The field is set for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s state swimming and diving meet this weekend at the Horne Henry Center at the Marshalltown YMCA.
The regional held at Cedar Rapids Washington is well represented in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Regional 100 fly champion Jill Broghammer of Washington leads a group of five to qualify, including Cedar Rapids Prairie-Williamsburg’s Shelby Doehrmann, Linn-Mar’s Sarah Wodnik, the Warriors’ Sami Puk and Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Lexi Scharmer.
In the 100 back, Puk leads the way and is joined by Kennedy’s Carmen McCoy, Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Erin Kibby, Scharmer, Linn-Mar’s Nicole Larsen and Zoey Dietz of Washington.
With the good comes the not-so good from the regional. Each regional champion automatically qualifies for state with the next best 18 times across the state receiving at-large berths. The Washington regional had three events where only the regional champ earned a spot this weekend.
Katherine Cote of Linn-Mar was the only qualifier in the 200 free, McCoy was the lone state participant in the 100 free and the Lions’ Alex Dunn has the regional’s only spot in the 500 free. The 50 free has two qualifiers – Emilie Berg of Linn-Mar and Broghammer – and they hold the 21st and 24th spots.
Iowa City High’s Beth Eyanson has to be thrilled with the prospects of claiming championship bookends to her prep career for the Little Hawks. Eyanson, who claimed the 100 back title as a freshman, is the top seed in both the 100 back (58.18) and the 100 fly (57.58).
She’ll race in the same 100 fly heat as good friend and rival Grace Murray of Iowa City West. Murray qualified seventh in the event and also holds the third-fastest qualifying time in the 500 free.
Decorah has a legitimate chance to earn its first top-five finish at the state meet. Last year the Vikings placed in the top 10 for the very first time. They enter as the top seed in the 200 free relay and second in the 200 medley relay. Hannah Maher, who placed second in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke last year, holds the fourth seed in each event. She likely could score the Vikings big points. Just swimming to their seeds would place them around 130 points, almost assuring they’ll finish in the top 10 and, based on recent state meet team scores, put them in solid position to knock on the door of the top 5.
IGHSAU’s list of qualifiers can be found here.
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