COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The Council Bluffs city swim meet was not of major consequence for the two Council Bluffs teams composed of athletes from schools all around southwest Iowa.
Tuesday night, the Council Bluffs Lewis Central boys defeated C.B. Abraham Lincoln 251-164, but that didn’t stop swimmers on both sides from keeping it light during senior night; the results from this meet will not impact district standings for either team.
The Titans used Tuesday afternoon to make up for a missed practice on Monday, so some swimmers weren’t fully rested, especially after competing in meets on Friday and Saturday.
“We had a couple kids who had their best times, but other than that we didn’t swim very well,” L.C. coach Bruce Schomburg said. “I told them, ‘We’re getting ready for the end of the year, so we can’t take any little bit off.’ ”
The 50 freestyle had a number of swimmers set new personal bests. L.C. junior Kamron Alexander (24.40) won the race and beat his previous time of 25.20 and was followed closely by freshman Hunter Evans (24.47), whose previous best was 24.65.
Also in the 50 free, L.C. sophomore Chris Siefken (29.43) beat his previous time of 29.85, as did Jacob Parks (29.67), whose previous best was 30.12. A.L. sophomore Brandon Wyant (25.92) beat his previous best of 26.14.
L.C.’s Zach Shudak also set a new personal record of 54.69 in the 100 freestyle.
The Titans won every event except for the 100 breaststroke, which went to A.L. senior Adam Dreismeier with a time of 1:08.65.
Heading into districts on Saturday, Schomburg is confident that senior Jackson Allmon and junior Mason Parks are all but locks to make it to state. Allmon set a new meet record Tuesday in the 200 IM, beating out the record he set last year of 2:02.14 while he was swimming with A.L.
“It definitely meant a lot as my last meet ever here,” Allmon said. “It wasn’t a very good time by my standards, but to break the meet record after swimming here every day since I was 8-years-old, it’s the perfect ending.”
Fellow senior Bryce Griffin still has some work to do in the 100 butterfly at districts but would be elated to reach his ultimate goal after just missing out in recent years.
“(It would mean) a lot because I’ve been trying for the last two years to get in, and I’ve missed it by two seconds each time in two events,” Griffin said. “So I’m really trying to get that last spot because it’s my senior year and I really want to get into an individual event.”
Team scores: Council Bluffs Lewis Central 251, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 164
200 medley relay: 1, L.C. A (Hunter Evans, Carter Stangeland, Mason Parks, Kamron Alexander). 200 freestyle: 1, M. Parks, L.C., 1:51.90. 200 IM: 1, Allmon, L.C., 2:01.30. 50 freestyle: 1, Alexander, L.C., 24.40. 100 butterfly: 1, B. Griffin, L.C., 58.11. 100 freestyle: 1, M. Parks, L.C., 50.25. 500 freestyle: 1, Briggs Huff, A.L., 6:39.60.
200 freestyle relay: 1, L.C. A (Allmon, Alexander, B. Griffin, Shudak), 1:37.63. 100 backstroke: 1, Allmon, L.C., 54.39. 100 breaststroke: 1, Dreismeier, A.L., 1:08.65. 400 freestyle relay: 1, L.C. A (Evans, Graham, B. Griffin, Allmon), 3:35.58.