2016 State Champion News Story Below
It was another outstanding season for the 2016 Ames High Girls Swimming & Diving team. The Little Cyclones squad won their 6th state championship on November 5th. The squad has won the Iowa High School State Swimming & Diving title 6 out of the last 7 years. The Little Cyclones tallied 341 points at the end of the day, 144 points ahead of Johnston.
Jayna Misra notched a 3rd place performance in 1-meter diving with a score of 466.15. Joscelyn Buss placed 16th in her first ever state meet and Kaylee Clendennen placed 21st just missing the scoring round. The 17 points in diving was a great way to start the swimming portion of the meet.
The 200 Medley Relay of Jazlyn Horras, Molly Winer, Grace Snyder and Amy Feddersen shattered the state record by over 2 seconds. Their time of 1:43.78 was an Automatic All-American time.
Morgan Rosser placed 10th in the 200 Freestyle along with teammates Olivia Jenks 12th and Brinley Horras 13th.
Sophie Sorenson had a Runner-Up finish in the 200 IM setting a new school record and earning an All-American Consideration time. Jazlyn Horras was 7th and teammate Leah Dietrich was 17th.
Amy Feddersen placed 5th in her 50 Freestyle earning Second-Team All-State honors and earned an All-American Consideration for her performance. Teammates Sabrinna Hegelheimer placed 13th and Molly Winer placed 23rd.
Grace Snyder placed 4th earning a Second-Team All-State honor in the 100 Butterfly while teammates Hannah Dietrich placed 9th and Sarah Bell placed 17th with their swims.
Amy Feddersen had a Runner-Up finish in the 100 Freestyle earning First-Team All-State honors with an Automatic All-American time. Her time was a new school record and was under the current Iowa state record. Olivia Jenks placed 11th in her event.
Morgan Rosser placed 5th in the 500 Freestyle earning Second Team All-State honors while teammate Brinley Horras placed 13th.
The 200 Freestyle Relay of Amy Feddersen, Molly Winer, Sabrinna Hegelheimer were state champions earning an Automatic All-American status and setting a new school record. They time was the second fastest time in Iowa history.
Sophie Sorenson won the 100 Backstroke setting a new state record with her Automatic All-American performance. Teammate Sarah Bell was Runner-Up with her First-Team All-State performance and Jazlyn Horras placed 3rd. This was the first time in school history the Little Cyclones swept an event at the state swim meet.
Molly Winer placed 6th in the 100 Breaststroke earning Second Team All-State honors. Teammates Sabrinna Hegelheimer placed 10th and Grace Snyder placed 14th.
The 400 Freestyle Relay of Sophie Sorenson, Olivia Jenks, Morgan Rosser and Amy Feddersen won the 400 Freestyle Relay setting a new state meet record and earning an Automatic All-American time.
The Ames team scored in every swimming and diving event they competed in, solidifying their State Championship title.
The Little Cyclones squad had a 7-0 Varsity record and won their 8th straight CIC Conference title. All in all, 6 school records, 4 pool records and 3 state meet records were broken during the 2016 season.
Seniors Caitlyn Chellew, Hannah Dietrich, Maddie Funk, Zoe Hamstreet, Aria Lippolis, Eva Scheibe, Grace Snyder all earned Academic All-American honors for the 2016-2017 school year.
Congratulations to a wonderful swimming & diving season!
Coach Dan Flannery
“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self given. Be careful.”
Coach Flannery is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BA in Spanish and will receive his Masters degree in Coaching in Physical Education from Ball State University in May of 2008. He was a member of the ISU Men’s Swim team and captain for the 1998 season. He was a member of the Big 8 Championship team in 1995 and the undefeated team in 1998. Coach Flannery was a high school All-American in the 200 Freestyle and swam for Johnston High School in Des Moines. He has been head coach of the AHS Girls swim program since 2002, and the boys program since 1998.
Social Studies Teacher
15 Seasons as Head Coach
2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Regional Coach of the Year
2008, 2010,2012 Conference Coach of the Year
2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 IHSSCA State Coach of the Year
Coached 89 NISCA All-American Swimmers
Coached 66 NISCA Academic All-Americans
Coached 15 Individual State Titles
Coached 11 Relay State Titles
Coached 146 All- State Swimmers
13 State Record Broken
124-11-1 Varsity Dual Record
115-21 JV Dual Record
The 2015-2016 Ames Girls Swimming & Diving team were named National Champions by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.