2017 Girls State Meet Wrap Up

The tradition of fast swimming & spectacular diving continues. This year, every event had either an automatic All-American or a consideration All-American winner. Specifically, we had 11 automatic All-American times and 14 consideration All-American times. Along with 4 State Records, and our first female to go under the 50-point barrier in the individual 100-yard Freestyle – Amy Fedderson of Ames went 49.54!

The IHSSCA welcomed Kim Rogers-Ellingson from Cedar Falls, Stephanie Koch from Ames, and Sheri Theisen-Shada from Anamosa into the Hall of Fame. The IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction award was presented to Bettendorf coach Mike Ahrens. Congratulations to all!

The Ames Little Cyclones completed a 3 peat with their 3rd consecutive team title with 384 points. Their score was the second highest point total for team state champions. They won 7 out of the 12 events scored. They started the meet with diving champion Jayna Misra dominating, beating her closest competitor by 57 points. Then they put an exclamation point on the total by winning the 400 free relay with Sophie Sorenson, Brinley Horras, Annie Galvin and Amy Fedderson in a new State Record, beating the previous time by 3.85 seconds. Dowling Catholic took second in the team race with 271.5 team points and Bettendorf finished third with 203.5 points.

Interestingly, the State Athlete of the Year came down to a tie. With both Berit Quass of Dowling Catholic and Sophie Sorenson having amazing days. Both won two events, both had a consideration All-American time, and an automatic All-American time, and both broke a state record on the day. Truly a great day for both girls.

West Des Moines Dowling Catholic scored its most points ever at the state meet with 271.5 points and tied its best finish ever. Their coaching staff of head coach Frankie Hanson and assistant coaches Paul Eure, Boris Bachmann and Saundy Joos were voted IHSSCA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Finally, congratulations to all associated with the 2017 Girl’s High School state meet, from volunteers to coaches and athletes to administrators, all should be proud to be a part of this great sport and displaying a top-notch meet. Thanks to our host at the Marshalltown Community Y and the Marshalltown community for helping to hold this great event!

Rick Loeffelholz
Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association