The Waukee Warriors’ girls swim team held a meet against the Johnston Dragons on Thursday, Sept. 7.
“Tonight was a very exciting deal to compete against Johnston,” said coach Shelley Twigg, “they got third at state last year and it’s our first competitive meet this season. The girls swam really, really well. Some of the girls swam different races that we haven’t seen all year and they swam fast, so we’re excited about that.”
The first race of the meet was the 200 yard medley relay. The Warriors’ relay team consisting of Alex Thorson, Kassidy Rinderknecht, Layne Collum and Kayla Rinderknecht placed first. The four swam the race in 1:53.35.
The Warriors also placed third and fourth with their other two relay teams.
In the 200 yard free, Anna Hamling placed first out of the six swimmers with her time of 2:00.13. Kendall Gillipsie placed third and Inaya Karajica placed fifth.
In the 200 yard IM, the Warriors placed second, third and fourth. Thorson led in second place with a time of 2:14.76, Elle Kramer was in third with 2:19.90 and Maddi Kemp followed in fourth with her time of 2:24.42.
With a time of 25.40 seconds, Hamling placed first for the Warriors in the 50 yard free. Kassidy Rinderknecht finished in third and Delfina Mihura placed fifth.
In the 100 yard butterfly, Collum led the Warriors in third place. Collum swam a time of 1:04.97.
Kayla Rinderknecht finished on top for the Warriors in the 100 yard free. She swan the race in 54.23 seconds. Kemp finished the race in fourth place with a time of 59.87 seconds and Emma Fulton was in fifth place with a time of 1:00.29.
Gillipsie was the leading Warrior in the 500 yard free. Gillipsie finished the race in second place with her time of 5:35.58. Kramer followed Gillipsie in third place with a time of 5:37.71 and Aditi Vaidya ended the race with a time of 5:50.55.
The relay team of Kassidy Rinderknecht, Hamling, Kramer and Thorson placed first in the 200 yard free relay race. The four Warriors finished the race with a time of 1:43.97. The other two Warriors relay team placed second (1:48.72) and fourth (1:51.38).
In the 100 yard backstroke, Kayla Rinderknecht placed first. The Warrior finished the race with a time of 1:00.11. Belle Brittain placed fourth in the race and Collum finished in fifth.
Bailey Marquardt was the leading swimmer for the Warriors in the 100 yard breaststroke. Marquardt placed second with her time of 1:14.60. Sophia Hueser swam the race in 1:15.41 for fourth place and Mihura placed fifth with a time of 1:15.81.
Kramer, Collum, Kayla Rinderknecht and Thorson made up the Warriors leading 400 yard relay team. The four finished the race with a time of 3:43.58 for first place. The Warriors relay teams also placed third and fifth.
“Our relays did really well tonight,” Twigg said, “we had a really strong 200 medley relay, a strong 200 free and 400 free relay, all of them did well so we’re excited. We have a young team this year, so lots of the freshmen are swimming in very crucial spots for us and stepping up to the plate and doing well.”
Taylor Anderson, Kylie Luksetich and Mia Monaco were the three divers for the Warriors. Anderson finished in first place with her score of 204 points. Luksetich finished the event with 149.15 points for fifth place and Monaco placed sixth with 141.80 points.
“We have a brand new diver, Taylor Anderson, who has never dove before and she’s doing really, really well, she’s scoring points for our team. She was a level 10 gymnast and she’s never dove before and she came out this year and she’s doing really well for us.”
The Warriors next meet is on Tuesday, Sept. 12 against Ankeny at the DMACC Trail Point Aquatics Center. The meet will begin at 5:30 p.m.