By: The Messenger
The Iowa Central men's and women's swim teams opened their season in dominating fashion here on Friday, sweeping through double duals against Iowa Lakes and Barton Community College.
The Triton men dropped the Lakers, 123-69, and Barton, 122-71. The women defeated the same squads, 105-67 and 133-15, respectively.
Former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Mitchell Emery won the 100 butterfly in 52.07, and also teamed with Noah Dalton, Alfonso Flores and Atticus Jurgensen to take gold in the 200 medley relay (1:41.51).
Karter Shimon captured the 1,000 (10:56.37), while Lasse Jorgensen earned the 100 freestyle crown (49.32). Dalton also prevailed in the 200 individual medley (2:03.03).
On the women's side, Jana Burner was a double winner in the 50 freestyle (25.66) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.27). Burner was also on the winning 200 medley relay (1:56.15) with Amanda Ward, Lexi Quigley and Sandra Alonso.
Alonso took the 100 freestyle (56.33), and Ward won the 100 backstroke (1:03.97). The 200 freestyle relay quartet of Grace Nordquist, Kailie Valentine, Jordyn DuBois and Ashley Wille was the other Triton champ in 1:51.56.
"This is probably going to be kind of a rebuilding year for us (given who Iowa Central lost from a year ago), but both of our teams swam very well," Triton head coach Joe Plane said. "There were no team records (on Friday), but if you compare times to this point last season, the girls were quite a bit faster and the boys really did a nice job despite being almost all (freshmen).
"We're going to keep working hard and getting faster. This was a good place to start."
Iowa Central returns to action on Sept. 21 in Brookings, S.D.