Jackson Penny skims the water in the butterfly stroke of the IM during the district meet held Saturday at Linn-Mar.  (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Johnson)
Jackson Penny skims the water in the butterfly stroke of the IM during the district meet held Saturday at Linn-Mar. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Johnson)

   It’s three state appearances in a row for senior Decorah boys’ swim team member Noah Faldet.
   For three other team members, it will be their maiden journey. Joining Faldet at state will be Gus Grimstad, AJ Morrow and Andrew Heine.
Faldet, a senior from South Winn, will compete in three events. It will be his third season at state in the 100 breaststroke as he looks to improve from his 10th place finish from 2017. He will also be a contender in the 100 butterfly.
   He will join Grimstad, Morrow and Heine in the 200 medley relay at state.
   The state meet is set for Saturday, Feb. 10, at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center in Iowa City.
   The Vikings finished sixth in the team standings at the district meet, hosted by Linn-Mar Saturday, scoring 189 points. Cedar Rapids Washington took first with 383 points, with Linn-Mar second with 332 points.

Qualifying process
   Events qualify for state based on times from the district meets throughout the state. The top-24 fastest times from all district sites move on to state. There are no classes for swimming; all schools compete against one another.

Moving on
   Decorah started the day strong, touching the wall third in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Grimstad, Faldet, Morrow and Heine finished less than a second out of second place as it picked up a school record in 1:40.95. The previous school record of 1:42.21 was set in 2014 by Jerod Heying, Mac Faldet, Rjis Nesset and Cole Svestka.
   The foursome enter the state meet seeded 18th overall. Ames enters the state meet with the top seed time of 1:35.97.
   Faldet powered through the water in the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 54.54 to finish fourth. His district finish sets him 23rd overall entering state competition. With a time of 50.59, Forrest Frazier of Iowa City High has the top seed entering the state meet.
   In the next-to-last event, the senior won gold in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 58.31 gives him the third-best seed heading into state. The fastest time in the state again belongs to Iowa City High’s Frazier.

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