CLINTON — The River Queens dropped a close dual to Burlington on Tuesday night, feeling a little lack of energy after a big Saturday invitational.
“The intensity of having an invitational, the invitational brings a little more out in the girls then a regular dual,” Clinton head coach Albert Hayton said after the completion of the meet.
The Greyhounds beat the Queens 100-82 at the River King & Queen Aquatic Center.
The River Queens picked up a handful of first place finishes. Olivia Schroeder had the top time in the 50 Yard Freestyle, Kaedyn Schutte took the 100 Yard Butterfly, Molly Shannon won the 100 Yard Freestyle by five seconds, and Allison Hasenmiller won the diving event with a season high 183 points.
In addition, the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay and the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay won their races. It wasn’t quite enough.
“Today, there was a possibility. We tried to throw our lineups around a little bit,” Hayton said. “Even if you win the event, you have to get a couple other places, too. First place doesn’t always do it. If we had gotten a couple places here or there we would have been closer than 18.
“They swam well, we saw some time drops today. We’re getting in the tired mode and plateauing a little bit. Just have to keep working hard.”
The Queens’ junior varsity beat Burlington’s junior varsity 19-18.
The River Queens have a week off before returning to competition, traveling to Muscatine.
Kings, Queens run well
ELDRIDGE—Head cross country coach Kellen Schneeberger was pleased with what he saw on Monday night at North Scott.
“Tonight was a good, competitive night for us,” Schneeberger said. “Getting to race traditionally strong programs like Bettendorf and North Scott help give us an indicator where we are at in relation to our MAC opponents and seeing Iowa City Liberty and the talent they have can only help us.”
Between the junior varsity and varsity boys and girls, Clinton saw a total of 20 personal bests and time drops.
“We continue to preach mental toughness, running for each other, and leaving your best effort out there,” Schneeberger said. “We’ll talk about a few areas of improvement and celebrate our successes tomorrow and then head out to Rochelle for a European Style cross country race. We feel good about where we are at and hope to keep building on the momentum.”
The varsity boys ended up fourth overall in the team standings, with Noah Smith clocking in in the top 15.
“We’re hoping that a few more weeks of quality practices and competition will help us get into that range of 17s and 18s throughout the lineup,” Schneeberger said about the boys’ times.
The girls finished sixth, with a heavy underclassman lineup. Freshman Abby Struble finished first, with Maritza Dondiego, Viviana Ramirez, Emma Milder and Lauren Buer rounding out the scoring.
The junior varsity had good performances, too, which Schneeberger says reflects on the varsity as well.
“It’s great to see the girls getting more competitive and vying for varsity spots,” Schneeberger said. “We’re going to get better and more consistent because of that.”
Fulton waits out Rockridge
TAYLOR RIDGE, Ill. —The Fulton Steamers held on longer than the Rockets in a Tuesday night matchup, beating them in two sets 26-24, 25-21.
Emily Schipper and Daekota Knott led the front row. Schipper put away 11, while Knott had 10 kills and four blocks. Meanwhile in the back, Emily banker dug up eight while Kylee Sweenie saved six.
Fulton improved to 7-6 on the season, and will travel to Riverdale next week.
Camanche shines at Midland
WYOMING—The Camanche cross country team had an impressive run at Little Bear Country Club Monday with the girls finishing seconds and the boys third amongst the field.
The boys ran against a dominant Calamus-Wheatland team, who took first at the meet. Joining them at the top was fellow 2A foe Bellevue, who beat the Indians by just eight points on Monday.
“The boys ran extremely hard tonight,” coach Erin Montgomery said. “Our goal was to beat Bellevue and the guys gave it everything they had. We were neck and neck with each of their guys.”
Bellevue’s Brady Griebel took the top slot, while Cal-Wheat took the next two. Camanche’s Dylan Darsidan came in fourth in 17:37.
Three more Indians finished in the top half of the field, including Dodson Melchiori in ninth, and Blake Leu and Jimmy Sbertoli.
“Our goal for the week was to get in the rankings and we are currently 14th in 2A,” Montgomery said. “We see Bellevue again next Monday on their home course.”
Prince of Peace had two in the top 15 as well. Payton Schnier finished sixth in 18:06, while Hansi Hudson was just 40 seconds behind him in twelfth place.
For the Northeast Rebels, Andrew Hilgendorf came in in seventh place as the top finisher.
The Camanche girls got second, led by a sixth place finish from Markee Low. Bellevue Marquette Catholic won the meet with 52 points.
Prince of Peace’s Sophie Griffen beat out Low by just four seconds, finishing in fifth place at 22:28.
Kaelyn Goodsman came in tenth for the Irish as well.