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Three seniors going to last state swim meet

Water Sharks swim team
Mar 02, 2018
This weekend, 31 Water Sharks from the YMCA of Washington County swim team will compete in the state swim meet to be held in Marshalltown. The group had a pasta dinner Thursday evening to celebrate the swimmers’ victory in achieving the honor of going to the state meet.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Anyone qualifying for an event where the best competitors from around the state are there is a feat. For three seniors on the Washington Water Sharks, it means more than that.

While seniors T.J. Durst, Ben Berhow and Allison Vogel have been to state meets before, they are representing the team at the state level for the final time this weekend.

“I hope to do pretty well,” Berhow said. “I would like to win them all really.”

Berhow is competing in the 100-yard breast stroke event, the 100-yard freestyle; the 50-yard freestyle; and the relay meet. He said five events are the most any one swimmer can qualify for. He is first seed in the 100-yard breast stroke event and 50-yard event and is seeded third in the 100-yard freestyle event.

He began swimming when he was 6-years old at the Washington Community Y and has been competing since he was 10 years old. He has gone to state every year he has been competing. Last year, he won the 100-yard breast stroke event.

Vogel has qualified for the medley relay, which she swims butterfly in; the 50-yard freestyle; and the freestyle relay. This is her ninth year going to state.

“Every year is pretty fun,” she said. “It is a great experience. It is a great atmosphere. It is my favorite meet of the year.”

Durst will compete in the 100-yard butterfly event, the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. He said that he has competed at state for about 11-years.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “There are so many kids from all over and you get to talk to them. There are kids you see all the time at meets and there are kids you have never seen before. The competition is more difficult. There are a lot more events and a lot more people there.”

On Feb. 10, the Water Sharks participated in a state-qualifying swim meet in Waukee.

The swimmers were required to beat a set time to qualify for the match.

The 31 Water Shark swimmers will take to the water in Marshalltown at the Linda Bloom Natatorium this weekend.

The boys will swim on Saturday and the girls will swim on Sunday.

Swimmers going to state this year include: Ben Berhow; Hadley Boshart; Gabe Bruns; Durst; Ryan Hinson; Aliza Hoyle; Caleb Hoyle; Tyson Huber; Kaden Huber; Michael Kimball; Lucas Kitchen;

Noah Kleese; Reece Mayer; Makenzie Messer; Zachariah Parsons; Teage Pepper; Carmen Sieren; Charlotte Sieren; Colton Slaubaugh; Chloe Staley; Allison Vogel; Brennen Westphal;

Logan Westphal; Audrey Wubbena; Quinn Wubbena; Owen Wulf; Eli Wulf; Hannah Dennis; Teague Mayer; Riley Yoder; and Kyleigh Dolan.

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