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Before coming into the Bettendorf girls swim program, the butterfly was Megan Greenley's primary event. There was just one problem with that.

"My stroke was pretty terrible and I couldn't hold it for very long -- maybe only 50 (yards)," she said. "There isn't a 50 fly except in a relay, so I became a sprinter because I found my arm tempo in middle school.

"I've been sprinting ever since."

Greenley has evolved into one of the key pieces for the fourth-ranked Bulldogs.

She might not fit the prototype of a long and lean sprinter, but Greenley anchors the 200 medley relay, swims a leg on the 200 freestyle relay and likely will swim the 50 and 100 freestyles at the state-qualifying meet later this month.

The junior tied for 11th at last year's state meet in the 50 free (24.76) and was 12th in the 100 free (53.75).

Bettendorf coach Mike Ahrens calls Greenley "pound for pound the team's strongest girl." She can do more than 15 pull-ups at a time.

"She has an ungodly amount of athletic ability," Ahrens said. "She is a hammer in the waiting. We're still working on some technique with her, but, man, she's a great athlete."

Greenley accounted for four wins in last week's dual win over Pleasant Valley. She claimed the 50 free (25.09 seconds) and 100 free (54.92) along with two relay victories.

Still, Greenley admits she is far from a finished product.

"My starts and turns definitely need some work," she said. "The stuff in the middle is pretty good, but you never have a perfect race except for maybe once in a blue moon."

Senior Emily Van De Wiele and junior Arianna Ottavianelli have helped push Greenley in the pool.

"Not just to be a better swimmer, but a better person," Greenley said. "I look up to all of them. They're really good teammates and good swimmers."

Garcia commits to UNI: Muscatine sophomore Alicia Garcia announced on Twitter Sunday evening she will continue her basketball career at Northern Iowa starting in the 2021-22 season.

The 6-foot Garcia averaged a team-high 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last winter as a freshman. She led the Mississippi Athletic Conference in blocked shots with 42. 

Garcia, sister of former Muscatine standout Leti Lerma, received an offer from coach Tanya Warren's UNI program in late June. Bradley, where Lerma played, extended an offer in August. 

After taking a campus visit to UNI on Friday, Garcia made her decision. 

Van Hecke Center dedication: Muscatine High School will have an open house Saturday to showcase the new Van Hecke Center.

The facility, named after Chuck Van Hecke -- the school's long-time athletic director -- is located near the school's tennis courts and next to the football team's practice field. It features two full-size basketball and volleyball courts, covering more than 13,500 square feet of playing surface. There are 12 basketball hoops.

On the other side of the facility, there is 9,500 square feet of designated space for weightlifting and conditioning drills. 

The open house is from 2-4 p.m. A program will take place around 3 p.m. 

Best in the MAC?: There are three fall sports conference titles expected to be decided in the next seven days. 

Davenport Assumption (27-4, 7-0) and Pleasant Valley (20-5, 6-1) meet Tuesday night on the volleyball court at Assumption. The Knights clinch the league title with a victory. Should PV win, the MAC will come down to next Monday when Assumption travels to North Scott and PV plays Burlington. 

On Thursday, the MAC boys and girls cross country meet is held at Emma Young Park in Clinton. PV is aiming for its eighth straight title and 12th in the last 13 years on the boys side. The Spartans are the defending girls champions, too. 


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Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.