Drew Chamberlain gets a clean start for Decorah’s state-qualifying 200-medley relay at regionals Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Johnson)
Drew Chamberlain gets a clean start for Decorah’s state-qualifying 200-medley relay at regionals Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Johnson)

The momentum continues to build for the Decorah boys’ swim program, which qualified seven events for the state swim Saturday at the regional competition at Linn-Mar.

“The guys had an amazing day with many personal bests and state-qualifying times. I am proud of every member of our team,” said Coach Laura Storlie.

With 219.5 points, the Vikings finished fourth in the team standings behind champion Iowa City West who had 439. In second was host, Linn-Mar with 362, while Iowa City City High took third with 280.5 points.

Events are qualified based on having the 24-fastest times across the state. There are no classes in swimming; all schools compete against one another.

The state meet is Saturday, Feb. 15, on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) beginning at 12:30 p.m.


To the big event

Decorah qualified a host of athletes in a variety events that began with the 200-medley relay. The quartet of Drew Chamberlain, Jackson Penny, Gus Grimstad and Cole Huebner posted a fourth-place finish time of 1:39.95, to earn a 13th seed at state.

A second relay, the 400-free relay also punched a ticket to state with a time of 3:18.90, good for third place. Members of the team were Cole Huebner, Bradyn Hook, Penny and Grimstad. The quartet’s time puts them in the middle of the 24-team field with a No. 12 seed.

Penny will make his second trip to the big swim meet as a two-time individual qualifier as well. The senior stopped the clock at 2:00.78 in the 200 individual medley to qualify on time to state. The qualifying time seeds Penny 18th in the IM field. Penny also will look to make a splash in the 100 breaststroke after finishing sixth in 1:01.44. He enters the state meet seeded 15th overall.

 Also qualifying individually in two events was Grimstad. It marks the third trip to state for the junior as he looks to compete in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke at state. At Saturday’s qualifier, Grimstad posted a third-place time of 51.36 seconds in the 100 butterfly and earned himself a seventh seed. It was a 53.22 second effort for the junior in the 100 backstroke. Grimstad is seeded 11th for state.

A time of 4:55.90 earned Chamberlain eighth place in the 500 freestyle at the regional competition and will compete in his first state swim meet as a No. 21 seed.