The 400 freestyle relay quartet of (l-r) Grace Bachelder, Paige Werner, Julia Alberts and Katerina Kovarik step up to the starting block before Saturday’s state race. (Photo by Becky Walz)
The 400 freestyle relay quartet of (l-r) Grace Bachelder, Paige Werner, Julia Alberts and Katerina Kovarik step up to the starting block before Saturday’s state race. (Photo by Becky Walz)

Eight events from Decorah High School garnered a total of 12 points at the state swim meet Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, in Marshalltown.

The Vikes placed 26th overall at the state meet.

Ames won the team title with 303 points. Iowa City West was a distant second with 277 points.


How the Vikes did

The 200 free relay scored the lone points for Decorah. 

The quartet of Paige Werner, Maeley Nefzger, Katerina Kovarik and Julia Alberts combined in the relay to post a time of 1:40.76, earning 11th and 12 points for the Red and Blue. They cut 2.5 seconds off their seed time.

Alberts had Decorah’s next-best finish in the 100 freestyle, finishing 18th in the preliminary races in 54.60 seconds. The sophomore had started the 2020 meet with the 200 freestyle race, touching the wall in 2:00.15, in 24th place in the preliminary race Friday night.

Slicing over three seconds from their seed time, the 400 freestyle relay finished in 3:45.68, good for 19th place. Members of the team were Werner, Grace Bachelder, Kovarik and Alberts.

Fellow sophomore, Werner, also dove in against the 100 freestyle competition, finishing 23rd in the preliminary race in 55.19 seconds.

Margaret Rhodes, a junior, competed in two individual prelims Friday night — the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. She finished the season in 26th in the 100 fly race in 1:00.95 and notched a 21st place finish in the 500 freestyle in 5:22.59.

In her first state diving meet, Brinley Krivachek finished in 30th place with 173.65 points.

“We had a young group of athletes competing at the state level this year,” said Coach Allie Bachelder. “They did very well and many finished the meet with personal best times. This was a great way to finish a successful season. These girls are incredible young ladies in and out of the pool.”