MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — When Bettendorf updates it girls swimming record board in the coming weeks, Arianna Ottavianelli will find her name all over it.
Already with school marks in the 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and two relays, Ottavianelli added a couple more Saturday at the Iowa girls’ state meet held inside the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA.
And she’s got two more seasons to eclipse those records.
“I’m always looking at our board and trying to count how many times my name is up there,” she said. “With the freshman-sophomore, varsity and pool records, it will be pretty cool and exciting to see my name all the way across in a couple events.”
Ottavianelli established a new mark in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 4.82 seconds) and was a member of the 200 medley relay that set a school record in 1:46.69.
In all, Ottavianelli made four trips to the podium — runner-up finishes in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke along with a third in the 200 free relay and fifth in the 200 medley relay.
That powered Bettendorf to its second consecutive third-place finish.
“It is where we came in seeded, so I was happy,” Bettendorf coach Mike Ahrens said. “We just didn’t have that spark drop we usually have at the beginning of the meet.
“We had it later in the backstroke. We needed that in the early part of the meet.”
Ames won seven events (counting Friday’s diving competition) to claim its seventh state championship in the past eight years with 384 points. Dowling Catholic was second with 271.5 points and Bettendorf took third at 203.5.
Pleasant Valley, led by a runner-up finish from senior Aviana Zahara in the 100 backstroke, placed seventh with 140.5 points.
Central Iowa dominated the top of the awards stand. In addition to Ames, Dowling had three wins and Ankeny collected the other two.
Ottavianelli dropped more than four seconds in the IM from last year. She shaved 3.2 seconds in the 100 breaststroke from 2016.
“I’ve been trying all season to get the school record in the 200 IM,” she said. “The 200 IM is my best event, and it was the only one I didn’t have. So I’m very happy with that.”
“Runner-up finishes are nothing to complain about,” Ahrens said. “She dropped a lot of time from last year. If she does what she did in the offseason and comes in next year where she came in this year, as far as level, she should compete for championships.”
Alexis Beine, Emily Van De Wiele and Megan Greenley joined Ottavianelli on Bettendorf’s third-place 200 free relay. Sami Roemer, Ottavianelli, Beine and Greenley comprised the fifth-place medley relay.
Van De Wiele came out of the first heat in both the 100 and 200 freestyles to finish sixth. She swam season bests in both races, 1:53.13 (200) and 52.04 (100).
“I didn’t do so hot at regionals, so I’m just glad I made it to state with those times,” she said. “The energy at state is different, and I was definitely feeling better this weekend. That helped.”
Lauren Tumey earned Bettendorf’s other spot on the awards stand. She placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke out of Heat 2 in 1:06.05.
Bettendorf graduates just two state qualifiers in Sammie Galvin and Eve Berg.
“We should be able to do it again or score even higher next year,” Van De Wiele said. “We are getting some good freshmen, and our sophomore and junior classes are only getting better.”
“Next year, we should be a year stronger, a year older,” Ahrens said.
Zahara started her swimming career at Alleman. But midway through her sophomore season, she transferred to PV.
In her last high school state meet, Zahara had four top-seven finishes — second (100 back), fourth (200 medley relay with Emily Goodman, Libby Staver and Christy Bishop), sixth (400 freestyle relay with Lauren Groenenboom, Perapa Chotiprasidhi and Staver) and seventh (50 free).
“I wish I could have done a little better and dropped a little bit more time, but I’m really hard on myself and noticed a few flaws in my races I wish I could have avoided,” Zahara said. “I stayed around my best times.”
Zahara finished the 100 back in 56.51, almost two seconds behind Ames’ Sophie Sorenson, who won a maximum four events and will continue her career at Kentucky next season.
“I’m happy with the transition to PV,” said Zahara, who plans to swim at Augustana next fall. “It was a great group of girls that pushed me every single day in practice, in lifting and swimming.
"To get a chance to go from a team of one (at Alleman) to a huge team that I can train with every day was really good.”
Staver was fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 500 free.
“I definitely think we have more potential than what we swam with today,” Staver said. “We definitely can get higher, but we did a good job of staying together as a team. We’re not going to get down about it. We’ve got to use our weaker spots today and improve on them for next year.”
Davenport West’s Courtney Schaeffer, the MAC swimmer of the year, was ninth in the 50 free (24.51) and 12th in the 100 free (54.12).