Girls Swimming Grabs Third Place Finish at Regionals to Qualify for State

Jesse Hausknecht-Brown, Feature Editor

Roaring cheers follow the sharp whistle that begins the race. Swimmers shoot off the blocks to compete for a spot at the state meet. At regionals this Saturday in Linn Mar, City High swimmers qualified seven girls and all three relays for state.

“I thought we did really well,” Trinity Sadecky ‘20, who qualified in the 50 and 500 freestyle and two relays, said. “I feel way better than last year.”

Although there have been a lot of injuries on the team this year, City High placed third at its regional site with a score of 344. Laila Butler-Mills ‘21 thought the meet was fun and enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere.

“It was a good environment and everyone was really excited to just race and have fun,” Butler-Mills said.

Regional diving took place on Thursday, October 31, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy. City High divers Greta Stanier ‘23, Eva Packer ‘21 and Peyton Sands ‘20 competed. They placed 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

“I think [regionals] went well,” Packer said. “It was Halloween which wasn’t ideal but [the] coaches passed out candy and the meet ended up going pretty quick and was really fun. We all did really well and it was nice to have a good last meet.”

Sadecky, Carly Weigel ‘20, Olivia Masterson ‘20, Rika Yahashiri ‘21, Averi Loria ‘22, Jesse Hausknecht-Brown ‘21, Julianne Berry-Stoezle ‘21, and Grace Campion ‘22 will swim in the state meet in Marshalltown next Friday and Saturday. Portia Klefstad ‘20 and Amelia Lang-Fallon ‘23 will go as alternates and Butler-Mills as the manager.

“I’m super excited [for state],” Sadecky said. “A little sad because it’s my senior year, but I’m excited to end [the season] one last time.”