The girls swim team performed well in the pool and dominated the state this season overall. Coached by gym teacher Mike Ahrens, the girls competed during the fall in swimming and diving events alike.
Bettendorf ranked second in the state overall for girls swimming and was strong throughout the season as a whole. The girls had state contending swimmers in sophomore Emily Van De Wiele, senior Megan Schade, and multiple relay teams.
The Bulldogs won the MAC this year, beating out cross town rival Pleasant Valley. PV has beaten Bettendorf in the girls swimming for the MAC title for six consecutive years before this season.
“Beating PV for the first time in years is great, and especially when we had such a great student section this year to cheer us on,” junior Sam Galvin said.
The girls were determined through the leadership of the team, with multiple swimmers cheering their teammates on each race.
At state, the Bulldogs kept the scores close throughout the meet. As the events dwindled down one by one, the girls were still fighting for that top spot and the state title. Once the water settled and the events ended, the girls were at the three spot in the standings.
Placing third at state is an impressive feat for the swim team, who had not reached that level since 2010. The last time Bettendorf brought home a state title was in 2002 when the girls went through the season winning the MAC, districts, and then state as well.
The swim team loses some key swimmers like Megan Schade, Hena Hassan, and diver Mahkenna Lee. On the bright side, young members of the team look to take on next year with the same intensity and drive as this year. Sophomores Lexi Beine and Lauren Roemer look to be strong individual event competitors next year as well as multiple divers returning in the 2017 season.
As the boys start to prepare for their season in the pool lanes, the girls wrap up a significant season in the history of Bettendorf swimming, looking forward to another year in the water.