Members of the Decorah swim team who advanced to state are, front row, from left - Taylor Martinek, Nicole Prestemon, Gabrielle Cowie. Second row - Jennison Jenkins. Back row - Katelyn Yee, Kathryn Appler, Monica Tappe. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Members of the Decorah swim team who advanced to state are, front row, from left - Taylor Martinek, Nicole Prestemon, Gabrielle Cowie. Second row - Jennison Jenkins. Back row - Katelyn Yee, Kathryn Appler, Monica Tappe. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)

The Decorah girls swim team finished the season with a bang Saturday in Marshalltown at the state swim meet.

The team sent three events to state.

For the third year in a row, Ames won the team title with 274 points. Pleasant Valley was second with 224 points.



Martinek does well

Taylor Martinek, a sophomore at Crestwood who swims for the Vikes, scored the only points of the afternoon. Competing in the 100-yard backstroke, which was her second event in a row, Martinek put together a strong race, finishing 15th overall in 1:01.28. She swam the first 50 meters in 29.59, with the second in 31.69. Her seed time was 1:01.87. Last year Martinek finished 19th in 1:03.11.

Sara Bentley of Ames won the event in 56.89 seconds.



Also in the pool

Two relays also took to the pool Saturday.

The 200-yard freestyle relay of Monica Tappe, Martinek, Kathryn Appler and Katelyn Yee competed for the Vikes. They combined for a 19th place finish in 1:43.57. Tappe swam her leg in 26.84, Martinek in 25.48, Appler in 25.94 and Yee in 25.21. Their seed time was 1:44.37.

Pleasant Valley was the winner in the event.

In the final race of the day, Jennison Jenkins, Yee, Martinek and Appler competed in the 400-yard freestyle. The quartet finished in 3:54.90, taking 24th. They posted splits of 1:01.01, 57.37, 59.56 and 56.96.

Pleasant Valley won the event.

Next year

The Vikes have lots to build off for next year as they return a large contingent of the 2012 squad, including four with state experience.