By Rob Levis VS/CPU Men's swimming coach

Saturday the Stormin' Vikings hosted the North Central Swim Conference meet at Coe College and delivered their best performance of the year and bet single-meet performance in a decade. Overall the team captured 5th out of 8 teams, while generating several Conference Championship performances, two new team records, 50 new personal bests and the Conference Athlete of the Year.

Senior Cyrus Elwick captured Conference Championships in both the 50 Free and 100 Free, the second straight year he has been the Conference Champion in the 50.

Sophomore Carter Kirtz had a phenomenal afternoon winning the Conference Championship in the 100 Breast with an incredible time of 1:01.51. With swimming being a single class sport, that time currently places him as the 9th fastest person in the entire state. Carter also broke his own team record in the 200 IM with a 2nd place finish and a time of 2:10.65.

Junior Isaac Allsup dropped an incredible 2.14 second in the 100 Back to give him the new team record. His time of 56.99 bettered the time of 57.14 set by Dick Higgins in 1997.

The final major accomplishment was the naming of Senior Zach Kramer as the Conference Athlete of the Year. This award is voted on by the 8 coaching staffs and recognizes the tremendous work ethic, attitude and determination Zach has displayed as a student and athlete. Zach also was recognized as an Academic All-Conference performer.

The 200 medley Relay team of Brayden Schlief, Kirtz, Isaac Allsup and Elwick started the meet by placing 2nd with a season-best time of 1:45.13 – mere 0.09 seconds off the team record.

Leading the way on the 50 new personal best times were Zach Kramer and Logan Zearley with four each. Ten swimmers had three new best times. Significant drops included Junior Andrew Jessen dropping a significant 2.02 seconds in the 50 Free, Senior Jared Jacobs dropping a similar amount of time in the 100 Free. Freshman Ian Vrba (9 seconds) and senior CJ Schoch (5 seconds) also had big time drops in the 100 free.

This coming Saturday the Storming Vikings head to Marshalltown to compete in districts for the opportunity to swim at state. The top 24 athletes and relay teams in each event statewide will qualify.

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