Water Sharks overcome obstacles as they open the season
MUSCATINE — The Washington Community Y Water Shark swim team’s season began with a bit of a rocky start.
New swimmers to the team were set to begin practice on Oct. 25, and return swimmers were to start practice on Nov. 1, but the Washington Community Y’s pool was out of service due to a cracked drainpipe that needed repair. The team’s 76 swimmers — a number that’s up by 11 from last year — were forced to start the season with dry land practices at the Y while awaiting the repair of the pool. The team also bused to the Mt. Pleasant Rec Center twice to practice. Finally, Washington’s swimmers were able to get back into its home pool on Nov. 26. The team is currently trying to catch back up, as it is four weeks behind in its training.
Washington swam in a meet at Muscatine on Nov. 17, over a week before it actually practiced in its home pool. The Water Sharks swam against teams from Muscatine, Scott County and Ottumwa at the meet.
Emily Adam won three individual races at the meet, and she was also a member of two winning relays. Adam won the 100 free (1:03.23) and the 100 breaststroke (1:24.33) in the girls’ 15-21 age group, and she won the 200 individual medley (2:40.62) in the girls’ 12-21 age group. She also took second place in the girls’ 12-21 500 free, touching the wall in 7:11.86. Adam anchored Washington’s 15-21 200 free relay team, which also included Alexis Rodgers, Sarah Miles and Lyndsay Adrian, to a first-place finish in 2:01.69, and she was a member of Washington’s 15-21 200 medley relay team, which also included Alexis Read, Adrian and Megan Adam, that won in 2:10.98.
Adam’s younger sister, Megan, won a pair of races in the 13-14 age group, taking first place in the 50 free in 28.66 seconds and the 100 free in 1:06.14. She finished second to Emily in the girls’ 12-21 individual medley in 2:52.76, and she anchored Washington’s 13-14 200 free relay team, which also included Avery Blauvelt, Baylee Stalder and Read, to a first-place finish in 2:17.14.
Rodgers finished second to Megan Adam in both the 50 free (30.09) and the 100 free (1:07.63). She also helped Washington’s 13-14 200 medley relay team, which also included Stalder, Megan Arps and Miles, to a first-place finish in 2:34.46.
Read won both the 100 back (1:15.10) and the 100 breaststroke (1:25.76) in the 13-14 age group, and she finished third behind Megan Adam and Rodgers in the 100 free (1:08.21). She was also a member of two winning relay teams. Miles took second behind Read in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:30.91, and Arps finished third in 1:35.36.
Adrian won the girls’ 12-21 500 free in 7:05.82, and she also won the 15-21 50 free in 28.80 seconds. She finished second to Emily Adam in the 100 free (1:05.77) and she was a member of two winning relay teams.
For the Water Shark boys, Noah Bruns and Ben Berhow finished first and second, respectively, in three different races in the 13-14 age group. Bruns won the 50 free in 27.84 seconds, and Berhow was second in 28.59 seconds. Bruns took first place in the 100 free in 1:05.26, and Berhow finished second in 1:08.36. Bruns won the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.42, and Berhow took second in 1:30.66. Teammate Victor Miller was right behind Berhow, finishing third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:30.78. Bruns and Berhow, along with Nicholas Todd and Jacob Miles, were members of Washington’s 15-21 200 medley relay team that won in 2:17.28.
Todd won the 100 breaststroke in the 15-21 age group in 1:28.04, and he finished third in the 100 free in 1:08.82. He was also a member of Washington’s 15-21 200 free relay team, which also included Owen Horak, Miller and Miles, that won in 2:08.48.
Miles took second place behind Todd in the 100 breaststroke (1:37.34), and he finished third in the 50 free (29.15).