Championship Sharks team includes Monticello entries

Dylan Ponder competes in the 100-yard butterfly event for the MACR Sharks at the YMCA State Championships March 7. (Photos courtesy of Timothy Flynn Photography)

Rylee Bauer of Monticello (center) is recognized as the All-Star for the MACR girls’ team at the YMCA State Championships. At left is Jill Flynn, the Monticello coach for MACR. At right is MACR head coach Donald Pirrie.

     Monticello-area swimmers were part of the Metro Area Cedar Rapids (MACR) Sharks swimming team that won the Division 2 girls’ title at the YMCA Swimming Championships March 7-8 in Marshalltown.

     Several Monticello-area boys also competed and secured high placings at the state meet.

     The girls scored 1,047 points to win the title over the Dubuque Dolphins, who were second with 992; and the Spencer Tigersharks, third with 877.

     Results involving Monticello-area swimmers from the state competition follow.



     Karle Kramer sixth in 100-yard freestyle, 59.91; ninth in 200 free, 2:19.60; 10th in 50 free, 27.41; part of first place 200 medley relay, 1:55.26; part of third place 200 free relay, 1:47.65.

     Rylee Bauer 11th in 100 breaststroke, 1:23.86; part of ninth place 200 medley relay, 2:08.08; part of ninth place 200 free relay, 1:55.29.

     Breanna Bauer, part of ninth place 200 medley relay, 2:12.41; part of 14th place 200 free relay, 2:04.14.


     Connor Hynick fourth in 50 backstroke, 30.12; ninth in 100 back, 1:11.787; 14th in 50 free, 25.11; part of seventh place 200 medley relay, 1:56.43.

     Sullivan Flynn 15th in 50 free, 25.29; part of seventh place 200 medley relay, 1:56.43.

     Dylan Ponder eighth in 200 individual medley, 2:34.06; 16th in 100 butterfly, 1:07.94; 16th in 100 free, 59.56; part of seventh place 200 medley, 1:56.43.

     Harrison Ahlrichs 17th in 100 free, 1:00.48.

     Brock Westphal, part of 11th place 200 free relay, 1:54.30.

     Reece Drew ninth in 200 IM, 2:48.30; 16th in 100 free, 58.36; part of first place 200 free relay, 1:40.28.


Team holds


     The MACR swimmers also held a banquet in February to honor its team members, including several from Monticello and surrounding areas.

     Rylee Bauer was presented with the All-Star Award. In the state of Iowa every team nominates a girl and a boy for the award, which exemplifies all that it is to be a YMCA swimmer both in and out of the pool.

     Below is a list of MACR swimmers from the Monticello, Cascade, Anamosa and Wyoming areas who qualified for regional competition, qualified for state competition, and/or earned awards at the team’s swimming banquet in February.


All-Star Award

     Ages 15-and-over: Rylee Bauer.

Regional Qualifiers

(March 21-21, Des Moines)

     Ages 13-14: Harrison Ahlrichs, Reece Drew, Maddy Fischer;

     Ages 15-and-over: Sullivan Flynn, Connor Hynick, Karle Kramer, Dylan Ponder.

State Qualifiers

(March 7-8, Marshalltown)

     Ages 13-14: Harrison Ahlrichs, Breanna Bauer, Reece Drew, Maddy Fischer, Brock Westphal.

     Ages 15-and-over: Rylee Bauer, Sullivan Flynn, Connor Hynick, Karle Kramer, Dylan Ponder.

Time Drop Awards

     Ages 8-and-under: Soren Flynn, 22.46 seconds (first year).

     Ages 9-10: Landri Hansen, 44.57.

     Ages 11-12: Aedan Althoff, 26.26.

     Ages 13-14: Reece Drew, 20.42.

     Ages 15-and-over: Sullivan Flynn, 20.20; Esther Funk, 6.8.

YMCA Core Values Award

     Ages 13-14: Maddy Fischer.



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