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Linn-Mar High School - Marion, Iowa

Drake tops All-Metro swim team

Kelsey Drake of Linn-Mar has been named the Athlete of the Year on the All-Metro girls swim team.

Megan Lewis and her assistants at Washington High School were named the Coach of the Year.

Drake won gold medals in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly at the state swim meet in Marshalltown Saturday. She also helped Linn-Mar place third in the 400 freestyle relay and sixth in the 200 freestyle relay.

The All-Metro teams were based on times and points.


Lizzie Adams (Linn-Mar), Maddie Bagby (Kennedy), Paige Broghammer (Linn-Mar), Alyssa Deuso (Linn-Mar), Kelsey Drake (Linn-Mar), Logan Eckhardt (Washington), Taylor Golden (Kennedy), Lauren Havertape (Washington), Sam Jacobsen (Kennedy), Jenn Jenks (Linn-Mar), Stephanie Jenks (Linn-Mar), Mikaela Lengwin (Linn-Mar), Mackinzee Macho (Kennedy), Emily Nelson (Washington), Kirsten Siebenga (Kennedy), Brooke Timmerman (Kennedy), Jessica Williams (Kennedy).


Sarah Gannon (Kennedy), Jayden Lovell (Kennedy), Darby Manternach (Kennedy), Kaitlyn Nemickas (Washington), Caitlin Sievers (Washington), Carolyn Simon (Kennedy), Delaney Thoma (Washington), Lydia Yang (Kennedy).


Linn-Mar: Grace Ahlers, Emma Behrens, Elizabeth Cavanah, Hannah Gardner, Hailey Harms, Georgia Sanderson, Kelly Wingerson
Washington: Morgan Chambers, Lucy Ernst, Alyssa Harris, Jenny Hughes
Kennedy: Courtney Fisher, Raquel Green, Kennedy Smith
Jefferson: Josie Thompson, Emily Wallace





Derlein rescued Jenks at state swim

There was a remarkable piece of coaching at the girls state swimming meet Saturday in Marshalltown and a remarkable performance by a young high school athlete.

Maybe you know the story by now, but it bears repeating.

Linn-Mar sophomore Jenn Jenks was all set to compete in the 200-yard  freestyle when Shawn Thomsen, one of the meet officials who is also the boys swimming coach at Kennedy, walked over just before the race and told Jenks her swimsuit was in violation of IGHSAU rules because it had two visible company logos on it instead of only one.

Jenks was told she was disqualified from swimming in that event and had no choice but to walk away. However, another meet official said she could swim if they'd black out the second logo so it could not be seen.

The folks at the IGHSAU do not want their athletes walking around like billboards and Thomsen was only doing his job when he detected the violation and informed Jenks of the rule.



5 Linn-Mar athletes ready to sign

Five athletes from Linn-Mar High School plan to sign their national letter-of-intent Wednesday to play sports in college next year.

Calvin Greve will swim at the University of Minnesota, Alexis Kelsey will play softball at Northwest Missouri State, Lauren Mercil will play soccer at Clarke College, Olivia Montague will play basketball at Wisconsin-Parkside University and Sarah Renner will play volleyball at Georgia State University.

The signing ceremony will be held Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in the Media Center at Linn-Mar.


Drake claims 2 gold medals at state swim

MARSHALLTOWN - Linn-Mar sophomore Kelsey Drake came home from the state swimming meet Saturday with two gold medals and one slightly embarrassing confession.

The embarrassing moment came a few minutes after Drake captured the 200 individual medley by a scant 5-hundredths of a second in an exhausting race.

She left the pool deck and spilled her guts, to put it as delicately as possible.

"I was dehydrated after my 200 IM," Drake explained. "I didn't feel good. I had a headache and I kind of threw up a little bit. It was stressful."

Fortunately, Drake managed to leave the pool deck before the unfortunate episode.

"It wasn't in the pool," she said with a relieved smile. "Thank God."

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 November 2014 20:48



Deuso, Lengwin place 7th-8th in diving

MARSHALLTOWN - Alyssa Deuso and Mikaela Lengwin of Linn-Mar finished seventh and eighth at the state diving meet at the Marshalltown YMCA Friday night.

Jacintha Thomas of Iowa City West won the championship with 561.10 points.

Deuso finished seventh with 448.10 points. Lengwin placed right behind her teammate with 444.15 points.

Carolyn Simon of Kennedy finished 16th with 387.30 points. Jayden Lovell of Kennedy placed 17th with 278.45 points.

Georgia Sanderson of Linn-Mar was 21st, Courtney Fisher of Kennedy 22nd and Amara Taylor of Washington 30th.

The state swim meet will be held in Marshalltown Saturday.

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