Mueller scores in 1-meter dive event
MARSHALLTOWN — Katherine Mueller became the first Trojan diver to ever score at the state swim and dive meet Friday, capping one of the most successful rookie campaigns in the program’s history.
The freshman finished 15th in the 1-meter dive with a final tally of 355.30, which broke her old FHS record of 348.45. The two points scored by Mueller also gave the Fairfield swim team a 32nd-place finish at the state meet; Ames won the team title with a score of 274 and Pleasant Valley was runner-up with 224.
Mueller was one of only 16 divers to complete the 11-dive rotations. After the fifth dive, the 10 lowest divers were cut from the competition, and another four divers were cut following the eighth dive.
Sophomore Maggie James of Ames became the repeat state diving champ, and she won with the third highest total in state history (512.80). West Des Moines Valley’s Julie Dickinson was second with a 464.65 total while teammate Morgan Rafferty was third at 443.15.
On Saturday, junior teammate Baylee Bowman competed in the 100-yard freestyle and ended up 23rd out of 24 swimmers with a time of 56.36 seconds. Bowman’s performance didn’t qualify her for any awards, but her presence at the meet kept her on track for a major career accomplishment.
“We are proud of Baylee’s accomplishment of making it to state competition three years in a row,” said first-year head coach Lisa Greenig. “She has already set her sights on becoming the first Fairfield swimmer to qualify for four consecutive years.”
Bowman has qualified to state in a different event each of her three seasons.
Aftin Phyfe, a junior from Cedar Falls, won the 100-freestyle in 51.54.