Decorah Viking girls swim team wins the North Centeral Conference Championships

Posted: Mon, Oct 19, 2020 11:31 AM

It has been a goal of the Decorah Viking girls swimming and diving team to win the North Central Conference Championship this year--and on Saturday, they accomplished that goal.

The Vikings finished in first with 443 points, edging second place Boone, which had 393 points.  Vinton-Shellsburg-Urbana was third with 233 points, followed by Williamsburg with 157 points, Grinnel with 76 points and Oskaloosa with 38 points.

The Vikings crowned four individual champions.  Julia Alberts won the 200 Freestyle with a time of 2:01.18; Margaret Rhodes won the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:21.84; Emily Voyna took the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.58; and Katerina Kovarik won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:38.08.

There were second place finishes as well.  Grace Bachelder finished behind Julia Alberts, taking second place with a time of 2:08.22.Emily Voyna finished second in the 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 25.90 seconds.  Margaret Rhodes took second place behind Emily Voyna in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.95.  Jul;ia Alberts finished second with a time of 55.77 seconds in the 100 yard freestyle.  Grace Bachelder was second in the 500 yard freestyle, behind Katerina Kovarik, with a time of 5:50.89,

Decorah scored points in both the 200 yard freestyle relay and in the 400 yard freestyle relay.  In the 200, the Vikings took first place with a time of 1:44.97, while in the 400, the Vikings finished second with a time of 3:53.48.

In diving, Decorah's Brinley Krivachek finished second with a score of 380.15 and earned 13 points.

Head Coach Allie Bachelder said after the meet, "The girls came into the meet determined to come home the conference champion.  Boone was favored over Decorah to win by 90 points in Quikstats.  The girls rose to the occasion and raced every race to their fullest potential.  I saw so much determination in this team through the entire meet.  We were able to switch a few people around to maximize our points and came out on top.  I couldn't be more proud of our group of girls."