New coach, same determination; Viking swimmers have strong numbers for 2013
Thursday, September 05, 2013 4:08 AM
The pool will be full this fall for the Decorah girls swim team.
Returning letter winners for the Vikings are, from left, front row - Becca Haars, Annika Wahlberg, Ali Voigt, Monica Tappe, Corrina Voigt, Michelle Halse, Abby Huhe. Second row - Hannah Klotzbach, Ruth Vermace, Katelyn Yee, Hanna Beierle, Gabrielle Johnston. Third row - Arianna Knutson, Teressa Lundtvedt, Emyleigh Opat. Back row - Jen Jenkins, Annalise Johnson, Gabrielle Cowie, Alyssa Collins, Taylor Martinek, Lydia Melaas. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
With nearly 40 swimmers out for the team, the Vikings will have lots of people jumping off the blocks.
New this season are the head coach and home pool. Former swimmer Kyrie Jorgenson takes over the Decorah program from Stephanie Drewes. Jorgenson is a 2007 graduate of Decorah High School and 2011 grad of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. During her time with the Vikes she was a part of four conference championship teams, a state qualifier three times and was a former school record holder in the 50-meter freestyle. Jorgenson will get to lead her team from the new Luther College Aquatic Center.
Power in the pool
The 2012 team was full of new stars. The team gelled all season, peaking at the right moment. At the North Central Conference meet, the Vikes put together a stellar performance, taking second with 413.5 points. The best overall finish came from sophomore Taylor Martinek, taking the silver in the 100-yard backstroke.
Three events qualified from the regional meet to head to state. Martinek took second in the 100-backstroke while the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle qualified based on time. Overall the Vikes took sixth at regionals.
The season ended on a high note in Marshalltown at the state swim meet. Martinek, in her second year competing on the big stage, finished 15th overall in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.28. The 200 free relay of Monica Tappe, Martinek, Kathryn Appler and Katelyn Yee finished 19th in 1:43.57. The 400 free relay of Jennison Jenkins, Yee, Martinek and Appler finished 24th in 3:54.90.
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