Up until this weekend high school sports were on hold at Des Moines Public Schools as the district transitioned to more in-person classes. But, with hybrid learning currently scheduled to begin this coming week, sports and activities were able to resume this weekend.

First up: girls’ swimming.

When the season came to an end in early September, many Des Moines high school swimmers continued to practice and be ready for a hoped-for return to competition. Several took part in the Marlin’s program at the downtown YMCA, holding time trials to stay sharp and ready to race.

On Saturday, the DMPS girls’ swim teams headed off to regionals to determine who gets a chance to compete at the State meet. Hoover, North and Roosevelt headed to West Des Moines Valley while East and Lincoln were off to Southeast Polk. It was their first high school competition in two months.

The Roosevelt Roughriders will be sending a squad to this weekend’s State meet. They qualified in the following six events:

  • Cecile Lorenzen – 100 Yard Backstroke
  • Cecile Lorenzen – 200 Yard Freestyle
  • Lydia Johnston – 200 Yard IM
  • Lydia Johnston – 500 Yard Freestyle
  • Kallie Von der Linde – 500 Yard Freestyle
  • 200 Yard Medley Relay
  • 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

In addition, two Lincoln Rails – who are part of a combined swim team with Norwalk – also qualified for the State meet:

  • Aubrey Douds – 50 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Freestyle, Medley relay, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
  • Anika Snow – 50 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

Congratulations to all of the swimmers and coaches for making the best of a season interrupted.

For more information on the State Swimming & Diving Meet, visit the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union web site.

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