Swimmers ready to get the 100 breaststroke underway in the Dubuque regional meet Saturday included Decorah’s Mia Smedsrud (top of photo) and Ella Hermeier (bottom). (submitted photo)
Swimmers ready to get the 100 breaststroke underway in the Dubuque regional meet Saturday included Decorah’s Mia Smedsrud (top of photo) and Ella Hermeier (bottom). (submitted photo)

The Decorah girls swim and dive team will have representatives in eight events this weekend at the state meet in Marshalltown following the Thursday regional diving and Saturday regional swim meets at Dubuque Hempstead.

“We had an outstanding day at regionals with only a couple races that didn’t go the way we wanted; however, we qualified eight events to swim at the state meet this weekend,” said Coach Allie Bachelder.

Compiling 280.5 points, the Vikings finished in fourth place in the team standings, while Cedar Rapids Kennedy claimed the team title with 416.5 points.

Of the seven regional meets across the state, the top finisher in each event automatically qualified for the state meet, along with individuals who achieved the standard time throughout the season. To fill the 32-team relay events or individual fields, the next fastest times from all regionals earned state bids.

Four individuals will compete at state, as well as two relays.

Sophomore Brinley Krivachek kicked the regional competition off Thursday with a fourth-place finish in the diving competition with 380.30 points, qualifying for state by score. She goes into Friday’s state diving event seeded 25th.

By way of at-large bids, Julia Alberts garnered the opportunity to swim at state in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle. The sophomore touched the wall fifth in the 200 freestyle in 2:00.15 and finished the 100 freestyle in 54.60 seconds, good for fourth place. Seeded 25th in the 200 freestyle, Alberts will open the state meet in the first of four heat prelims Friday night. Her 100 freestyle time give her an 18th overall seeding.

Margaret Rhodes is also a two-time individual state qualifier by way of at-large bids in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. Stopping the clock at 1:00.95, the junior finished sixth in the 100 butterfly and finished fourth in the 5:22.59 in the 500 freestyle. With a 27th seed in the 100 butterfly and 18ty seed in the 500 freestyle, Rhodes will compete in the prelims on Friday as well.

For the second straight season, Paige Werner qualified for state in the 100 freestyle on time, finishing in 55.19 seconds in seventh place and is seeded 26th at state.

Combining for fourth place in a time of 1:43.17 in the 200 freestyle relay were Werner, Maeley Nefzger, Katerina Kovarik and Alberts to punch their ticket to state by way of their overall time with a 16th seed.

The day ended for the Vikings with a fifth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Werner, Grace Bachelder, Kovarik and Alberts stopped the clock at 3:48.80, earning them a 24th seed at state.

The state diving meet will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, followed by the state preliminary swimming events set to begin at 5 p.m. At noon (12 p.m.) Saturday, Nov. 14, the state swimming finals will be held. All events are held at the Marshalltown YMCA. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no spectators will be permitted at the State Swimming and Diving Meet. There will be a pay-per-view live stream available on the IGHSAU Digital Network (www.watchighsau.org). The cost per session to view the stream is $10.