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Iowa City West Swimmer Is Runner Up In State Breaststroke

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa Savannah Butler of Iowa City West had the best individual finish by an area swimmer Saturday at the state swimming meet, and the Women of Troy had the best team finish.

Butler was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.97 at the Marshalltown Community Y, nearly 5 seconds behind a blistering state record of 1:01.18 by Katharine Ross of Des Moines North. Iowa City High's Lizzie Brown finished fourth in the breaststroke in 1:06.38.

"I really didn't have any expectations at all going into this meet," Butler said. "I just wanted to have fun and support my team and do the best I could for them. It's surreal right now."

Ames was the team champion with 274 points, 50 points better than runner-up Pleasant Valley. West was 10th with 106 points. Other area finishers were Cedar Rapids Kennedy in 14th, Linn-Mar 15th, Cedar Rapids Washington 22nd, City High 25th and Decorah 32nd.

Other top-eight performances by area swimmers were Jackie Hughes of Cedar Rapids Washington in the 500 freestyle, a seventh-place finish by Cedar Rapids Kennedy (Hannah Botkin, Sam Jacobsen, Megan Berst, Jessica Schmeiser) in the 200 freestyle relay in a school-record 1:39.70, and an eighth-place finish by Iowa City West (Lilian Zhu, Butler, Sarah Ritchie, Eveline Dowling) in the 200 medley relay in 1:50.77.

In the diving Friday night, Iowa City West's Jacintha Thomas was fourth, and Alyssa Deuso of Linn-Mar was eighth.

"Terrific day," Kennedy Coach John Ross said.

"The girls worked hard, we ended up being the top team in the Metro and that made a world of difference."

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