2018 Girls State Meet Wrap Up

Wow! The prelim/final format in 2018 did not disappoint. Our girls swam fast and the crowd was large and LOUD! In prelims, we saw 2 state records fall, 8 automatic All-American, and 11 consideration All-American swims. Finals brought consolation and final heat racing during the individual races, bringing many great head-to-head battles and bringing the crowd to its feet. There were 2 Relay State records broken, 15 automatic All-American, and 18 consideration All-American times. The Iowa girls swam AWESOME!

The IHSSCA welcomed Jocelyn Wright from Linn-Mar, Danielle Harris (Sann) from West Des Moines Valley, and Emma Sougstad from Mason City into the Hall of Fame. Notably it was cool to see Emma bring her support team to the blocks for a group photo. The IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction award was presented to Dan Flannery, head coach of the Ames Cyclones. Congratulations to all!

The Ames dominance continues with their fourth straight state title. They were able to score three individuals in all but four events, and in those events they still scored two swimmers. Diving was a strength for Ames, scoring three in the top nine, with Jayna Misra winning her 2nd title in a row. They punctuated their victory winning both the freestyle relays. The 200 Freestyle relay team of Amy Feddersen, Meghan Donald, Molly Winer, and Brinley Horras finished with a new state record! Dowling Catholic made the meet interesting, finishing 53 points back for second place with 319 points. The team from Bettendorf finished in 3rd place with 194 points.

Another repeat performance came from our Athlete of the Year recipient, Berit Quass from Dowling Catholic. Berit was the only individual to win two events, break two individual state records and was part of a relay state record in the 200 Medley. Every time she swam either an individual or a relay event, she and her team garnered automatic All-American performances, for six automatic All-American performances in our prelim-final format.

West Des Moines Dowling Catholic scored its most points ever at the state meet with 319 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. Most exciting, their 200 Medley relay of Katie Broderick, Mary Martin, Berit Quass, and Mary Sweetman set a new state meet record leading off the Finals portion of our meet.

Finally, our state meet this year was new, fresh, & exciting. Iowa has outstanding athletes, officials, administrators, and volunteers giving their best to display our sport at the state meet. A special thanks to our hosts at the Marshalltown Community Y and the Marshalltown community after surviving a rough stretch of weather they have shown they are Marshalltown Strong!

Rick Loeffelholz
Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association