The Decorah-based Northeastern Swim Team held its second home meet of the season, the NST Nordic Invite, on Saturday

Posted: Thu, Feb 8, 2018 10:39 AM
NST Swimmers with Olympic Gold Medalist Breeja Larson

The Decorah-based Northeastern Swim Team held its second home meet of the season, the NST Nordic Invite, on Saturday.

"This was the largest meet NST has hosted so far," said Head NST Coach Eric Crawford. "We had representation from all over the state of Iowa as well as a team from Minnesota. Our team had a lot of fun and swam really fast as we prepare for the championship season."

During the meet, NST swimmers had achieved three state qualifying times (Q-times). Jaylee Vobr (9) achieved a new Q-time in the girls 10 & under 100 back with a time of 1:24.32. Erica Ollendick (10) achieved a new Q-time in the girls 10 & under 500 (6:58.82) and Maxwell Maitland (12) achieved a new Q-time in the boys 11-12 100 breaststroke (1:22.42). Vobr's Q-time in the 10 & under back was the Northeastern Swim Team's 600th Q-time ever.

Then on Sunday NST hosted a clinic with Olympic Gold Medalist Breeja Larson. Larson won gold as part of the 4x 100 Medley relay at the 2012 Olympic Games. She still holds the world records in the 100-yard (57.43) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:04.48) and is currently training for the 2020 Summer Olympics.  Larson gave a motivational speech to the NST swimmers before coaching the swimmers in the water.

The Northeastern Swim Team heads to Marion this weekend to compete in the State Silver Championship as well as the 8 & Under State Championship meet.