Editor's note: Bridget Finley, an Estherville Lincoln Central freshman, swims with the Algona team.
CHARLES?CITY - On Saturday the Algona Girls Swim Team placed fifth at the Charles City Invitational with 252 points.
"It was a good team effort as everyone scored points in every event," said Algona coach Jim Fisher. "The 400 free relay team set a new team, There were 19 times that beat the seed time and seven of those were personal best times. This is out of 31 timed events. The 252 points is the most we have scored in that meet."
Top finishes included third for the 400 free relay team of Maddie Stubbs, Emma Plathe, Cam Shaw and Jessica Anderson in 4:08.29.
Stubbs placed fourth in the 100 fly in 1:10.29 and fifth in the 200 IM at 2:39.22
Sophie Curtis placed sixth in the 100 free in 1:07.27
Placing eighth were Conner Yi in the 100 fly at 1:20.42 and Anderson in the 200 free at 2:26.13.
Tenth place finishes went to 200 Medley Relay team of Curtis, Abby Strohman, Stubbs and Plathe and the 200 free relay team of Casey Harms, Strohman, Emily McMahon and Anderson, and Plathe in the 50 free, McMahon in the 200 breaststroke and Anderson in the 500 free.
Eleventh place went to Strohman in the 100 breaststroke.
Twelfth place went to Morgan Lanndorf in the 200 free, Strohman in the 200 IM, Plathe in the 50 free and Bridget Finley in the 50 free, and the 400 relay team of Finley, Lanndorf, Dasha Hollinger and Ashley Willie.
Thirteenth to the 200 Medley Relay team of Harms, McMahon, Yi and Shaw, 200 free Relay team of Lanndorf,Yi, Shaw and Hollinger, Willie in the 50 free, Harms in the 100 back and Michelle Goodman in the 100 Fly.
Fourteenth place went to Shaw in the 100 free and Hollinger in the 200 free.
Fifteenth place went to Kaylie Adams in the 100 breaststroke.
Sixteenth place went to Lanndorf in the 500 free and the 200 free relay team of Finley, Adams, Goodman and Willie, with the quartet also placing 18th in the 200 yard medley relay.
" The team has worked hard, with everyone working together, helping each other in practice to improve," said coach Fisher. "There were several girls swimming an event for the first or second time and they are learning how they need to swim it. Having all events score made it a fun time."
On Thursday, Sept. 19, the team finished eighth at the Dodger Invitational in Fort Dodge with 60 points.
"We made the medal stand three times which was good for us," said Fisher. "Thirteen events beat their seed time and five of those were personal bests. Our power points went up meaning our times continue to come down."
The top place finishes went to Maddie Stubbs who was third in the 100 fly at 1:09.71, fifth to the 400 free relay team of Stubbs, Emma Plathe, Sophie Curtis and Jessica Anderson in a time of 4:32.26 and Anderson was sixth in the 200 free at 2:23.49.