Dodgers advance three events to state swim

It was a mixed bag of emotions for Fort Dodge boys swim coach Joel Greathouse when the list of state qualifiers came out Saturday night.

After placing third in the district meet as a team at the Dodger pool Saturday, Greathouse knew some of his events were on the bubble. Thanks to some impressive times across the state, the Dodgers had a couple of events just miss a trip to state.

The Dodgers did advance three events to next week’s meet in Marshalltown. Individually, Josh Lee qualified in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.30. That was good enough for third in the district and 20th in the state.

Fort Dodge also advanced its 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The 200 free relay clocked 1:32.75, also third in the district meet (23rd in state).

The 400 free relay swam 3:24.69, good for a runner-up finish at districts (21st in state).

Rob Leigh, Mitch Emery, Caleb Asay and Lee swam the 200 free. Leigh, Cole Davis, Emery and Lee made up the 400 free relay.

“We swam our hearts out,” said Greathouse. “I can’t be disappointed in our performance. We dropped times in just about every event.”

The Dodgers just missed out on qualifying in two other events. Lee swam 22.50 in the 50 freestyle, but missed out on qualifying by seven one-hundreths of a second. Leigh went 55.18 in the 100 butterfly, but he ended up 25th in the state and missed qualifying by three one-hundreths of a second.

Greathouse said the cut-off times for both the 50 and the butterfly were the fastest they’ve ever been.

“We really wanted to see those two get in,” said Greathouse. “The 50 is such a crap shoot. You can’t even see what 7/100th or 3/100th of a second looks like. Our relays came in on the bubble, but we dropped a good amount of time in both. I am happy to see them get in.”

Ames ran away with the team title, scoring 337 points and winning eight of 11 events. The Little Cyclones advanced 10 events to state.

Sioux City was second with 210 points and Fort Dodge scored 198.5. Boone, which won the other three events, was fourth with 175. Carroll (143.5), Spencer (88) and Storm Lake (32) rounded out the field.

Fort Dodge finished fourth in the 200 medley with Davis, Nick Sanford, Emery and Asay clocking 1:49.10.

Davis was fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:11.67 and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.51. Leigh was fifth in the 50 in 22.99. Asay added a sixth in the 100 back in 1:02.19 and Sanford was sixth in the 100 breast in 1:07.91.

Ames won all three relays and had a double winner in Cameron Rasmussen in the 200 I.M. and the 100 breast. Little Cyclone coach Dan Flannery was named district coach of the year.

Boone’s Mason Hartwig won the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, earning him district swimmer of the year honors.