The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 8, 2013

Queens nab 5 victories

By Jon Gremmels Herald Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Nikki Erling has spent the past two years trying to get become the swimmer she was a sophomore. It’s not an easy way for the lone senior on the Clinton girls swimming team to close out her career.

But, she’s getting there.

Erling celebrated Senior Night by winning a pair of races Monday night, while teammate Sadie Nickles also won two and Becca Hess claimed one victory in the River Queens’ 110-58 loss to Davenport Central at the Clinton Aquatics Center.

“It’s been rough,” Erling said of her two-year struggle to completely recover from the effects of a concussion, suffered when she ran into a weight-lifting bar as a sophomore. “The concussion my sophomore year was disappointing. My team helped me get through it.”

Coach Albert Hayton said the injury took a toll on Erling’s performances since then.

“She’s kind of getting to what she was before the concussion,” he said. “It’s been almost two years. She lost a lot of time.”

But, he certainly is happy she stuck it out.

“Since she was a little kid I’ve been involved in her swimming, probably close to 10 years,” Hayton said. “It’s kind of like having one of your own kids go through. She’s been a great leader and will be missed.”

Perhaps because the River Queens will host the regional meet this fall, Erling said the Senior Night ceremony didn’t get her too emotional.

“It hasn’t quite hit me yet,” she said. “It will probably hit me there (the Nov. 2 regional) more than now.”

Erling picked up victories in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly.

“I was really happy with the IM,” she said of the win in 2 minutes, 36.50 seconds, more-than-7-second margin over runner-up Erika Moeller of Central. “It was not too bad.

Her butterfly time was 1:11.15, 2.41 seconds faster than Central’s Emily Delleman.

“We were tied until the white marker on the last lap,” Erling said. “I used to swim with her sister, so that was kind of cool.”

She also was pleased with teammate Molly Anderson’s third-place performance (1:23.82) in the event.

“Molly’s time dropped, and she was happy about that, so we’re still improving,” Erling said.

Erling also got the River Queens out in front in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, but a strong anchor leg by Meredith Cox (59.95 seconds) allowed the Blue Devils to overtake Clinton in the race.

Nickles earned her wins in the distance races, claiming first in the 200 freestyle in 2:22.40 and the 500 freestyle in 6:13.70. Neither race was close.

Hess won the 100 backstroke by almost 5 seconds, in 1:08.01, and she was just edged by Cox in a tight battle in the 100 freestyle. Cox won in 59.17, with Hess second (59.44) and Central’s Emmy Marker third (59.69).

Assistant coach Madella Smith said it was good for the Queens to have a competitive dual after a lopsided loss to a tough Pleasant Valley team last week.

“It’s fun to be competitive and go against a team like them,” Smith said. “I think the girls like it to be more competitive. I think it’s definitely a confidence builder, especially when (races) are going down to the last touch.”


200-yard medley relay — 1. Central (Kristina Seier, Abi Ivanic, Meredith Cox, Emmy Marker) 2:07.18; 2. Clinton (Nikki Erling, Maddie Marlowe, Becca Hess, Sadie Nickles) 2:15.82; 3. Central (Phoenix Cummings, Erika Moeller, Ariel Kopel, Grace Voelliger) 2:19.33.

200 freestyle — 1. Nickles (Clin) 2:22.40; 2. Cummings (Cent) 2:40.81; 3. Emily Hummel (Cent) 2:46.19; 4. Amelia Seutter (Cent) 2:46.19; 5. Genevieve Ehlers (Clin) 3:21.19; 6. Irene Griffin (Clin) 3:23.15.

200 individual medley — 1. Erling (Clin) 2:36.50; 2. Moeller (Cent) 2:44.12; 3. Kopel (Cent) 3:06.98; 4. Jordan Miller (Cent) 3:17.47.

50 freestyle — 1. Marker (Cent) 27.33; 2. Cox (Cent) 27.50; 3. Ivanic (Cent) 29.70; 4. Marlowe (Clin) 30.52; 5. Eliza Mussmann (Clin) 32.85.

100 butterfly — 1. Erling (Clin) 1:11.15; 2. Emily Delleman (Cent) 1:13.56; 3. Molly Anderson (Clin) 1:23.82; 4. Voelliger (Cent) 1:25.14; 5. Miller (Cent) 1:39.07.

100 freestyle — 1. Cox (Cent) 59.17; 2. Hess (Clin) 59.44; 3. Marker (Cent) 59.69; 4. Moeller (Cent) 1:04.18; 5. Rachel Duray (Clin) 1:25.91; 6. Ehlers (Clin) 1:35.08.

500 freestyle — 1. Nickles (Clin) 6:13.70; 2. Kopel (Cent) 6:41.75; 3. Seutter (Cent) 7:20.24; 4. Alyssa Bohlken (Cent) 7:57.63.

200 freestyle — 1. Central (Ivanic, Shelby Thede, Voelliger, Miller) 2:02.12; 2. Central (Delleman, Hummel, Seutter, Bohlken) 2:13.94; 3. Clinton (Anderson, Mussmann, Duray, Ehlers) 2:26.53; 4. Clinton (Spencer Edwards, Tiffany Vesey, Moganne Stansbarger, Baylee Armstrong) 2:54.84.

100 backstroke — 1. Hess (Clin) 1:08.01; 2. Seier (Cent) 1:12.92; 3. Delleman (Cent) 1:13.89; 4. Cummings (Cent) 1:15.60; 5. Mussmann (Clin) 1:29.21; 6. Vesey (Clin) 1:59.78.

100 breaststroke — 1. Ivanic (Cent) 1:20.90; 2. Marlowe (Clin) 1:27.58; 3. Hummel (Cent) 1:28.36; 4. Thede (Cent) 1:28.68; 5. Anderson (Clin) 1:38.26; 6. Duray (Clin) 1:40.77.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Central (Moeller, Cummings, Marker, Cox) 4:10.13; 2. Clinton (Erling, Nickles, Hess, Marlowe) 4:17.92; 3. Central (Voelliger, Thede, Kopel, Seutter) 4:46.90; 4. Central (Delleman, Bohlken, Miller, Hummel) 5:00.07; 5. Clinton (Griffin, Ehlers, Edwards, Stansbarger) 6:29.20.


Clinton 19, Central 10

Clinton results

50 freestyle — 3. Stansbarger 42.09; 4. Armstrong 43.06; 5. Darrian Balk 1:14.84. 100 freestyle — 1. Edwards 1:33.54; 2. Armstrong 1:46.76; 3. Balk 3:02.05.

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