By VSCPU head coach Rob Levis

Saturday was another great day for Stormin’ Viking swimming
as the team competed at the State’s single-classification state meet held this
year at neighboring Linn-Mar. The Medley Relay team of Bradyn Schlief,
Carter Kirtz, Isaac Allsup and Ian Allsup opened up the first heat of the first
event with a thrilling, tight victory in their heat. Each of the four
swimmers had personal best split times in shattering their own school record
from last week by 1.75 seconds. Sophomore Ian Allsup turned in a blazing
free-style split of 22.13 seconds to come from behind and edge out Decorah for
first in the heat, 14th place in the event, but more importantly,
the top time in the state for smaller/3A schools.

As far as I’m concerned, I don’t care what the State
Athletic Association says, these guys are State Champions. In no other
sport in Iowa do kids from small schools have to beat the Linn-Mar’s, Des
Moines, Cedar Rapids or Iowa City schools for the right to be called
champions. These guys beat dozens of those types of programs along with
every single one of the 3A schools that have swimming programs. It was
impressive. Here is a link to watch their record-setting, “Championship”

Other swims on the day included Carter Kirtz in 200
Individual Medley and the 100 Breast and Isaac Allsup in the 100 Back.
Kirtz set a new school record and finished on the podium in 8th
place with a time of 59.64, and Allsup also bettered his own school record with
a 54.96 in the 100 Back to capture 21st place in the State. Both
of those swims were the 2nd fastest times in the state among athletes from
smaller schools.

The Stormin’ Vikings finished the meet in 21st
place, and 3rd among the 3A schools.

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