The Dickinson girls swim team had another strong performance in its home pool on Thursday against Jamestown. The Midgets started the meet with winning the first two events and never looked back. Overall, the Midgets defeated the Blue Jays 114-72.
With the regular season drawing to a close, the Midgets came into the West River Community Center ready to compete at its finest. As a team, they didn’t disappoint, placing first nine times, second place four times and third place another nine. The Midgets gave its might throughout the entirety of the race, as a result the team was rewarded one of its best scores of the season.
The Midgets also recorded nine state qualifying times, and scores, during Thursday’s meet.
Head coach Jenna Wolf described what she has seen from this team that helps them perform the way they have when it comes to performing in meets.
“The constant work that they put in, they are working hard all the time,” Wolf said. “We’ve been working on a lot of drills this year too, just trying to improve some of that skill technique and the hard work that they’re putting in with the practices ends up showing up in the end in these races."
Going into the Midgets’ final regular season meet on Saturday, the team currently has 13 of its 20 athletes qualified for the state meet, with the help of Thursday’s performances.
Wolf described what she has been the most proud of when it comes to her girls and their performances throughout the season.
“Continuing to see these time drops, even with still having tough weeks of practice,” Wolf said. “We’ve still been having two mornings and night practices and still seeing that they’re cutting times. We’re getting into those last few weeks where we’ll start cutting back a little bit for the final stretch.”
While all of the Midget athletes competed to the best of their abilities, the Rathgeber sisters, sophomore Charley and senior Hailey, played yet another key role in the team’s victory over Jamestown on Thursday.
The sisters combined for six of the Midgets’ nine first placements against the Blue Jays. Ninth-grader Mara Ellerkamp also played a pivotal role in the victory, earning first place four times in the meet.
“They’ve definitely earned us a lot of wins this season and those win equal to more points, and more points equal to a team win,” Wolf said. “It does get the whole team pumping just a little bit.”
Following the victory on Thursday, Wolf had only one goal in mind for her team as it continues to prepare for a strong finish to the season.
“Just keep having fun,” Wolf said. “That’s kind of what all of it is about, just keep having fun.”
The Midgets will return to action at the WRCC on Saturday at 9 a.m.