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Kelly Snyder swims her leg of the medley relay at state.

Kelly Snyder dropped .52 from her 50-meter breaststroke split time during her competition at the Iowa High School State Swim Meet in Marshalltown Nov. 12-13.

Snyder, swimming for Wahlert as a Beckman co-op athlete, was part of the 200-medley relay that finished 20th at the meet, two spots above where they were seeded. Avery Schmidt swam the first leg, followed by Snyder, Natalie Kelzer and Taylor Weig, finishing in 1:55.64. Snyder’s time was a personal best.

Coach Emily Snyder was pleased with her team’s finish, especially Schmidt, who set a new Wahlert and city record in her individual backstroke competition of 56.95. Schmidt’s finish was the highest for the Dubuque schools for the weekend. “We are among the smallest schools to have placed swimmers at the state meet. Most of them are 4A and 5A schools and the small schools usually don’t qualify,” said Snyder.

Waukee won the state meet with 357 points, 97 ahead of runner-up Ames. Wahlert ended in 26th place with 12 points, trailing Senior in 18th with 22 and leading Hempstead who was scoreless among the 32 teams entered. 54 schools were represented by at least one individual.

Coach Snyder concluded, “Competing at the state meet was the perfect ending to a great season. Competing with all the best swimmers in the state in a one-class meet brings out the best in everyone. While I hope to help move swimming and diving to a two-class meet in the future, our small Catholic school does a great job competing against all these larger schools with huge teams.

“Kelly blazed a trail by being the first Beckman swimmer to compete at the state meet. I hope we have more swimmers and divers in the near future doing the same.”