Dowling Edges Bettendorf to Take Iowa State Boys High School Champs

FORT DODGE, Iowa. DOWLING High School of West Des Moines edged Bettendorf High 194 points to 189 to take the team crown at the Iowa State Boys High School Swimming Championships, held November 3-4 in Fort Dodge. Dowling's cross-town rival, Valley High, was third with 150.

Though only two state records fell, there was some fast swimming in Fort Dodge, with Dowling's Zach Ferguson, Valley's Jason Snider and Ames' Andrew Van Meter each coming away with two impressive individual victories.

Ferguson clocked 1:41.05 to win the 200 yard freestyle by three seconds, then came back to win the 100 free in a speedy 45.79. He finished off a very successful weekend by anchoring Dowling to a state record 3:09.56 in the 400 free relay.

Snider notched a state mark when he won the 200 IM in 1:50.84, then doubled by winning the 500 in 4:40.78, five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Van Meter flew to a 50.11 clocking in the 100 fly then returned to win the 100 back in 50.78.

Ankeny's Kiel Huston won the 100 breast in a speedy 56.82 while Bettendorf's Grant Parrish smoked the 50 free in 21.14.

Valley won both sprint relays, taking the 200 medley in 1:36.55 and the 200 free in 1:25.51.

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