Shannon Linder

Oskaloosa's Shannon Linder races at Newton.

NEWTON — It’s already been a busy week for the Oskaloosa girls swim team. They competed against strong competition in Williamsburg on Monday before turning around for a double dual in Newton against Fairfield and NCMP.

Grace Moore had herself a couple of strong finishes at Williamsburg that put her into the top 10 in school history in a couple of events.

She started by placing fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 1:15.84, good for third in school history. Moore than placed sixth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:22.08 placing her in ninth in school history.

Shannon Linder also showed well in the 100 backstroke, placing third with a time of 1:20.21.

Sophia Dykstra placed second in the 100 breaststroke before helping Osky’s 400 free relay to a third place finish at 4:43.69.

“This was a mentally challenging meet for our girls,” head coach Makenzie Kauffman said. “I was incredibly proud of how the girls rebounded for our meet at Newton the next day. Where as we were out-touched and out-raced in quite a few races at Williamsburg, I saw the girls actively reverse that trend.”

At Newton, Oskaloosa would place well in the 200 free with Dykstra taking second at 2:23.12 (fifth all-time) with Linder finishing not far behind in fourth. Dykstra would also finish third in the 400 free and help the Indian’s 400 free relay to a fourth place finish.

Moore would grab third in the 200 IM with her time of 2:53.21 putting her in seventh in program history.

Osky’s 200 free relay claimed third place behind Gwyneth Utterback’s huge anchor where she swam a PR 33.38.

Utterback along with fellow freshman Emma Adams received praise from their head coach for their improvements so far this season. Utterback has clipped her 100 free time down by 25 seconds and Adams has stepped up to swim butterfly in the medley relays as well as drop her freestyle times.

“They were not deterred by the longer meter pool at Newton, and instead of slowing at the end due to a longer pool, they amped it up, showcasing some of the best finishes in races we have had this season,” Kauffman said.

Oskaloosa now has some time off before heading back to Newton on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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