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Dowling Girls Swim and Dive Take the Bronze at High School State!

It was a thrilling weekend of swimming for the girls Swim and Dive team in Marshalltown.

Their incredible team effort made us all very proud to be Maroons. The two day event in which the swimmers’ and divers’ place matters, as the top 16 individual events and relays score. During the Friday diving competition, Allexa Larson captured 12th place, giving us a great starting position for the team points. Diving Coach Saundy Joos, dove at Valley and then Arizona State. Coach Saundy who has been the Maroon’s diving coach for 12 seasons tells us, “Allexa completed her most consistent meet of the season, diving among stiff competition. It was a very tight scoring meet.” That evening, swim prelims were held, and the field of individual swimmers in each individual event was whittled down from 32 to 16 swimmers. On Saturday during finals, the top 16 individuals swam their individual events as well as all 3 relays. In the state meet the relays earn double the points as the individual events, making it so important to have strong legs for the multiple relays.

The finals on Saturday started off in outstanding fashion with the Maroons coming out of the B Heat, dropping 3.63 seconds, taking a 3rd place finish out of 32 relays. The foursome of Clark, Foth, Rounds and M. Carlson touched the pad with a time of 1:47.46. In the 200 freestyle, M. Sweetman placed 5th with a time of 1:54.15. In the 200 individual medley J. Sweetman and Honkamp landed in 3rd and 8th place for the Lady Maroons. While C. Rounds went on to earn a 7th-place finish in the 50 freestyle.

Onto the second half of the meet there were lots of points earned and exciting, fast battles in the pool in both B and A finals. In the 100 butterfly, we saw J. Sweetman and C. Rounds again. Sweetman came in 9th while Rounds finished in 11th. Competing in the 100 freestyle, Dowling was loaded with three swimmers. M. Sweetman finished 3rd, Clark in 10th and M. Carlson rounded out the event in16th. Our 200 freestyle relay team of J. Sweetman, Rounds, Carlson and M. Sweetman came into the meet seeded 9th, but captured 3rd-place in thrilling fashion! All three Dowling swimmers who qualified for state in the 100 backstroke made it to finals. Clark won the B heat placing 9th, freshman Wilcox earned a personal best in 12th and Schultz finished in 15th. The final individual event of the meet was the 100 breaststroke. Both Sophomore Foth and Freshman Honkamp had freaky fast swims finishing 5th and 6th respectively! The future looks bright for these Dowling breaststrokers! As usually happens, the final relay of the day was going to be vital as the swimmers needed to place at least 6th to secure a 3rd place overall finish. The girls knew what they were up against and they rose to the challenge. The squad of J. Sweetman, Worth, Clark and M. Sweetman came out of the B Heat sizzling to finish 4th in the 400 freestyle relay, dropping 8.75 seconds from their Regional 400 freestyle relay time. A time of 3:31.67 secured a 6 point lead over their cross town rival, Waukee. Dowling Catholic garnered a 3rd place bronze victory. Well Done Ladies! Coach Paul Eure, a life long swim coach from across the state, who also swam at Dowling, celebrated the bronze victory in his first year as head coach of the lady swimmers at Dowling. Coach Paul responded to taking home the 3rd place trophy, “With all the uncertainty of the 2020 covid season, I’m quite pleased that the girls were able to complete the season with a state meet. We were underdogs going into it, everyone stepped up where needed, and scored points for the third place. I am very proud of these girls. It was a great end to a tumultuous season.” Other Dowling swimmers competing at the State meet were, Allie Nedved who swam the 500 freestyle in prelims. Ryann Rossi, Bri Evans and Ellie Ronnebaum attended as alternates.

Also present on deck for Dowling Catholic at the State meet was senior Mary Martin who was on the injured reserve list. Martin went into State with the second fastest 100 breaststroke time of the season from across the state. She had state qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. Mary was the defending state champion in the 100 breaststroke. Martin, who is recovering, remained active all season with the team offering support and senior leadership. Thanks M and M!

A special shout out to this class of seniors as they finish up their high school swim careers: Shelby Breen, Ellie Clark, Sarah Grochala, Allexa Larson, Maddie Lawler, Mary Martin, Ellie Ronnebaum, Caroline Schultz, Abby Smith and Mary Sweetman. All have been part of the Dowling team making it to State:

2nd 2017, 2nd 2018, 1st 2019 and 3rd in 2020. What a wonderful accomplishment! Thank you to Chris Pose. Chris has volunteered his time since 2009 where he started taking pics with the Waukee YMCA. In 2012, Chris began photographing USA swimming and high school swimming as well. Over the years Chris has captured many memories through his photos. We are also very grateful to Dowling Catholic President, Dr. Ryan. Dr. Ryan’s support and yearly encouraging personalized letter to State qualifiers recognizing their hard work and dedication is very meaningful.


