For the second year in a row, the Decorah Swim Club was awarded the Age Group Short Course Championship sportsmanship/spirit award at the 14 & Under Short Course State Championship. (Photo submitted)
For the second year in a row, the Decorah Swim Club was awarded the Age Group Short Course Championship sportsmanship/spirit award at the 14 & Under Short Course State Championship. (Photo submitted)
The Decorah Swim Club (DEC) sent 30 swimmers to the 14 & Under Short Course State Championships in Grinnell March 2-5.
During the four days of competition, DEC had eight swimmers who finished in the top eight, set 12 new Q-times and had one swimmer who achieved national AAA time standards.
DEC also was awarded the Age Group Short Course Championship sportsmanship/spirit award for the second year in a row. They also were nominated for Age Group Coaching Staff of the Year.
DEC finished 11th overall, its best place ever at a state meet, with a combined point total of 708 points. The boys team finished its highest ever, 5th overall in the state with 625 points. The girls team also finished its highest ever, 17th overall with 83 points. The 11-12 boys had the highest finish at 4th overall with 346 points.
Only the top three 11 & older swimmers make the podium. Cole Huebner (12) missed the podium the first three days by finishing fourth in the 11-12 50 fly (28.01) and also in the 11-12 100 fly (1:02.44).
“Cole really wanted to make the podium at the state meet. We knew two of his best shots were in the butterfly events,” said Head Coach Eric Crawford. “So when he missed out on the podium by one one-hundredth of a second in the 50 fly, it was really heartbreaking. But he got up Sunday with a drive to make it happen.”
Sunday, Huebner was crowned the state champion in the boys 11-12 100 free (55.13); improving his time by nearly six seconds. He also finished fourth in the 200 fly; fifth in the 1650 free; and eighth in the 400 IM. He achieved new AAA time standards in the 11-12 50 fly (28.01), 11-12 100 fly (1:02.44) and 11-12 100 free (55.13). Only the top-6 percent of swimmers in the nation in their age group, their same sex, in that stroke and distance can achieve this time standard.
“Cole’s hard work, dedication and persistence really paid off this weekend,” said Crawford. “It was amazing to see him go after it time and time again. To not only get on the podium, but to win a state championship title was really great.”
DEC swimmers who finished in the top-8 included: Bradyn Hook (13), 6th in the 13-14 400 IM & 100 fly, 7th in the 1650 free & 200 fly; Margaret Rhodes (12), 7th in the 11-12 100 fly; Carson Hager (10), 6th in the 10 & Under 50 breaststroke & 200 free, 5th in the 500 free, 4th in the 100 breaststroke; Brock Voyna (10), 6th in the 10 & Under 100 breaststroke, 4th in the 50 breaststroke; Andrew Rhodes (10), 8th in the 10 & Under 50 fly; Isaac Knaack (11), 6th in the 11-12 50 back; and Topher Bigalk (12), 8th in the 11-12 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
DEC also had one relay that finished in the top-3; the boys 10 & Under 200 free relay team of Carson Hager, Brock Voyna, Dash Donlan and Graine Curtin. They finished third overall with a time of 2:06.59.
DEC will pick back up with its long course season starting March 27. Registration for the long course season is now open via the team’s website: DecorahSwimClub.com