Katerina Kovarik was runner-up in the 100 breast Tuesday night at the triple dual meet in Cedar Falls. The freshman clocked in at 1:18.30. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Katerina Kovarik was runner-up in the 100 breast Tuesday night at the triple dual meet in Cedar Falls. The freshman clocked in at 1:18.30. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It has been a busy week for the Decorah girls swim and dive team, competing in three meets in six days.

Runner-up finish

Saturday, the Vikings secured a second-place finish at the Dubuque Senior invite with 556 points, behind Dubuque Wahlert.

“The girls had another outstanding day in the pool,” said Coach Allie Bachelder. “I was extremely proud of how they raced as we had two meets back-to-back with a hard practice in between and they raced well for being tired. Finishing second at this invite was a huge accomplishment for the team. These girls are solid in the pool and it is an honor to coach them.”

Standing atop the podium for the lone Viking gold was Emma Bachelder in the 200 individual medley in 2:14.41. The senior turned out a silver in the 100 free in 54.59 seconds as well.

Two relays —200 and 400 free relays — took runner-up in the five-team field. Combining for a time of 1:46.26 in the 200 free relay were Paige Werner, Kiana Folkedahl, Maeley Nefzger and E. Bachelder, while the 400 free relay of Werner, Katerina Kovarik, Emily Voyna and E. Bachelder had a time of 3:54.95.

Werner had one of the Vikings’ other top-three finishers in the 50 free, touching the wall in 26.77 seconds for bronze, while senior diver Maddie Putnam put together a score of 180.15 to finish third.


Back in the water

The Lady Vikes returned to the pool in a triple dual meet with Cedar Falls and Dubuque Hempstead Tuesday night in Cedar Falls, winning 132-50 over Hempstead and coming up short versus Cedar Falls, 119-67.

Decorah picked up one gold to go with six runner-up finishes. Emma Bachelder made quick work of the 200 individual medley in 2:15.39 for gold. The senior earned one of the silver medals in the 100 free in 54.52 seconds.

The 200 medley relay had started things off strong in 2:02.69, claiming silver. Members of the quartet were Emily Voyna, Ella Hermeier, Julia Alberts and Maeley Nefzger. Later in the evening, Voyna stopped the clock at 1:05.23 in the 100 fly to collect the runner-up spot. Finishing second in the 100 breast in 1:18.30 was Katerina Kovarik. The 200 and 400 free relays also finished second. E. Bachelder, Kiana Folkedahl, Nefzger and Paige Werner combined for a time of 1:45.78 in the 200 free, while it was Werner, Voyna, Alberts and E. Bachelder in the 400 free in 3:49.71.

Rounding out the top three finishes for the Vikings was Werner in the 50 free in 26.79 seconds; Alivia Bahr in the 100 fly in 1:11.10; Kovarik in the 500 free in 5:47.51; Hermeier in the 100 breast in 1:18.69; and Brinley Krivachek in the diving competition, garnering a final tally of 179.75 points.


Long break

After having three meets in less than a week, the Vikings now recuperate and prepare for the Waterloo East invite set for Saturday, Sept. 14, at Central Middle School in Waterloo at 12 p.m.