Dodgers swim for state spots

The Fort Dodge swim team will try to add one more day to their season, as they host a district meet today in the Dodger pool.

Action begins at 12:30 p.m. The top 24 times around the state in six district meets advance to the state meet.

“Our guys are starting to seem rested and we definetly needed that,” said Fort Dodge head coach Joel Greathouse. “This meet is realy going to challenge us. We’re going to have to have really good swims to get relays qualified.

“Basicallyit is four teams from every district that could make it, but sometimes more and sometimes less. You never know what teams will load relays and which will go for individual events.”

The Dodgers will be joined by CIC Northern division foe Ames, along with Boone, Carroll, Sioux City, Spencer and Storm Lake.

Both senior Josh Lee and junior Rob Leigh competed in the state meet last season.

Lee swam in the 50 freestyle and was also part of the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay. Lee finished 19th in his individual event.

Leigh was a swimmer on the 200 freestyle freestyle.

“Our best bet is in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays,” Greathouse said. “(Rob) Leigh in the 100 butterfly and who knows about the 50 freestyle. (Josh) Lee, will swim that as well after qualifying for state last year. Josh will also swim the 100 freestyle. Rob will also try in the 50.”

The Dodgers have one final chance to impress the home crowd.

“To be in our own pool every year for districts is just a great thing,” Greathouse said. “Swimming at home is something special. We know every inch of the pool, how walls feel, what blocks are like – it’s an advantage.”