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Two Carroll swimmers qualify for the State meet; Tigers finish fourth at Johnston

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The Johnston pool is known as a fast pool in the swimming world. On Saturday the Carroll High swim team exploited that as they were able to finish fourth out of eight teams in the Johnston Invitational.

Overall the Tigers finished with 152 points. Waukee won the meet with 369 points. Johnston was second with 329.

Carroll showed how fast they could be, especially in the 50-yard freestyle where two Carroll swimmers stole the show, and a school record.

“The girls did a great job,” said Deb Danner, the head coach for Carroll. “Melea Axman qualified the 50 freestyle for state with a time of 24.27. She also set a new school record in that event.

“Jenna Currier also swam a state qualifying time in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.69. We had a lot of personal best times at this meet.”

Axman and Currier dominated the quick race on Saturday finishing first and second respectively. Axman was able to break her own school record in the meet.

Teammate Katherine Folsom finished 19th.

Later, Axman went on to win the 100-yard fly event with a time of 59.03. She was followed by 10th place finisher and teammate, Kelsey Gray with a time of 1:06.8.

Currier added another win in the 100-yard freestyle event. She had the fastest time of 53.75. Olivia Boes was 17th and Emily Ludwig finished 19th.

In the 200-yard medley relay event the Carroll team of Currier, Madison Mohr, Melea Axman and Ashley Beagle finished third with a time of 1:56.29. Teammates Madelyn Ehler, Boes, Emily Hansen and Folsom finished 16th.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay the team of Currier, Mackenzie Campbell, Gray and Axman finished third with a time of 1:44.12. Also in that race was the team of Emily Ludwig, Boes, Ehler and Hansen who finished 14th.

In the 400-yard relay event the Carroll team of Gray, Ashley Beagle, Campbell and Mohr finished sixth with a time of 4:02.3. In 16th was the team of Ludwig, Ehler, Kennadie Machovec and Folsom.

Campbell finished 10th in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 2:13.07. Ludwig was 19th and Ehler was 21st.

In the 100-yard breaststroke event Mohr led the way for Carroll with a sixth-place finish. Her time was 1:16.06. Boes finished 19th.

Beagle led the Tigers in the 200-yard individual medley event with a 10th place time of 2:30.36. Mohr finished 12th with a time of 2:33.85 and Machovec was 23rd.

Beagle also finished 10th in the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 5:56.07. Campbell finished 15th with a time of 6:12.18 and Hansen was 18th with a time of 6:34.43.

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