Ruth Vermace twisting on a dive. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Showing off the new swim facility at Luther, the Decorah swim team hosted the North Central conference swim meet Saturday.
The Vikes finished second overall with 326 points. NCMP-Newton won the meet with 410 points.
Jessica Keifer of Charles City and Beth Mitchell of Grinnell were named the co-athletes of the year. NCMP-Newton was honored as having the coaching staff of the year.
In addition, one athlete from every team was named to the all-academic team. Honored for Decorah was Alyssa Collins.
Decorah had one event win the gold medal. Freshman Katie Hagensick was the champion in the 500-meter swim. With a time of 5:34.67, K. Hagensick won by almost 10 seconds, over second place Maddie Swanson of Boone. K. Hagensick's fastest split was 28.47 seconds in her first 50-meters.
The 200-meter medley relay earned Decorah 26 points by taking second place. Taylor Martinek, Maria Lea, K. Hagensick and Monica Tappe posted a time of 1:59.83, just missing first by two seconds.
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