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The holiday break hit at the right time for the Vinton-Shellsburg/CPU Stormin' Vikes swim team. Battling illness and injury the team limped to the break where it was able to get guys healthy and put in a lot of good work. That work appears to be paying off as the team - following a strong effort against an outstanding Decorah team - traveled to Waterloo Saturday and turned in their best meet of the year. The Waterloo invitational also included hosts Waterloo, Decorah, Newton, Spencer, and Keokuk. Despite a couple of lingering injuries, the team captured second place narrowly edging out Newton and falling again to Decorah.

On the day, the team's sole event winner was Senior Ian Vrba in the 100 breast. But there were numerous podium appearances and medals to include all three A relays finishing 2nd or 3rd, Ian Allsup 2nd in the 200 Free and 3rd in the 100 Free, first-year swimmer James DeSmet with a 4th in the 50 Free, and Wesley Farrell and Aleric Weber 3rd and 4th in the 100 Back.

It was a great team effort with 12 different swimmers scoring team points and 35 new personal best times. Three swimmers - James DeSmet, freshman Trey Dooley and Sophomore Jacob Dreier turned four new personal best times each, one for each one of their swims.

For the second meet in a row, senior Ian Allsup took down a school record. Tuesday night he captured the 160 Individual Medley at home and Saturday in Waterloo he broke Carter Kitz's 200 Freestyle record.

This week the Stormin Vikes will be at home twice as they face Grinnell Tuesday and Williamsburg for senior night on Thursday. Both meets are at 4:30 PM.


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