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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa | Sioux City’s boys swimming team entered Saturday’s state meet with the fourth-fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay.

When action in the event finished Saturday at the Marshalltown YMCA, this Sioux City relay took third, the highest-ever relay finish at state for the program in Eric Hoak’s five seasons as head coach. The third-place event highlighted the day for the Spartans, who took 13th in the final team standings, scoring 71 points.

Sophomore Cody Ott led off the 200 freestyle relay. Seniors Nathan Gobell and Brenndan Gorski swam the second and third legs, respectively, while sophomore William Rankin covered the anchor for a foursome that was clocked in 1:26.75.

It was the best time for the Spartans in this event this season, topping the first-place 1:27.43 they recorded the previous Saturday at the district meet in Fort Dodge. Incidentally, this was the time that Sioux City recorded a year ago while placing seventh at the state meet with Gorski and Rankin swimming the second and third legs, respectively.

Rankin took 10th in the 100 freestyle (48.31) while Gorski was 20th (49.33).

Gorski, a Morningside swimming recruit, also finished 13th in the 50 freestyle (22.27) while Gobell took 14th (22.29).

Gobell took 14th in two more events, the 100 butterfly (53.77) and as part of the 200 medley. George Hubbard, Albert Pham and Ott also competed on a relay that was clocked in 1:39.32.

Rankin added a 16th-place 55.41 in the 100 backstroke. He also swam the anchor leg in the 13th-place 400 freestyle relay (3:16.66), preceded by Gorski, Hubbard and Pham.

Sioux City matched the 13th-place team finish from a year ago. During the regular season, the Spartans won the Missouri River Activities Conference championship, the Des Moines Hoover Invitational and were 8-0 in duals.

Waukee, paced by Zach Linder, the winner of both the 200 freestyle (1:40.72) and the 100 freestyle (45.81), won its second straight state title, outscoring Bettendorf 225-153 in the battle for first place.


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