Aquagirls make a Splash at Ram Relays for second place finish.


By Nick Meinders

“I think the girls just kept their spirits very high tonight,” explained PCM senior Alex Inskeep. “We came in the pool with the attitude to dominate.”

An attitude like that was clearly visible in the NCMP Aquagirls on October 4 at the annual Ram Relays held at Southeast Polk High School. The swim team that consists of girls from Newton, Colfax Mingo, Pella, and PCM managed to put up 75 points throughout the relays. Out of eight teams competing at the event, the Aquagirls swiped second place overall as a team. The girls fell only to Ankeny in team points, putting together 117 points for a first-place finish and managed to beat Atlantic by one point. The Aquagirls only achieved a first-place finish in one event during the meet, the two-person 200-yard backstroke, but placed in multiple events to rack up the team points.

PCM swimmers helped contribute to multiple events. Inskeep swam in four events during the meet and placed in all four. She helped contribute to the team score by placing second in the 400 medley with a time of 3:57.59, third in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:37.78, fourth in 800 freestyle relay with a time of 8:10.48, and fifth in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:59.94.

On the junior varsity side of things, PCM swimmers sophomore Emma Thomas and freshman Ellie Cadwell swam for the Aquagirls. Thomas placed fifth in the 200 freestyle relay and fourth in the 400 free relay. Cadwell also helped in a pair of relay teams placing fourth in the 400 medley relay and third in the 400 freestyle relay.