INDIANOLA, Iowa - The Simpson women won 10 events on their way to a dominant 165-24 win over Iowa Lakes Community College on senior day at the Indianola YMCA.
The Storm, who improved to 2-4 in head-to-head competition on Saturday, won six events by default, taking advantage of a short-handed Iowa Lakes squad.
"Right now we are not seeing so much improvement time-wise, but I think spending that five days together down in Texas really brought us together as a team," head coach Tom Caccia said after the meet. "I saw them coming through and they came together as a team today."
Gerdis won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:13.84 and would later win the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall ahead of two of her teammates in 6:03.42.
Carlson started off the day by sprinting to the finish first in the 50-yard freestyle in just 27:80, besting two of her teammates. She later clipped three Storm swimmers in the 100-yard backstroke and Tasia Thompson of Iowa Lakes, earning first with a time of 1:07.36.
Simpson was the outright winner in both the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle relay, with its only other individual first-place finish over Iowa Lakes coming from Alex Vander Veen in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:11.24
The Iowa Lakes women managed to win only one event which came in the 100-yard freestyle from Adele Rova in 57:52.
Women's diving consisted of only one event and one diver as Iowa Lakes didn't compete in the women's 1-meter dive. Naomi Olsgaard won by default with a score of 154.55
Two seniors in Tori Haag and Marissa Stepleton were honored for their careers at Simpson during the meet on Saturday. Stepleton was a four-year letterwinner while Haag lettered two years, earning school records in that time.
"These [the seniors] are the ones that I've said all along that were going to change a culture of swimming and diving here at Simpson," Caccia said. "This group is a part of that class that I believe established that legacy of hard work, team and commitment
The swimming and dive team heads to Grinnell for the second time this year when it goes to the Grinnell Invitational from Jan. 22-23.