Swimming: Toreadors poised to capture North Central Conference glory

Defending champion Newton needs to rebuild quickly for a repeat


Sports Editor 


The Boone Toreador swim team looks to build off one of the best season’s in school history and takes aim at a North Central Conference title in 2016. 

Six Greene County High School girls will help make up a Toreador squad that came in second at the conference meet a year ago.

Newton took home the team title in 2015 with 363 points, a few dozen points ahead of Boone’s 316 and would go on to finish 12th at state. 

The Cardinals lost 100-yard butterfly state-champion and 200-yard freestyle silver-medalist, Samantha Hedrick to graduation as well as Sydney Jenkins and Hannah Rhoads. All three were members of the state-qualifying 200-yard freestyle relay team. 

Boone returns 14 swimmers including their entire school record-breaking and state-qualifying 200-meter relay squad as well as senior Erin Kokemiller, who also qualified for state in the 100-yard breast stroke. The only major contributor the Toreadors lost was diver Kennedy Bass, who qualified for state a season ago in the diving competition. 

Greene County’s Haley Hall returns to the Boone team as a member of the defending conference champion relay teams in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle events. She also took home second in the 100-yard butterfly.  

Decorah, Vinton-Shellsburg and Grinnell each return state qualifiers and round out a solid core of North Central Conference foes. 

The first swim meet of the fall is a mere days away, as the Boone girls hit the pool Monday, Aug. 22 in the Des Moines Lincoln Invite.

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