In two meets recently, the Beckman girls swimming for Wahlert placed, even though the team dropped both meets.
Against Cedar Rapids Kennedy Sept. 7, they fell and the highest finish was a third from Kelly Snyder in the 100-breaststroke. Two relays placed fourth: the 200-medley and the 400-free with Taylor Weig, Snyder, Jessie Then and Taylor Borgerding swimming. In individual events, Snyder claimed third in the 100-breaststroke and fifth in the 200-IM while Then was fifth in both the 200-free and 500-free.
They fell to Cedar Falls Sept. 14 despite getting a first place in the 200-medley relay (Avery Schmidt, Snyder, Natalie Kelzer and Brooke Wuebker). Then was part of the fourth-place 200-medley that also included Weig, Kayla Wuebker and Borgerding. Both Then and Snyder swam in the 400-free relay, with Borgerding and Mia Brooner, that took fourth.
Snyder was fourth in the 500-free and fifth in the 200-IM, while Then took fourth in the 100-backstroke and fifth in the 100-fly.
Coach Emily Snyder added, “In the last two weeks we swam against two of the top 10 teams in the state. The girls did a great job competing with some of the best swimmers in the state. They continue to improve individual performances and are lowering their personal best times, something which is always our goal. Our varsity dual record is now 2-2.
“Betsy Halligan and Mary McKean competed in the JV races in both meets and continue to improve with each meet. All four Blazer swimmers are great assets to the Wahlert swim team.”