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Algona/ELC swimmers finish eighth at Regionals

By Staff | Nov 12, 2020

Estherville Lincoln Central members competing with the shared girls swim program with Algona are Quimby Ross, Cathryn Houge, Kaitlyn Pollock, Emily Paulson, Leah Williams, and Emma Ross. File photo

FORT DODGE — The Algona/Estherville Lincoln Central High School Girls Swim Team finished the season with an eighth place finish at Regionals with 68 points last Saturday.

“The girls went into the meet with several goals in mind,” said Algona/ELC coach Jim Fisher. “They wanted to beat their seed time and have five top 20 individual finishes. The team had 16 of 18 events beat the seed time and had six top 20 finishes. They also had eight season best times.”

The 200 medley relay team finished eighth in a time of 2:19.86, a season best and beat the seed time by 6 seconds. Emily Paulson, Cathryn Houge, Kaitlyn Pollock and Emma Ross swam on that relay.

In the 200 individual medley, Houge was 17th in 2:47.24, a season best and beat her seed time by 13 seconds. Leah Williams was 21st in a time of 2:55.28, season best and beat her seed time by 12 seconds. Paulson was 22nd in 3:01.23 which was a 5 second drop from her seed time.

In the 50 freestyle, Quimby Ross was 20th in a time of 29.38, also a season best. Cayla Steinman was 22nd in 35.02 and Josie Wiita was 23rd in 35.20 a season best.

In the 100 butterfly, Pollock was 16th in a time of 1:14.74 and Emma Ross was 18th in 1:17.07.

In the 100 freestyle, Quimby Ross was 22nd in 1:07.42, a season best and 4 seconds drop in seed time. Steinman was 23rd in 1:16.37, drop of 3 seconds from her seed time and Wiita was 24th in 1:17.26.

Pollock was 20th in the 500 freestyle in 6:52.54.

The 200 freestyle relay team was eighth in 2:04.83 with a drop of 4 seconds from the seed time.  The team was Paulson, Williams and the Ross sisters.

Paulson was 22nd in the 100 backstroke in 1:22.55, a season best and improvement of 4 seconds from the seed time.

In the 100 breaststroke, Houge was 16th in 1:24.20, season best and 10 second drop in seed time and Williams was 21st in a time of 1:31.85. A 3 second drop from the seed time.

The 400 freestyle relay team was eighth in a time of 4:44.83, which was a drop of 17 seconds drop seed time. The team consisted of Williams, the Ross sisters and Pollock.

“It was a good meet for all the girls with the season best times, the drops in seed times and the number of top 20 finishes,” said Fisher. “It showed the girls that their hard work paid off. The girls had a good fun time and for me it was a nice finish to my coaching career with the Algona High School Girls Swim Team.”

Saturday’s meet was also the final for seniors Kaitlyn Pollock and Emma Ross.