Top stories No. 5: Sieperda takes 2nd and 3rd at state
Taylor Sieperda followed up her outstanding freshman year with an even better season this past year. The sophomore, who attends Spirit Lake High School, continued to set personal and school records throughout the year and completed the season with a second- and third-place finish among the state's best.
200 free relay finishes 18th
Sophomore Taylor Sieperda closed out her second high school swim season with a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle at the state meet on Saturday at the Marshalltown YMCA. With two top-3 finishes, Sieperda earned First Team All-State honors.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sieperda, Cassidy Fox, Abby Goodenow and Emma Dau took 18th place with a time of 1:43.33. Pleasant Valley won the 200 free relay in 1:36.15.
Individually, Sieperda improved on her state finishes from last year when she tied for fourth in the 50 free and took sixth in the 100 free. Sara Bentley, a junior from Ames, won the 100 backstroke in 56.89, edging Sieperda's personal best of 57.80. In the 50 free, Sieperda swam her second-fastest time ever (23.92) but finished behind Waukee's Maddie Gehrke (23.34) and Maddy Burnham of Bettendorf (23.72). Gehrke also beat Sieperda in the 50 free at the regional meet.
While the high school season is over, Sieperda will continue swimming competitively this weekend at the Minneapolis Grand Prix at the University of Minnesota from Nov. 9-11. This meet is part of the USA Swimming Series and will feature Olympic champions Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte.
Sieperda will swim in three events on Saturday and Sunday - the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back.
NOV. 3 - MARSHALLTOWN YMCA
50 Free - 1. Maddie Gehrke, Waukee, 23.34. 2. Maddy Burnham, Bettendorf, 23.92. 3. Taylor Sieperda, Spencer, 23.92.
100 Back - 1. Sara Bentley, Ames, 56.89. 2. Taylor Sieperda, Spencer, 57.80. 3. Victoria Trost, Johnston, 58.20
200 Free Relay - 1. Pleasant Valley, 1:36.15. 18. Spencer (Emma Dau, Cassidy Fox, Abby Goodenow, Taylor Sieperda), 1:43.33.