Members of the Iowa Lakes Swimming and Diving team can’t wait to start their first full season and they’re willing to lose a little sleep in order to ‘make a splash’ at the first possible second. That’s why they’ll be gathering at the Arthur and Audrey Smith Wellness Center on the Iowa Lakes Emmetsburg campus at 12:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
The National Junior College Athletic Association allows swim teams to officially begin the competitive season at exactly 12:00 a.m. Saturday. Coach Johnathan Jordan says his student-athletes are energized and want to begin.
“At the present time, we are participating in ‘Dryland Workouts’ in our facility, which is currently under construction. Our athletes are now ready to change gears and be practicing in the water every day,” Coach Jordan said.
The public is invited to watch the team in its first practice. Since this is a time the Wellness Center isn’t typically open, those attending are asked to come in through entrance #22. The practice will take approximately 2 hours and visitors are welcome to come and go.
“I’m pleased that our students are excited about starting their swimming season,” Coach Jordan said. “Our first match-up will be Nov. 3 against Iowa Central at Fort Dodge. Our first – and only – home meet will be Friday, January 20, 2012, starting at 5 p.m.
Members on the women’s team include: Emalee Buchholz (Aurora, Colo.), Carmen McCoy (Cedar Rapids), Ashley Nelson (Peterson), Ashley Riggle (Lakefield, Minn.), Jessica Stelle (Storm Lake), Kylee Von Ahsen (Cedar Rapids) and Samantha Wessel (Hales Corner, Wisc.)
Members on the men’s team include: Tyler Brigham (Spencer), Mike Gettemy (Marshalltown), Sawyer Heidesch (Marcus), Matt Howell (Council Bluffs), Vince Kaaret (Alamo, Calif.), Matt Kosbab (Fairmont, Minn.), Nate Lutat (Estherville), Kegan Schlager (Scottsbluff, Neb.), Mike Skiles (Scottsbluff, Neb.), and Mike Wickwire (Marshalltown). In addition, Mike Bell (Davenport) will officially join the team for next season after he returns from military service in Iraq. Bell worked out with the ‘club team’ last year.
This year, Head Coach Jordan is joined by Graduate Assistant Jordan Schrotenboer. Schrotenboer comes to Iowa Lakes from Holland, Mich. He is a graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., with a bachelor’s degree in coaching.
For more information on the Iowa Lakes Swimming and Diving team, please contact Head Coach Johnathan Jordan at 712-852-5209 or 1-800-242-5108 ext. 5209.