The Dowling football team made their 8th straight trip to the UNI Dome last Friday night, unfortunately this trip did not end the way the previous 7 did. The Maroons fell in the 4A semi-finals 31-24 to the Ankeny Hawks, in double overtime. The game was by far the best of the playoffs and possibly the best 4A game in the state this season.

After a scoreless 1st quarter the Maroons led 14-3 at the half. Down 3-0 early in the second quarter the Maroons cracked the end zone on 20 yard Zach Schwager TD run; Diego Leon’s PAT made it 7-3 Dowling. The Maroons would score again before the half when Jaxon Smolik found Andrew Lentsch with a 4 yard pass and with Leon’s PAT it was 14-3 Maroons at the half. The lead could potentially been larger with a TD taken off the board on an offensive pass inference call that went against the Maroons and an apparent fumble recovery by Dowling that was ruled an incomplete pass, that led to Ankeny’s only points of the half.

Dowling took the 2nd half kickoff and methodically marched down the field taking nearly half the 3rd quarter clock with them. The drive stalled however and the Maroons came away with no points on the drive. The defensive stop sparked the Ankeny offense as they would score 14 unanswered points to take a 17-14 lead with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. The Maroons were not done and mounted a mammoth 19 play, 69 yard drive that took 8:39 seconds off the clock. The drive stalled at the Ankeny 6 yard line and Jake Calvert was called upon to tie the game, which he did with a 23 yard field goal. There was some holding of breath on both sides as a flag was thrown on the kick. A roughing the kicker penalty would have been a 1st and goal for the Maroons at the Ankeny 3. After a long discussion, it was determined it was only a running into the kicker penalty which would not result in the 1st down and the Maroons took the points and a 17-17 tie. Ankeny did have a shot to win it in regulation but a 44 yard field goal was missed wide left to send the game to overtime.

In the 1st OT, the Maroons scored 1st on a Smolik to Lentsch 10 yard pass, the PAT made it 24-17 Maroons. The Hawks answered with a TD and PAT to send it to a 2nd OT. The Hawks scored 1st and took at 31-24 lead. On the first play of Dowling’s possession in the 2nd OT the Hawks intercepted a pass that ended the game and the Maroons season at 7-2.

It was apparent the Maroons were looking to control the ball and keep the big play Ankeny offense off the field. For the most part they did that as they had nearly a 10 minute advantage in time of possession. Leading the way on the ground for the Maroons was Kham Middleton with 88 yard on 19 carries, Schwager had 39 yards on 8 carries and a TD, and Adam Townsend had 10 yards on 4 carries. Smolik, making his first career start for Dowling, went 9-15 for 105 yards, 2 TD’s and an interception. He also made some big plays with his legs running, converting 3, 3rd down scrambles into 1st downs. Five different receivers caught passes in the game. Louie Brooks led the team with 3 catches for 53 yard, all three were big, 2 were 3rd down conversions and the other was a 4th down conversion. Koah Thompson had 2 catches for 19 yards, Lentsch had 2 receptions for 14 yards, both TD catches, Carson Brown had a catch for 15 and Mack Anderson had a grab for 4 yards. Russell Pearson led the defense with 5 solo tackles , Townsend, Will Herman and Joe Huges all had 4 solo tackles and Pearson, Jalen Pettus-McMullen and Chase Patten all had sacks for the Maroons.


Congrats to the DCHS Volleyball team winning their quarterfinal game at the State Volleyball tournament over Dubuque Hempstead before falling to Iowa City Liberty in the semifinals. Congrats to Emerson Thelen on being named to the All-Tournament team! The Maroons had an outstanding season and we are proud of all the players & coaches!


Congrats to the team on their 13th place finish at the State Meet! We are proud of of the team for an excellent season! State runners: freshman Liv Hall, sophomores Lauryn Frerichs, Sally Gaskell, Meredith Schultz, juniors Maddie Hall, Megan Wainwright & senior Riley O’Halloran.


Congrats to our Boys XC team for their 2nd place finish at the State meet on Friday!! 3 runners were named all staters: Cade Muller, Will Ryan & Jackson Heidesch!

Jackson Heidesch was 3rd overall! Congrats to all on an outstanding season! We are so proud of you!


‪Congrats to the team for completing an outstanding season!! ‬

Cheer, Dance & Vanguard

Thank you to all of our cheerleaders for providing lots of spirit & excitement! Thank you to our dance team for their excellent performances! Thank you to DCHS Vanguard for great music & performances!

Good luck to all of our fall sports teams!

Maroon Crew Fall Sports News Reporters

Kasey Tickel – Coordinator

Ron Gray - Boys Golf

Leslie Schultz - Girls Swim & Dive

Ned Flynn - Volleyball

Katie Wainwright - Girls Cross Country

Cara Ode - Boys Cross Country

Brett Roberts - Football

Molly Maucieri - Dance Team

A BIG thank you to our contributing photographers for use of their amazing photos, especially Chris Pose, Earl Hulst & parents!