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Swimmers from Pella High Part of Winning Team in Season Debut

The fall season is already underway for four girls from Pella High who are competing in varsity swimming. The athletes competed on a team based in Newton that also includes athletes from Colfax-Mingo and goes by the acronym NCMP (Newton/Colfax-Mingo/Pella). This past week, the team defeated Linn-Mar 94-89.

Highlights from the first meet of the season included first place finishes by Samantha Hedrick in the 50-Meter Freestyle and 100-Meter Breaststroke; a gold medal 200 Meter Freestyle Relay team that also included Hedrick; and a second place finish by the Medley Relay team that featured Hedrick and Sara Martin.

The girls swimmers from Pella High are a young group, as Martin – along with Jeannie Etnyre and Kira Hanson – are sophomores; and Hedrick is a freshman. They’ll compete as part of NCMP again on Thursday, when Newton hosts a triangular that includes swim teams from Grinnell and Indianola.

Varsity: NCMP defeated Linn Marr 94-89

Medley Relay: Sidney Griffith, Sara Martin, Hannah Scotton & Samantha Hedrick placed 2nd; Kira Hnason, Olivia Maharry, Abby Jolivette, Hannah Rhoads placed 5th

200 IM: 7th Kira Hanson

50 Free: 1st: Samantha Hedrick, 5th: Jeannie Etynre

100 Fly: 6th Sara Martin

500 Free: 4th Kira Hanson

200 Free Relay: Samantha Hedrick, Hannah Scotton, Rachel Prendergast, Carly Colville placed 1st; Krystal Mapes, Emily Forsyth, Elizabeth Myers & Sara Martin placed 4th

100 Breast: 1st: Samantha Hedrick, 5th: Sara Martin

400 Free Relay: Krystal Mapes, Elizabeth Myers, Kira Hanson & Sierra Griffith placed 4th