SWIMMING: MAKING A SPLASH

Toreador swimmers improve undefeated dual record with two wins in Carroll

By BRANDON HURLEY

Sports Editor

sports@beeherald.com

@BrandonJHurley

Carroll – The Boone High School girls swim team continued its blistering start to the fall season, picking up a pair of narrow victories Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Carroll Recreation Pool. 

The Toreadors defeated Carroll, 52-50 and Storm Lake by a score of 64-34, improving their overall season record to 20-5 and maintaining their undefeated pace (9-0) in dual meets. 

The victories were powered by five gold medal performances. 

Greene County’s Haley Hall helped kick off the successful night swimming the third leg of the 200-yard medley relay-winning team with a time of 2:00.12. She was also joined by Madelynn Santi, Erin Kokemiller and Kate Peasley. Hall wasn’t done winning just yet, as she captured the 100-yard freestyle title with a time of 58.91, besting Carroll’s Shyla Mohr, who swam to a time of 59.22. 

Greene County’s Megan Doran came in second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.57, just behind Mohr who finished with a time of 26.91. 

Doran and Ashley Hunter were members of the 200-yard freestyle relay silver-medal winning team, swimming to a time of 1:49.78, behind Carroll’s quartet that swam to a time of 1:48.76. Hunter and Doran also swam a pair of legs of the third place 200-yard medley relay squad, swimming to a time of 2:05.01. 

The Greene County trio has been instrumental in Boone’s success in the poll this fall, capturing several top finishes Tuesday. 

Hall holds team-best times in both the 500-yard freestyle (5:47.23) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.91), consistently grabbing first place finishes in several events all season long. She is also second on the team in the 100-yard freestyle (58.51) and the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.48). Megan Doran holds the second-fastest 100-yard butterfly time behind Hall at 1:07.42 while Ellie Madson has swam the second-fastest 100-yard breaststroke time (1:22.54). The 200-yard medley relay team that Hall is a member of has been setting records all season long as well. 

Ellie Madson got in on the winning action on the junior varsity side, swimming the second leg of the 200-yard medley relay-winning squad. The depth of the Toreadors is something head coach Chris Mann points to when considering the hot-streak as of late. 

“The key to our success has been an all around team effort,” Mann said. “First places help a lot, but we have won due to our “B” relays and second and third swimmers.” 

On Tuesday, the Toreadors say goodbye to one of their most decorated senior classes in school history, a class that includes DeVries, Santi, Kokemiller and Hall in a home meet against Newton.  

“Our seniors have been absolutely crucial to our success, not just over this year but all four years,” Mann said. “They are a great cohesive group and outstanding young ladies and athletes.”

GREENE COUNTY GIRLS HELP POWER BOONE TO WIN AT GRINNELL QUAD 

GRINNELL – A quartet of Greene County swimmers helped springboard the Boone High school girls team to a commanding triangular victory Sept. 27 in Grinnell. 

The Toreadors accumulated 464 points, defeating Grinnell (339), Williamsburg (194) and Vinton Union (190) in quadrangular action. 

Haley Hall captured a pair of individual golds, swimming to first place in the 200-yard individual medley with a winning time of 2:34.31 and captured the 500-yard freestyle title with a time of 5:47.23. 

Ellie Madson had a hand in two first-place finishes as well, as she was a member of the 200-yard medley-winning relay team and secured her first ever individual win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:02.92. She also came in second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:20.64, behind teammate Madelyn Santi, who swam to a winning time of 2:11.06. Julia Saul finished in second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.20. 

Hall and Ashley Hunter were members of the 200-yard medley relay team that came in second behind Madson’s squad, with a time of 2:13.96. Hunter also came in second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:18.09) and third in the 500-yard freestyle (6:33.89). 

Hall, Hunter and Saul teamed up together to finish second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:13.96, just a few paces behind their teammates.

Megan Doran swam the second leg of the fourth place 200-yard medley relay squad (2:16.47) and also came in fourth individually in the 500-yard freestyle (6:36.68) and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:40.72).  

“We had a lot of fun tonight shuffling our lineup around and getting some girls a chance to win some events and swim some things they don’t usually get an opportunity to,” Boone head coach Chris Mann said. 

TOREADORS FINISH THIRD AT LINCOLN INVITE, SET RELAY RECORD

DES MOINES – The Boone girls swim team came in third overall at the Lincoln Invite Sept. 24 in Des Moines, behind the power of the 200 yard medley relay team. 

Hall, Santi, Kokemiller and DeVries set a meet record with a first-place time of 1:55.39 and helped the Toreadors pull in 384 points. Cedar Rapids Washington took home the team title with 504.5 points, while Indianola came in second with 435.5 points. Carroll (328) and Lincoln (322) rounded out the top five. Des Moines East (189) and Council Bluffs (129) came in sixth and seventh. 

The relay quartet of Hall, Santi, Kokemiller and DeVries also set one other meet record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, swimming to a winning time of 1:45.82, a full two seconds ahead of the Cedar Rapids Washington team. 

The 2016 point total was a vast improvement from a year ago. 

“We hit a little bit of a hangover from our Roosevelt meet Thursday night (Sept. 22), however our girls still swam really tough. With Washington and Indianola there it gave us a lot of good races in some events,” head coach Chris Mann said. “Our three seniors (DeVries, Santi, Kokemiller) and Haley set two records. That is a great way to end their careers at this meet. The highlight of the meet was probably that we scored 70 points more than we did last year. We were much higher and faster than we were last year.”

The Toreadors next hit the pool for senior night against Newton at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in Boone.

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