Trojan-Bolts sink the Little Hawks

The West and Liberty high swim team took down their cross-town rival, the Little Hawks, on September 27th.

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Zoe Smith

The Little Hawks and Trojan-Bolts dive into the pool to start a race in the dual meet on September 27, 2022.

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor

Byron Butler’s girls’ swim team was back again at the Coralville Recreation Center for another dual meet victory. All sides of Iowa City were represented with Liberty High School being combined with West High for swimming. On the other side of the pool deck was their cross-town rival, City High.
Even after many important swimmers graduated, the Trojan-Bolts are still looking to continue their tradition of excellence in swimming with their 21-1 record this season, only coming in 2nd place at the Little Hawk invite, as Waukee high school took home first place there.
But that loss did not stop this team, they came out stronger than ever on Tuesday racking up 131 points total, compared to the Little Hawks’ 51 points.
The stars of the night were Liberty junior Kolby Reese, Liberty senior Makala Hajek and West senior Jade Roghair, who all gained 2 first-place finishes. Reese secured a win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25:64. As well as the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.93. Hajek won both the 100-yard Breastroke with a time of 1:14.40 and the 100-yard Butterfly with a time of 1:02.11, just 00.03 seconds in front of West high’s Karen Liu ’24.
Powerhouse Jade Roghair won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53:55, almost 4 seconds in front of second place. She also obtained the win in the 200-yard individual medley, with a time of 2:12.38, coming in first with ease, over 5 seconds ahead of the second place time.
West had a lot more victories to come. Liu ’24 placed first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:40.90. West High also won all 3 relays, the 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley. Proving that the Trojan-Bolts are untouchable when it comes to swimming in Iowa City.
The 1-meter dive was also won by Liberty sophomore Kamila Swanson, with a score of 233.70. Aimee Varga ’24 from West came in third with a score of 210.20.
There was no stopping the Trojan-Bolts last night and there will be no stopping them on their road to the state tournament in Marshalltown on November 11th.
For now, you can catch them competing again at Kennedy High School on October 4th.