Dodger swimmers win

Prior to Thursday night’s swim dual with Des Moines North, Fort Dodge head coach Rosie Ellendson was hit with some adversity.

Once that actual meet started, though, the Dodgers were never threatened, cruising to a 111-49 victory last night.

Two swimmers were injured during practice, forcing Ellendson to make some last-minute changes to the roster. They paid off, as Fort Dodge won all but two events and swept the relays.

“I was very excited by the performances I saw,” Ellendson said. “We have been working hard since practice began in August, and to get some great results and wins, that just gives the girls confidence and momentum to build on.

“I was really proud of the way the girls handled being moved around in races. They swam some races that they haven’t in years, and they did great in them.”

Amanda Schaffer and Alyssa Nehring were the swimmers Ellendson moved around and they both came through with strong races in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

“It shows me that these girls are willing to do anything and everything to help this team get better,” she said. “That’s the kind of commitment we need to succeed.”

Junior Elli Russell was a double-winner, claiming the 50 free (28.37) and 100 back (1:13.72). Other individual race winners were Ashley Graham, Jackie Scott, Holly Stockdale, Gretta Leigh and Lauren Underwood.

Schaffer won the diving competition and Ryann Dawson finished second.

“The younger girls really came out and swam hard,” Ellendson said. “And I thought Ashley did a tremendous job. She swam a lot this summer, and it’s nice to see her having good results.

“We still have work to do, but I like the direction we are headed and the fact that we are already dropping times from our first action of the year.”

North’s Moriah Ross picked up the other two races that Fort Dodge didn’t cross first in.

The Dodgers return to action Tuesday when they host Waukee.