The Newton/Pella swim season was a great success in the first year of the sharing program for the boys’ program.
“Our season went very well. The Newton and Pella boys blended together very well and I think learned from each other. They cheered and supported each other and many new friendships were made throughout the season., stated coach David Hook.
“From the meet results you will see that our team won six dual meets and were close in all but one meet. We finished in the top half of all our invitationals except the Bobcat Relays. The team placed fourth in a tough District meet and finished 14th as a team in the State Meet,” he added.
The power of the Cardinals, Dutch and Eagle swimmers helped the squad set eight school records in either meters or yards and the Pella boys were apart of all of them in some way or another according to Hook.
Hook commented, “The boys from Pella were a great addition to the team not only because of their swimming abilities, but their work ethic in the pool and their great attitudes about life in general. They are polite, respectful, funny and a pleasure to coach as are the boys from Newton. They are good students and most swimmers are usually good students because they are dedicated and self-driven. Each boy from Pella made tremendous progress this season, dropping times throughout and finishing off with a great District and State meet.
“I think all the boys except maybe Levi, now owns a school record and some own several records. The future of the program looks good and as far as I know, Pella will be back again next year.”
The swimmers opened the season with a dual win over S.E. Polk in a home meet and it ended at the state meet in Marshalltown.