell and Des Moines Lincoln Thursday, Aug. 25 in Boone. 

The Toreadors were victorious 55-47 over the Lincoln Railsplitters and stomped Grinnell, 83-18.

Hall won the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.49), the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.31) and was a member of the 200-yard medley-winning relay team along with Madelynn Santi, Erin Kokemiller and Anne Marie DeVries (1:56.04). 

Two other Greene County swimmers provided pivotal performances in the pair of victories Thursday as well. Megan Doran and Ashley Hunter were members of the 200-yard freestyle relay-winning team (1:48.82) and also joined Hall on the second-place 400-yard freestyle relay squad.  

The Toreadors won nine of 12 events Thursday, giving the girls two convincing victories to opent the season. 

“I couldn’t have asked for more from our girls,” head coach Chris Mann said. “The game plan was to win as many events as possible. You never know what hand you’ve been dealt until after that first meet of the season, and I’ll be sticking with mine. Awesome swims from seniors on down to freshmen.

We didn’t have a single race where we showed weakness. Our medley was a 1:56 flat with some very safe starts. We may not have won the 400-free relay, but that was the closest race we have had in this pool in a long time. With a huge crowd, it was absolutely deafening in the pool area when Madelynn (Santi) and Lincoln’s Sara (Bennett) dove in at the same time (on the final leg).”

The Toreador swimmers are in the pool again Tuesday for a triangular with Perry and Algona at the McCreary Rec Center in Perry. Start time is 6:30 p.m. 


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