Margaret Rhodes rides the waves in the butterfly in a recent 200 medley relay. The junior combined with Emily Voyna, Ella Hermeier and Paige Werner to win the 200 medley at Waterloo in 2:03.26.  (Photo by Becky Walz)
Margaret Rhodes rides the waves in the butterfly in a recent 200 medley relay. The junior combined with Emily Voyna, Ella Hermeier and Paige Werner to win the 200 medley at Waterloo in 2:03.26. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Decorah girls’ swim and dive team gave it their all Saturday in a dual meet at Waterloo, coming home with varsity and junior varsity wins.

“The girls had an outstanding day in the pool with many season best times,” said Coach Allie Bachelder. “We changed up many of their events to get times and they dominated most of those events. It was fun to compete with the entire team.”

The varsity claimed eight gold medals on the day, including all three relays.

The day began with the 200 medley relay of Emily Voyna, Ella Hermeier, Margaret Rhodes and Paige Werner touching the wall first in 2:03.26. Katerina Kovarik won the first of two titles in the 200 free in 2:11.44 and later sprinted to victory in the 100 breast in 1:18.45. Werner added to her medal count in the 50 free, posting the winning time of 26.50 seconds.

Maeley Nefzger saw gold in the 100 free in 1:00.06, while Rhodes earned her second medal of the day in the 500 free. Rhodes posted a time of 5:50.23 for the win. On deck for the 200 free relay were Thea Schissel, Ashley Elsbernd, Kiana Folkedahl and Kovarik stopping the clock at 1:54.93, in first place.

Combining for a time of 3:57.73 in the 400 free relay to finish the day with victory were Julia Alberts, Voyna, Werner and Kovarik.

The junior varsity swimmers swept gold in all the races for the day as well.

The Vikes are back in the water tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 15) in a triangular with Dubuque Wahlert and Cedar Falls at Holmes Junior High School in Cedar Falls at 6 p.m.