WEST DES MOINES — NCMP’s Aquagirls had an opportunity to see where they are at the midway point of the swim season while competing in Saturday’s 2017 West Des Moines Valley’s Tiger Tankers Invitational.
Six of the top 20 high school girls’ swim teams out of the 2017 power rankings competed in Saturday’s swim meet. Second-ranked Dowling Catholic dominated to win with 534.5 points and fifth-ranked Waukee was second with 362 points.
One of the top races in the meet came in the 100-yard breaststroke with three of the top 10 fastest swimmers in the state in the event including NCMP’s junior Lindsey Blommers. Blommers is ranked seventh behind No. 6 Reilly Shaner of Valley. Dowling’s Mary Martin has the fourth-fastest time this season.
It was a race to the final touch as Shaner won the race in 1 minute, 8.16 seconds. Blommers and Martin finished a tie at 1:08.36. It’s Blommers’ fastest time this season by a fraction — 1:08.37 on Aug. 31. Martin has gone 1:07.85 this season in the same pool.
“Lindsey looked strong in her race and used good strategy. She also posted good splits in the 200 free and 200 medley relay. We had a few other races where swimmers were at or near season or personal best times,” NCMP head coach Sarah Patterson said.
NCMP finished eighth in the nine-team invitational meet. The Aquagirls scored 99.5 points and was behind other teams before the swimming events began because of the diving event.
“This was a tough invitational with a few of the top teams in the state. We definitely swam tired. Newton’s homecoming was last week and two of our other schools had homecoming this weekend,” Patterson said. “With that said, however, we cannot afford to have what I call feel-sorry-itis because any team worth its salt is working hard right now, too. We will really need the girls to focus in the next few weeks, get extra rest when they can, and get ready to swim fast at the end of the season.”
Blommers was 10th in the 50 freestyle in 26.35 seconds with junior Rachel Boll in 19th at 27.62 and sophomore Abbie Hill in 23rd at 29.07.
In the breaststroke event, NCMP’s sophomore Allison Paulius was 15th in 1:17.46 and senior Briahna Teague was 21st in 1:25.48.
Junior Lakin Jenkins went 15th in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke races.
In the freestyle event, Jenkins posted a 59.45 with junior Alex Inskeep in 18th in 1:00.29 and sophomore Erika Van Sickle was 22nd in 1:02.10.
Jenkins swam a 1:06.54 in the backstroke with Rachel Boll in 18th at 1:09.25 and senior Julia Prime in 25th at 1:17.35.
“Lakin’s backstroke time was her career best. She had an all-around good meet with great splits on the 200 medley relay and on our 400 freestyle relay,” Patterson said. “Rachel Boll continues to drop time in her 50 freestyle and looked good.”
Inskeep was 16th in the 200 freestyle in 2:13.11.
Freshman Natalie Boll placed 18th in 2:14.79 and senior Jessica Zahn was 22nd in 2:17.87.
Freshman Makenna Brooks turned in a 16th-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 1:09.40. Natalie Boll was 17th in 1:10.54 and freshman Chloe Kibbee was 22nd in 1:14.01.
“McKenna dipped under 50 in her 50 fly medley relay split and went under 1:10 in the 100 fly for the first time,” Patterson said.
The NCMP 200 medley relay team of Rachel Boll, Blommers, Brooks and Jenkins placed seventh in 1:59.35. In the final race of the day, the Aquagirl foursome of Natalie Boll, Zahn, Courtney Dawson and Jenkins took seventh in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:06.71.
Paulius was 20th in the 200 individual medley race in 2:38.91.
Freshman Arabella Eide was 22nd in 2:43.27 and Dawson, a sophomore, was 24th in 2:45.24.
In the 500 freestyle, Zahn placed 20th in 6:07.46, Dawson was 22nd in 6:21.98 and Eide was 24th in 6:33.44.
NCMP’s 200 freestyle relay team of Blommers, Zahn, Dawson and Inskeep placed ninth in 1:50.08.
“Many girls had solid swims — but, now we need to move past solid and look to be more competitive,” Patterson said.
Lewis Central was third in the team standings with 281 points followed by Valley in fourth at 258, Atlantic in fifth with 210, Linn-Mar in sixth at 195 and Sioux City Metro in seventh at 114.
Spencer was ninth with 88 points.
NCMP travels on Tuesday to swim at 6:30 p.m. against host Perry.
The Aquagirls host Atlantic at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Newton YMCA.
Contact Jocelyn Sheets at 641-792-3121 ext. 6535 or email@example.com