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YMCA swimming: Gevock breaks three records at state

Mar. 8—OTTUMWA — Piper Gevock continues to re-write the record books at the Iowa YMCA State Swimming meet.

In some cases, Gevock's rewriting the records she's already established. Gevock broke three records this past weekend at the Linda Bloom Natatorium, including her own record in the girls' 11-12 year-old 400-yard individual medley, as members of the Ottumwa Hurricanes claimed championships in five different races with 13 swimmers qualifying for the North Central regional meet.

Gevock lowered her own state-record time in the 400 individual medley by over 11 seconds, finishing Sunday's race in 5:00.69. Gevock also took the win in the 11-12 year-old 200-yard breaststroke, finishing the race in a meet-record time of 2:41.55, before winning the 500-yard freestyle in a record time of 5:31.03.

"She goes out there and does it every time she swims, but it's still surprising when she breaks records like those," Ottumwa Hurricane teammate Penelope Morrison said. "It's also pretty cool to watch. She got first in everything she swam in. It was pretty funny to watch her break her own state record by nearly 12 seconds."

Morrison also brought home a state championship for the Hurricanes in the girls' 11-12 year-old 200-yard individual medley, winning the race in 2:37.08. For Morrison, it was her third straight year capturing a YMCA state title after winning back-to-back 50-yard freestyle titles each of the past two seasons.

"I didn't want to go home without winning something," Morrison said. "I was really tired and I missed my flip turn for the freestyle. That's when I started seeing the other swimmers starting to catch up. Once you see that, you know you need to go faster. Something just kicked in for me on that last lap."

Morrison's younger brother also picked up a state championship on Saturday during the Iowa YMCA boys meet. Louis Morrison posted a winning time of 19.64 seconds in the 8-and-under backstroke, edging MACR's Jaxson Anderson by 0.03 seconds.

"That was pretty exciting. I'm happy for him," Penelope Morrison said. "It's pretty cool when you can support other people and see them have success."

The Ottumwa Hurricanes will have plenty swimmers competing in plenty of events at the North Central regional swimming championships, which will be held Mar. 22-24 at the Linn-Mar Aquatic Center. Both Piper and Trinity Gevock, as well Nathan Calhoun, Jack and Penelope Morrison will all be swimming in seven different individual events, the maximum number of individual events a swimmer is allowed to compete in, while Calhoun and Elliott Zimmeht competing in eight different events including the boys' 15-and-over 400-medley relay.

"I'm pretty pumped up, but also a little nervous," Penelope Morrison said.

— Scott Jackson can be reached at sjackson@ottumwacourier.com. Follow him on Twitter@CourierScott.