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Vinton Shellsburg and CPU Stormin' Vikings win at Raider invitational

The Vinton Shellsburg and CPU Stormin’ Vikings continued their strong start to the season on their second trip to Williamsburg.  Having won a dual with the Raiders 90-76 on Thursday, the team followed up with a strong win at the Raider invitational featuring host Williamsburg, Oskaloosa, and Centerville.


The Stormin’ Viking Medley Relay of Braydn Schlief, Carter Kurtz Isaac Allsup, and Ian Allsup started the evening off fast with a convincing victory.  These same four also captured first place in the evening’s final race, the 400 Free Relay, coming from behind to edge Williamsburg by a mere two-tenths of a second.


In between these relay wins saw a lot of strong swims up and down the lineup.  Kirtz again took first in both the 200IM and the 100 Breast and Ian Allsup emerged with the win in the 500 Free.  Isaac Allsup was 2nd in the 100 Back and 3rd in the 100 Fly.  Schlief secured third in the 200 IM.  Freshmen Aleric Weber and Wes Farrell contributed significantly with Farrell scoring 22 points for his 4th place finish in the 200IM and the 100 Free, and Weber earning 20 points for a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 100 Fly and 100 Back.


In addition to the four-event wins, a number of guys significantly outswam their seed times in winning their heats.  In all, seven swimmers were heat winners including Steven Wichtendahl, Blake Soquet, and Ian Vrba who all dropped significant time.  In the evening, the team established 17 new personal best times.


The Storming Vikings jump right back into action traveling to Decorah on Thursday for some very stiff competition from host Decorah, Mason City and Waterloo.  Spectators are not permitted for the 6PM meet, but it can be viewed online at

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