Women's swimming overpowers Iowa Lakes in home dual

Women's swimming overpowers Iowa Lakes in home dual

INDIANOLA, Iowa — The Simpson women's swimming seniors made a statement for their last career home meet, defeating Iowa Lakes Community College 151-37 on Saturday.

"We tried a few swimmers in some new events," head coach Tom Caccia said. "The meet posed some opportunities for us to switch the line-up a little bit and I was pleasantly surprised with our results."

Seniors Alex Vander Veen and Haley Blum swam one last time in front of a home crowd for the Storm.

Senior Haley Blum won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.78. Blum teamed up with the other women's senior, Alex Vander Veen, Maren Hoferitza-Palermo and Cassie Bergman and won the 200 medley relay in 2:03.41. The 200 freestyle relay team of Brenna Yeutsy, Hoferitza-Palermo, Wiederholt and Bergman won in 1:52.40.

Maren Hoferitza-Palermo and Cheyenne Wiederholt each won all of their events. Wiederholt won the 200 individual medley for a career-best time of 2:27.90 and the 100 butterfly for the second-best time in school history with 1:04.85.

Angela Eppens added a win for the Storm in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 13:24.79. Yeutsy won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:40.83. Naomi Olsgaard won 1-meter diving with a score of 123.35.

With the win, the Storm extended their school record for wins in a season, improving their total to seven. The last dual competiton of the season, the Storm will close with a 7-3 record, the best since the program launched in 1997-98.

"We're looking forward to our last two meets," Caccia said. "I think we will do very well and everyone can feel the energy building throughout the team."

The Storm will compete in the two-day Grinnell Invitational on January 20 and 21. The meet begins Friday morning at 9 a.m.

100 freestyle—2. Cassie Bergman, 1:00.33
500 freestyle—1. Brenna Yeutsy, 5:40.83
1000 freestyle—1. Angela Eppens, 13:24.79
100 backstroke—1. Maren Hoferitza-Palermo, 1:07.70, 2. Megan Buitendorp, 1:08.13 (season best)
100 breaststroke—1. Haley Blum, 1:13.78
100 butterfly—1. Cheyenne Wiederholt, 1:04.85 (#2 in school history)
200 IM—1. Cheyenne Wiederholt, 2:27.90 (career best)
200 medley relay—1. Hoferitza-Palermo, Blum, Vander Veen, Bergman, 2:03.41
200 freestyle relay—1. Yeutsy, Hoferitza-Palermo, Wiederholt, Bergman, 1:52.40
1-mtr diving—1. Naomi Olsgaard, 123.35 (season best)