CLINTON – Five seniors were recognized and Clinton swimming made strides during their home meet on Monday night in Clinton, beating Davenport North while losing to Morrison at home.
Even though it wasn’t the last home meet, the Queens celebrated Senior Night as a part of the homecoming week festivities.
“They’ve been here for four years, some long,” head coach Albert Hayton said. “This is their last hurrah.”
The River Queens honored seniors Olivia Schroeder, Anna Hilgendorf, Natalie Lawrence, Kennedy Evans and Zoey Eggers for their contributions to the program.
“I’ve been in swimming for six years now, and it felt really sad,” Schroeder said. “It felt like it went by really fast. I love this sports, this sport is a good skill for everything, and it’s so rewarding.”
The teammates greeted the seniors with baskets and cheers.
“Because our team is so small it’s really a family, not just a swim team,” Lawrence said. “We bond really good and are really close with all of each other.”
Clinton finished with 111 points, second out of the three teams there.
“We did a pretty good job,” Hayton said. “I think they had some nice times. Some people kind of plateaued which didn’t add a whole bunch, but some girls dropped some pretty good times.”
Their best finished of the day came from individuals. Senior Olivia Schroeder had a good senior Night, winning the 50 Yard Freestyle in 26.34. Schroeder also swam to a runner up finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke in 1:10.68.
Anna Hilgendorf finished fourth in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, followed by Rhianna Clark in fifth, both swimming within half a second of each other.
Natalie Lawrence picked up a fourth place finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle and Kaedyn Schutte finished third in the 100 Yard Fly, clocking in at 1:11.93, just out of scond place.
Molly Shannon finished third in the 100 Yard Freestyle, swimming the event in 10:01.45.
“They competed well,” Hayton said. “As long as they focus, they can compete with several of our schools around here. We hold our own individually.”
Morrison, meanwhile, won yet another meet. The team finished with 126 points.
The Fillies nearly swept the gold medal finished on Monday night. They’re coming off of a win in East Moline this weekend, where they took the team title at the Panther Girls Sprint Classic at United Township High School.
“It’s been a pretty solid season so far,” head coach Chelsea Brewer said. “It’s kind of difficult to go from sprint format this weekend to full-blown meet ... and I think they did really well.”
The relay team of Landri Harmon, Kate Henson, Sydney Norman, and Schyon Drolema won the 200 Yard Medley Relay in 2:02.35.
The quartet of Sydney Norman, Sadie Norman, Sara Norman and Gracen Harmon, the Fillies’ four seniors, also blew away competition in the 200 Yard Feeestyle Relay, finishing in just 1:47.34.
The most impressive relay victory came in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relasy. Schyon Drolema, Sadie Norman, Sara Norman and Gracen Harmon beat their own teammates by nearly 40 seconds to win their event, including a 58.68 anchor leg by Harmon.
Gracen Harmon impressed in the 200 Yard Freestyle, finishing in 2:11.64 to run away with first place by 11 seconds. Harmon also won the 100 Yard Freestyle in 58.50.
Sadie Norman took first in the 100 Yard Fly in 1:02.77, also winning the 100 Yard Backstroke. Kate Henson, Sydney Norman and BayLeigh Brewer took first through third in the varsity Breaststroke, all swimming within eight seconds of each other to sweep the top three.
Schyon Drolema won the 500 Yard Freestyle by 25 seconds, clocking in at 6:13.29. Teammate Emily Henson came in second and Lorilee Hutson in third. The freshman Drolema also won the 200 Yard IM, touching the wall at 2:26.93.
Even though the Fillies are battling illness through the roster, they’re looking strong heading into the final weeks of the fall swimming season.
“As a team their spirits are staying up,” Brewer said. “I’m really happy with where they’re at right now.”
The Queens are back in action next Tuesday, welcoming Bettendorf to River King and Queens Natatorium for their final home competition.