Seniors lead Bobcats in final home meet

The Marshalltown boys’ swim team dominated the start and finish of the final home dual of the season Monday. And the middle wasn’t too shabby either.

Winning nine events on the day, the Bobcats grabbed an early lead and then pulled away even more late and sent out the seniors with a 110-60 victory over Mason City.

“It is a Monday so we swam flat today,” MHS coach Mike Loupee said. “We gave them the morning off to rest and when we do that we usually come out groggy. We did tonight.”

Twelve Bobcats swam in their final home meet, including four-year swimmers John Mahlstede and Raymond Dulaney. Dulaney scored four first-place finishes, while Mahlstede won three events and scored runner-up in an other.

“I was pleased with how we competed,” Loupee said. “We raced well today. We set 22 season-bests, 18 lifetime bests and got the win, which is nice.”

The Bobcats jumped out to a 12-2 lead after going 1-2 in the 200 medley relay. The Mohawks (2-6) stayed within eight points until Marshalltown (4-5) pulled away with dominant efforts in the 100-, and 500-yard freestyle and a 1-2-3 finish in the 100-yard backstroke. The Bobcats also went 2-3-4 in the 50 freestyle and 1-3-4 in the 100 breaststroke.

“Those two freestyle events helped us pull away,” Loupee said. “We expected to get that result in the 500 freestyle but were kind of surprised about how well we did in the 100 freestyle.”

Junior Sam Carter and Dulaney had the best nights among all Bobcats as they recorded four first-place tallies.

Carter won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 54.18 seconds, grabbed a win in the 500 freestyle in 5:11.49 then anchored the Bobcats to wins in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

The 200 freestyle relay consisted of freshman Daniel Lothe, Dulaney, senior Connor Cope and Carter and that foursome hit the wall in 1:38.73. The 400 relay unit included senior Paul Landherr, sophomore Blair Van Staaldine, Mahlstede and Carter and they finished in 3:38.83.

Mason City’s No. 3 swimmer Tyler Tweeten closed the gap on the Bobcats to make the race interesting, but Carter extended the lead in the final leg and MHS wound up winning by just less than four seconds.

Dulaney won the 200-yard Individual Medley in 2:15.93 and also hit the wall first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.85.

Mahlstede and Landherr each won three events and Landherr and Mahlstede also each grabbed a runner-up finish. Van Staaldine also was a part of two wins and claimed two runner-up finishes as well.

Dulaney, Mahlstede, Van Staaldine and Landherr were all part of the winning 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:48.93. Mahlstede was victorious in the 100 backstroke in 58.96 and took second behind Landherr in the 100 freestyle. Van Staaldine was second in the 100 butterfly.

Freshman Ryan Hass completed the 1-2-3 finish in the backstroke with a third-place tally, Cope was on the second-place 200 medley relay team and took third in the 50 freestyle, while Lothe took third in the 500 freestyle and senior Alex Heinrichs was third in the 100 breaststroke.

The second-place medley team included senior Conner Beurskens, Cope, freshman Cole Podhajsky and Heinrichs.

The only two events the Bobcats didn’t win were the 100 butterfly and the 50 freestyle.

The 12 senior swimmers honored in their final home meet were Dulaney, Mahlstade, Landherr, Beurskens, Cope, Heinrichs, Colton Fuller, Jacob Heatwole, Francisco Ibarra, Ian Ingram, Alex Mendoza and Blake Mohon. Two senior managers – Tasia King and Bobbie McLain – also were honored.

“You would like to see the seniors to come through on Senior Night and they did,” Loupee said. “The bulk of this class came into swimming late but we are happy to have them. I can’t imagine this lineup without them.”

The group all gave out some of their favorite coach’s quotes and several of the examples may have been statements that Loupee never thought would get out. That is part of the reason why the Bobcat coach likes the senior class so much.

“They are a hard working bunch and a fun bunch to coach,” Loupee said. “I can have fun with them but they also know when it’s time to work. They have a sense of humor, too.”


The MHS junior varsity had no trouble with Mason City, winning 108-10. The Mohawks did not have a lot of swimmers in junior varsity events. … Loupee said the flu has hit the team in recent days. Hunter Barnard swam in a few events before being sent home because of the virus, while Landherr is getting over the flu. “It’s the worst time to get it,” Loupee said. “We have a few more weeks of hard training before we start to taper.” … Dulaney and Mahlstede are both four-year swimmers, while Cope swam for three years. The rest of the senior class took part in swimming for 1-2 years. … The Bobcats next swim at the CIC meet in Johnston on Saturday before traveling to Waukee for the North/East Division Meet on Monday.