Berit Quass Breaks Pair of Records, Ames Repeats at Iowa Girls State Championships

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The 2018 Iowa Girls Swimming & Diving State Championships took place on Nov. 3 at the Marshalltown YMCA. Ames High School earned their fourth-straight team title with 372 points.

Dowling Catholic junior Berit Quass set new Iowa State marks in the 100 fly and 500 free and was a member of the record-setting 4×50 medley relay.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Ames – 372
2. Dowling Catholic – 319
3. Bettendorf – 194
4. Ankeny – 185
5. Cedar Falls – 153

Dowling Catholic’s Katie Broderick, Mary Martin, Quass and Mary Sweetman started the meet with a bang, setting a new Iowa State record in the 4×50 medley relay with a time of 1:42.00. Ames took second in 1:44.31 and third place went to Iowa City in 1:46.52.

Dowling Catholic’s Clare Culver won a close 200 free battle, getting her hand to the wall first in 1:48.68 to defend her title. Ames’ Amy Feddersen was also under the 1:50 mark, taking a close second in 1:48.82 as Iowa City West’s Aurora Roghair finished third in 1:50.13.

Martin gave Dowling Catholic their third win of the dat in the 200 IM, using a strong back half to take the 200 IM victory in 2:02.96. Bettendorf’s Arianna Ottavia was second in 2:03.16 and Iowa City West’s Scarlet Martin was third in 2:03.33.

Ankeny’s Jasmine Rumley took the top spot in the 50 free for the second-consecutive year, splashing and dashing her way home in 22.64 as the only swimmer under the 23-second barrier. Second place went to Broderick in 23.55 and Anna Pfeiffer swam a time of 23.89 for third place.

Quass came out on top of a very close 100 fly race, stopping the clock in 54.16 for the State honors only hundredths ahead of Martin’s 54.61. WDM Valley’s Reilly Shaner was third in 56.23. Quass’ 53.67 during prelims broke her own Iowa State record she set last year.

Quass continued her winning ways in the 500 free, posting a time of 4:50.96 during finals for the victory to successfully defend her title. Roghair was second in 4:53.20 and Ames’ Brinley Horras was third in 4:554.82. Quass also set a new State record during prelims with a quick 4:48.88.

Fedderson earned the gold in the 100 free as the first of a pair of swimmers to break 50 seconds, taking the race in 49.75. 50 free champ Rumely grabbed the silver in a close 49.77 and the bronze went to Ankeny’s Erin Doruska in 50.91.

Ames’ Feddersen, Meghan Donald, Molly Winer and Horras combined to win the 4×50 free relay in State record-setting fashion of 1:33.50. Bettendorf posted a time of 1:35.42 for second and Ankeny’s relay squad finished in 1:35.77 for third.

Not too long after, Winer claimed the individual crown in the 100 breast after touching the wall in 1:02.17. M. Martin was about three-tenths back in 1:02.42 for second as Iowa City’s Olivia Masterson swam a 1:03.26 for third.

Broderick led the way in an extremely close 100 back race, getting her hand to the wall the quickest in 55.77. Cedar Falls’ Grace Frericks was right behind in 55.87 as the runner-up followed closely by third-place finisher Annie Galvin (55.92) of Ames.

Ames’ Jayna Mirsa dove to the top spot in the 1-meter diving for the second-straight season, posting a final score of 555.35 for the win. CR Washington’s Ayla Taylor (476.75) and Ames’ Jocelyn Buss (454.95) finished second and third, respectively.  

Ames secured their championship team title as Galvin, Horras, Gracie Wesselmann and Feddersen concluded the meet with a 4×100 free relay victory in 3:25.55. Dowling Catholic was second in 3:26.04 and Iowa City West took third in 3:30.13.

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