The Waukee girls' swimming team competed at the State Swimming at Diving Meet on Friday and Saturday Nov. 4 and Nov 5.
The Warriors brought home fourth place as a team out of the 32 teams that competed.
Sophomore Elena Wiese competed in the first event, the 100 meter dive. Wiese place 13th with a score of 384.5. At the end of the first event, the Warriors were in 11th place as a team overall with only four points total.
The Warriors competed in the 200 medley relay next. The team of Maddy Bridges, Zoe Bussanmas, Kayla and Kassidy Rinderknecht placed sixth with a time of 1:47.73. The Ames relay team took home first in this race with a finishing time of 1:43.78.
The Warriors now had 30 points as a team and were in fifth place, only led by Ames, Pleasant Valley, Johnston and Bettendorf.
Alex Thorson brought home fourth for the Warriors in the 200 yard freestyle. The junior finished the race with a time of 1:53.08. Emily Baeth was just under a second behind Thorson and finished in seventh place. The two almost doubled the Warriors' team points during this race and put them in second place.
Junior Kayla Rinderknecht placed sixth in the 200 yard IM. She finished with a time of 2:09.32 and added an extra 13 points to the team's total. Lexi Horner from Johnston placed first with a time of 2:02.31.
There were not any Warriors that competed in the 50 yard freestyle race, but with the combined team score of 72 points, they held fourth place. The first place team in combined points was the Little Cyclones with 120 points.
The Warriors gained another 12 points during the 100 yard butterfly race. Kayla Rinderknecht placed seventh out of 24 with a time of 57.51. The team continued to hold fourth place, while the Little Cyclones continued to hold first.
Thorson received fifth place in the 100 yard freestyle race with a finishing time of 52.03. The Warriors were still in fourth place as a team with 98 points, still being led by the Little Cyclones (first, 167 points), the Dragons (second, 114 points) and the Bulldogs (third, 101 points).
Sophomore Baeth took sixth of 24 in the 500 yard freestyle race with a time of 5:07.32. Berit Quass of Dowling Catholic took first in this race with a final time of 4:58.50. The Warriors were able to move ahead of the Bulldogs in the combined teams scores after this race as the Bulldogs did not compete.
The ninth event was the 200 yard freestyle relay race. The relay team consisted of Thorson, Kassidy Rinderknecht, Bussanmas and Baeth, they received a final time of 1:38.52. The Warriors dropped back down to fourth place as a team with 125 points and were now two points behind the Bulldogs, but were 100 points behind Little Cyclones.
While the Little Cyclones had three girls competing (placing first, second and third) in the 100 yard backstroke, the Warriors only had one competitor. Bridges placed eighth in the race with a final time of 59.24 and receiving 11 points for the Warriors. The Warriors were able to bump ahead of the Bulldogs one last time in the combined team score, leading them by six points.
The Warriors were not able to gain any points during the 100 yard breaststroke, once again putting them back into fourth place behind the Little Cyclones, the Dragons and the Bulldgos. Two Warriors swam in this race, Olivia Crouse received a time of 1:08.13 putting her in 18th and Bussanmas finished in 19th with a final time of 1:08.31.
The final event of the State Meet was the 400 yard freestyle relay. The relay team for the Warriors was made up of Thorson, Kayla Rinderknecht, Bussanmas and Baeth. The relay team placed second with a final time of 3:31.44. The Little Cyclone relay team of Sophie Sorensen, Olivia Jenks, Morgan Rosser and Amy Feddersen finished with a time of 3:28.74.
"This was the best season we have had so far," said Coach Shelley Twigg. "We were 6-1 in dual meets and won the Johnston Invite for the first time in school history and we reached all of our regular season goals that we set early on in August."
"We had high hopes for the state meet this year and our team goal was to place 3rd overall. Although we fell a little short of that team goal, we had a lot of individual highlights from the state meet."
The Warriors finished the meet in fourth place as a team with 170 points. First place was taken by Ames with 341 points, second went to Johnston with 197 and third went to Bettendorf with 189 points.