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MHS swimmers fall to Warriors in home finale

October 10, 2018
By Thorn Compton - Times-Republican , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Sports Editor Note: Taylor Hrabak is a senior at South Tama County High School. Hrabak has been a team member with the Marshalltown High School Swim team throughout her high school career.

The Marshalltown girls swimming and diving team hosted its final home meet of the season on Tuesday night, but it was Waukee who walked out of the pool at MHS with its head held highest.

The Warriors won 10 of 12 events over the Bobcats, taking second in nine of those as well, on the way to a 137-48 victory.

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Taylor Hrabak competed in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle Relay at her final home meet of the season with MHS.
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Marshalltown head coach Angie Nelson said her girls didn't have an off night, it was just a tough team to compete with.

"Waukee is great, there's not a whole lot they can do to make it a little nicer for us," Nelson said. "They are just a really solid team and they have some very, very talented girls and they are very deep."

Seniors Shakira Herrera and Alli Trowbridge ended their home meet schedule strong with the lone event wins for the Bobcats, as Herrera took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 2.53 seconds, and Trowbridge was the top diver with a score of 257.70.

Herrera has been threatening to break the school record of 1:01.52 in the 100 butterfly all season, and Nelson said she's right on the cusp of that achievement.

"I tell you what, that girl can do it any time whenever she wants to. She just has to feel good and do it right, and when she does she will nail it," Nelson said. "Every opportunity that goes by is another opportunity that goes by, and our time is starting to run a little slim. I would feel a lot more comfortable watching her break that record before the end of the season. It doesn't matter what meet it happens at, it just matters that it happens."

Trowbridge wasn't alone in competing well on the diving board, as Mia Rasmusson took third with a score of 190.05, which Nelson said is very encouraging.

"Alli had a great night on the diving board and Mia Rasmusson continues to impress us as she improves," Nelson said. "She's kind of learning some new things and working on a new approach, she's got a lot of great skills and will be something to watch out for in the next couple of years."

Another freshman made some waves in the pool as well, as Erin Stanley took third in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 100 freestyle.

"She had a good night, she had a great 100 freestyle and had a great 100 backstroke," Nelson said of Stanley. "She is a freshman so we will keep watching out for her, she is getting stronger all of the time and improving her strokes."

Taylor Hrabak (South Tama) saw more time shaved off her already team-best 200 freestyle time, dropping from a 2:08.35 to a 2:07.21, and Nelson said she and other girls showed some good competitive chops.

"We had a couple of really good races, Taylor in the 200 had a really nice race and it was a season best for her," Nelson said. "Good race in the 50 freestyle with Shakira and Cori [Jorgenson] both racing for a :27, so that's excellent."

There's just one meet left in the regular season now before the CIML Conference meet and the regional meets to follow, and Nelson said her girls need to take advantage of their relaxed schedule late in the season to do some fine tuning on their strokes.

"I really want to see them doing more yards with more sprint yards in those yards," she said. "The practices have been designed to do that, to build up their sprint yards within the sets they are doing, and we want to see them continue to work really, really hard. Put more weight on in the weight room, just kind of get after it. Now that we have more time between meets we've got more time to correct some little things and talk to them about some little things that can make them faster without any extra energy."

Marshalltown finishes the regular season with a meet at West Des Moines Valley next Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m.


(Winner plus MHS placewinners)

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Waukee (Olney, Marquardt, Wiltse, Kemp) 1:59.53; 3. MHS (Hrabak, Hernandez, Herrera, Jorgenson) 2:04.04.

200 FREESTYLE - 1. Izzy Stevens, Waukee, 2:04.02; 3. Taylor Hrabak, MHS, 2:07.21; 5. Emily Manis, MHS, 2:25.51.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Elle Kramer, Waukee, 2:19.42; 4. Klaudia Hernandez, MHS, 2:38.57.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Anna Hamling, Waukee, :25.88; 4. Shakira Herrera, MHS, :27.28; 5. Cori Jorgenson, MHS, :27.69.

DIVING - 1. Alli Trowbridge, MHS, 257.70; 3. Mia Rasmusson 190.05; 4. Aaliyah Afuya, MHS, 187.75.

100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Shakira Herrera, MHS, 1:02.53; 5. Veronica Herrera, MHS, 1:39.57.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Elle Kramer, Waukee, :57.08; 4. Taylor Hrabak, MHS, :59.19; 5. Erin Stanley, MHS, 1:04.47.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Emily Hamling, Waukee, 5:48.89; 4. Cori Jorgenson, MHS, 6:33.61; 5. Taylor Jones, MHS, 7:29.48.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Waukee (Wiltse, Kemp, Stevens, Hueser) 1:48.30; 4. MHS (Bartles, Waltermire, Manis, Stanley) 1:59.60.

100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Anna Hamling, Waukee, 1:01.68; 3. Erin Stanley, MHS, 1:12.54; 5. Emily Manis, MHS, 1:16.12.

100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Emily Hamling, Waukee, 1:14.43; 4. Klaudia Hernandez, MHS, 1:22.00; 5. CeCe Waltermire, MHS, 1:23.85.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Waukee (Wurth, Kemp, Hamling, Collum) 3:56.11; 2. MHS (Herrera, Hrabak, Hernandez, Jorgenson) 4:04.65.



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