Decorah Viking girls swim team has a top 20 finish at the State Swim Meet

Posted: Sun, Nov 10, 2019 7:59 PM
Emma Bachelder gets a hug after one of her events

All season long the Decorah High School girls swimming and diving team has been competing against swimmers and divers from bigger high schools.  So the prospect of going up against the state's best swimmers over the weekend at the State Meet in Marshalltown didn't phase the Vikings, who ended their season on a strong note, finishing 19th with 30 points.

Decorah's first event came in the 200 Yard Medley and even though sophomore Emily Voyna, junior Mia Smedrud and first-year students Julia Alberts and Paige Werner didn't score any points, they finished in a respectable time of 1:57.60--good for 25th out of all medley relay teams.

Senior Emma Bachelder swam in the next event--the 200 yard freestyle--and earned a place on the medal stand with a 6th place finish and a time of 1:54.16.  That gave Decorah 13 points.

Bachelder would swim again as part of the 200 yard freestyle relay six events later.  Bachelder, freshman Maeley Nefzger, sophomore Emily Voyna and freshman Paige Werner finished in 1:41.09--good for 14th place and 6 more points.

Two events later Bachelder swam in the 100 yard breaststroke and finished in 1:06.53, good for 9th place and 9 more points for Decorah.

The final two points of the State Meet came in the final event--the 400 yard freestyle relay, where Bachelder, Alberts, Voyna and Werner finished in 3:41.41, which was good for 16th place.

"The girls finished the season strong!" said head coach Allie Bachelder afterward, adding, "I couldn't be more proud of how they swam at State!"

As they had all season long, the Vikings earned more points than several Class 4A teams--even at the State Meet.  Decorah had a better score than Fort Dodge, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Des Moines Roosevelt, West Des Moines Valley, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Mason City, Cedar Rapids Washington and the host high school, Marshalltown.

Relay team members hold hands while walking
(Photos courtesy of Allie Bachelder)