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MASON CITY – While the Mason City girls swimming team dropped its final home meet of the season to West Des Moines Valley on Tuesday, the meet and the score took a back seat as Mason City fans saw eight Mohawks complete their home careers.

Mohawk swimmers won three events on the night, but the Tigers took the team score 64-37.

Of the eight seniors making their final home appearances, four – Joellen Andrade, Natalia Cadena, Lauren Dettmer and Gwen Wollner – were four-year performers for Mason City coach Steve Hugo.

Halie Westendorf, Alexia Davis, Natasha Orton and Kenzie Wood also completed their home careers.

On this night, though, the bulk of the Mason City points came from underclassmen, including junior Thea Lunning.

Lunning won the 100 butterfly in 1:05.29 and swam a leg of the victorious 400 freestyle relay.

Paige Braun, a sophomore, won the 100 backstroke and also figured in the 400 freestyle relay.

Nia Litterer and Madison Braun also appeared on the 400 freestyle relay.

The Mohawks added second-place finishes in seven events, including the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

“It’s hard to believe it is the end of the dual season,” Hugo said. “I’ve got a good idea what we are doing for regionals. I think we are going to be all in on the three relays.”

Mason City is off until Oct. 19 when the Mohawks will head to Fort Dodge for the CIML conference meet.

The Mohawks will travel to Johnston for the regional meet on Oct. 28.


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