2022 Iowa HS State: Waukee Girls Dominate, Olivia Swalley 3-Peats 200 IM & 100 Breast

by Sidney Zacharias 1

November 16th, 2022 High School, News

2022 Iowa High School Girls (IGHSAU) State Championships

  • Friday, November 11 – Saturday, November 12
  • Marshalltown YMCA – Marshalltown, IA
  • Full Results

The 2022 Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) State Championships were held this past weekend in Marshalltown, Iowa. 

The Waukee girls decisively defended their state title, out-scoring second place Dowling Catholic by 134.5 points. They won six of the eleven swimming events contested. Last year was the first time in school history that Waukee took the title. 

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Waukee – 402
  2. Dowling Catholic – 267.5
  3. Johnston – 184
  4. Ames – 156
  5. Davenport Central – 123

Johnston senior Olivia Swalley won the 200 IM for the third year in a row. With a time of 1:58.59 in finals, Swalley demolished Emma Sougstad’s state record from 2012 after tying it in prelims (2:00.33). Swalley was almost six seconds faster than second-place Mallory Kell (2:04.20).

Swalley also completed another three-peat, this time in the 100 breastroke. She touched the wall at 1:01.50, over two seconds ahead of Wakuee’s Willa Hage. The swim was just off Katherine Ross’ state record of 1:01.18, set in 2012. 

Nora Kemp, a junior for Waukee, was also double-event winner. She took first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.85, which marked her first time breaking 1:50.0 in the event. She also took first in the 100 free, narrowly edging Lin-Mar senior Hayley Kimmel by 0.16 hundredths to touch the wall at 51.08. 

Kell, a senior for Waukee, took first in the 100 fly in a close race against Davenport Central’s Hannah Cousins. Cousins led at the halfway point by 0.20, but Kell managed to out-split her in the final 50 by 0.33, taking first with a time of 55.71. 

Swalley, Kimmel, and Kell are all signed to the University of Iowa for next fall. Kemp has also announced her verbal commitment to Iowa, but will arrive in 2024. 

Waukee also took first in all three relays. Payden Rafferty (25.96), Hage (28.57), Kell (24.93), and Haiden Bailey (23.43) combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:42.89, beating out Johnston by over two seconds. Swalley had the fastest breaststroke split of the meet, splitting over a second faster than the rest of the field with a 27.45.

Kemp (24.42), Hage (24.11), Taylor Judas (24.12), and Athieno Wandera (24.04) then took the title in the 200 freestyle relay for Waukee in a final time of 1:36.69, nearly two seconds ahead of Davenport Central. Lauren Valleroy of Davenport Central narrowly held off Dowling Catholic’s Julia Sweetman, who anchored with a 23.86. Ankeny’s Caroline Walker had the fastest split of the event, anchoring their sixth-place team with a 23.29.

Kemp (51.31), Kell (52.54), Judas (52.80), and Rafferty (51.01) combined for the final 400 freestyle relay, winning by almost two seconds for a time of 3:27.66. 

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Former Big10
2 months ago

1:58/1:01 will probably be faster than the top Hawkeye this year. Looks like she could be a gem.