Trojan Bolts continue win streak against City

West and Liberty swim team beat crosstown rival City High 120-66 on Sept. 24 at the Mercer Aquatic Center.


Kara Wagenknecht

Lily Ernst ’20 swims down the lane on Sept. 10, 2018.

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

Many girls on the West, Liberty and City swimming teams swim for the Iowa Flyers Swim Club and are usually seen under the same cap. However, the rivalry remained heated as some club teammates faced each other as opponents last night in the West vs. City dual meet last night.

The swim team carried on their streak of defeating City in a dual meet for the past 11 years. The Trojan Bolts defeated the Little Hawks 120-66 on Sept. 23 at the Mercer Aquatic Center.

The combined swim team of West and Liberty are off to another strong start of their season. Along with marking an undefeated dual meet season last year, there is potential seen in this year’s team to extend their undefeated regular-season stretch.

Scarlet Martin ’22 had a very accomplished meet with two school records which were also state qualifying times in the 50 freestyle (24.16) and the 100 backstroke (56.94).

Hailey Noel ’23 swam both distance and sprinting events, placing fifth in the 50 free (26.98) and second in the 500 free with a time of 5:28.73.

The strong relay team formed of Ella Hochstetler ’22, Olivia Taeger  ’22, Aurora Roghair ’21 and Martin won both of their relays in the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.97) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:38.43). The 400 freestyle relay was a close race but Martin widened the gap during City High’s second leg to finish in first place.

The Trojan Bolt divers swept the diving competition with Austyn Goodale ’20, Sam Klein ’22 and Ainsley Young ’23 placing first through third.

The swim team is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Invitational.