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The Stormin' Vikes continue to push towards their goal of the most successful season in team history. Saturday they traveled to Waterloo coming away with a solid second-place finish in the annual Tro-Hawk -Invitational. Decorah once again proved too deep and talented to overcome, but the team did manage to finish ahead of Spencer, host Waterloo, Newton and Keokuk in duplicating last years' second-place finish at this meet.

We took advantage of this meet to allow some guys to swim some events they don't normally get to swim. So we ended up with only a single event winner with Carter Kirtz capturing first in the 100 butterfly. Carter also finished 3rdin the 200 Free while setting a new school record with a time of 1:53.71, bettering the previous mark - our oldest standing record - of 1:54.09 - set by Michael Dake in 1987.

Other top finishes on the day included Ian Allsup and Bradyn Schlief in the 100 Free and 50 Free respectively. Third place finished included Allsup in the 100 Back and brothers Wesley (500 Free) and Broden Farrell (100 Breast). The team also registered 28 new personal best times led by four from Sophomore Brayden Beck and three each from Sophomores Wesley Farrell and Hunter Kempton.

There are a couple more weeks of hard practicing before the team begins to taper for Districts and State. Right now the guys are just focused on working hard and trying to stay healthy, with a lot of different viruses floating around the area.

The team's next meet is Tuesday night at Grinnell followed by Saturday for an invitational in Fort Dodge. The last chance to see the Stormin' Vikes in person in Vinton will be Tuesday, January 18thfor senior night when we face WaMaC rival Williamsburg. The meet will be at 4:30 at the Braille School pool.


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