MARSHALLTOWN — Led by Arianna Ottavianelli grabbing the top seed in the 200 individual medley, Bettendorf qualified eight entries for the championship finals at the Iowa state swim meet preliminaries on Friday.
Included in that total are three events where two Bulldogs advanced in the top eight.
Sami Roemer's eighth-place finish was good enough to move on in the 200 IM with Ottavianelli, whose 2:04.05 topped the field.
Roemer also grabbed the last finals spot in the 100 backstroke with a 57.85. She'll be joined in the finals by teammate Emily Van De Wiele, who finished fifth in 56.20.
Ottavia also qualified in the 100 breaststroke, with her 1:04.34 clocking good for fourth. Teammate Alexis Beine qualified in seventh to join Ottavianelli in the finals.
Beine and Van De Wiele each also will race in a second final, with Beine qualifying fourth in the 100 butterfly and Van De Wiele qualifying fourth in the 200 freestyle.
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Libby Staver was the only Pleasant Valley swimmer to reach the finals, qualifying in sixth in the 500 freestyle.
The Spartans had more luck, however, in reaching the consolation finals. Under the new system put in place this year, the top eight swimmers in the preliminaries will compete in the championship finals while those in ninth through 16th will race in the consolation finals.
Eight Spartan entries will race in the consolation finals, including two from Taylor Buhr (10th 200 IM and 10th 100 breaststroke) and a second from Staver (10th 200 freestyle).
Bettendorf also had three entries qualify for the consolation finals.
The second day of the state meet kicks off today with diving at 10 a.m. The individual and relay finals for swimming will start at 4 p.m.