FD swimmers in action

Fort Dodge head girls swim coach Rosie Ellendson continues to see the right kind of gains from her squad in the early portion of the season.

While the scoreboard showed a convincing 125-58 victory for Waukee in the Dodger pool, FDSH did score three first place finishes Tuesday.

Elli Russell claimed the 50 freestyle, Amanda Schaffer won diving and the 200 free relay all picked up golds.

“Elli just had an incredible swim,” Ellendson said. “And the 200 free relay was on point (Tuesday night).

“Overall, I am very happy with the drop in times the girls continue to post.”

Russell clocked a time of 28.38 to best Lacey Kwan, while Schaffer scored 149.15 points to earn diving. The 200 relay consisted of freshman Lehr Thorson, Russell, ninth-grader Gretta Leigh and Lauren Underwood.

They had a clocking of 1:55.57, two seconds ahead of the Warrior quartet.

“That was a personal-best from the 200 free relay,” Ellendson said. “What I am enjoying the most right now is the level of excitement these girls show each time they compete.

“As soon as they finish their races, they are looking up to see the times and they are excited. That’s what we need to continue to build this program: excitement.”

The 200 medley relay of Russell, Shay Saathoff, Underwood and Thorson placed second in 2:11.13, as did Underwood in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.32).

“Lauren just got touched out in the breaststroke, and I have complete confidence she will get that girl next time they race,” Ellendson said. “Our breaststroke group is really performing well right now, as is everybody.”

Adding a third-place showing was the 400 relay of Ashley Graham, Catilyn Goebel, Leigh and Jenifer Bentz. They had a time of 4:37.83.

The Dodgers return to action this Saturday at the Ames Invitational. Start time is set for 10 a.m.