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Stars propel Iowa City West to MVC girls' swimming title

Aurora Roghair named Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year

MARION — There are a couple of ways to win a conference swimming meet.

Sometimes a team relies on depth. Another method involves having a standout or two perform at their best, racking up points.

Iowa City West employed the latter, leaning on sophomore Aurora Roghair and freshman Scarlet Martin to claim the Mississippi Valley Conference girls’ swimming championship Saturday at Linn-Mar Aquatic Center.

Roghair and Martin each won two individual events and were also part of a pair of winning relays as the Women of Troy finished with 334 points. Cedar Falls was second with 296 followed by Cedar Rapids Kennedy (254).

Roghair, who was named the Athlete of the Year in the Mississippi Division, was particularly impressive, setting a pair of meet records in winning the 200-yard freestyle (2:08.31) and the 500 free (5:02.43).

The Athlete of the Year honor caught Roghair a bit by surprise.

“It was really cool to hear my name called,” she said. “I was not expecting that at all.”

West Coach Byron Butler, whose staff was honored with the divisional coaching honor, was not at all surprised by what he saw from his standouts.

“They came in here expecting to win their races,” he said. “They kept focusing on their technique and improving their times. Aurora had two great performances, her best-ever in-season performances unrested.

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“Scarlet was right on her best times from early in the season at the City High Invite,” Butler said. “They just stepped up and did some big things today and it was awesome.”

Martin won the 200 individual medley (2:08.31) by five seconds and went 1-2 with teammate Lily Ernst in the 100 butterfly, winning in 58.89. Ernst was just behind at 59.30.

They were also part of winning efforts in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

“I think we both just tried to do our best and whatever happens, happens,” Roghair said.

Martin echoed those sentiments.

“We just wanted to score as many points for our team as we could,” said the freshman swimming in her first MVC meet.

“It is more of a team focus than it is with club. It’s so much fun getting to cheer for teammates. It is such a different environment.”

Dubuque Senior’s Anna Pfeiffner, who shared Valley Division Athlete of the Year honors with Cedar Rapids Washington diver Ayala Taylor, was also a double winner, taking titles in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Iowa City High’s 200 medley relay (1:50.41) and Cedar Falls’ Grace Frericks in the 100 backstroke (58.01) also set new meet records.

Kennedy used its depth to edge Dubuque Wahlert for third. The Cougars’ best finishes were a third-place finish from Taylor Matta in the 500 free and a third in the 400 free relay.

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