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CIA has been ranked as one of the top 10% of swim clubs in the nation! USA Swimming ranks CIA 245th out of 2800 clubs nationwide. The ranking is based on our Club Recognition Level 1 rating together with our swimmer performance (we had two Jr National level swims). The #1 spot went to North Baltimore Aquatic Club whose head coach, Bob Bowman, will be an assistant coach at the 2012 Olympics, and whose swimmers include seven former Olympians including Michael Phelps. CIA is the only club in Iowa to...

USA Swimming News: Katharine Ross is ranked #1 in 100 yard Breaststroke for 16 year olds in swims after Sept 1, 2011! Katharine placed 10th at Junior Nationals in the 100 Breaststroke with a finals time of 1.01.77 which is a new best time for her! This was the 4th fastest time in the meet but because 8 girls had faster prelim times Katharine was edged out of the A finals, so could not place in the top 8. While the final placing put her at 10th, the 1.01.77 time...

Larry Welp, longtime swimming official for CIA, retired on 12/31/2011. CIA will greatly miss his experience and wisdom! Larry is a graduate of Davenport West HS and UNI (Master’s Degree in German Literature and Linguistics). When not on deck, he works for Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield as an Enrollment Benefit Analyst. His family includes two daughters and one son, two of whom have been longtime CIA swimmers. In 1995, Larry began officiating for the Northside Otters and has been a CIA/USA swimming official since 1998. During his tenure, he has...

An octet of Central Iowa Aquatics swimmers joined the likes of Olympians such as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Dara Torres and Rebecca Soni at the USA Swimming Grand Prix Meet in Minneapolis. This was one of five Grand Prix events held this year in 50 meter pools around the country and the competition was staged at the University of Minnesota's natatorium over a three-day early November weekend. Swimmers must meet qualifying standards which are nearly as stringent as those for Junior Nationals. The CIA swimmers who attended the meet included:...

Central Iowa Aquatics swimmers put up some fast early season times at the annual DMSF fall invitational held recently at Valley High School. Those performances included some first places for a couple dozen CIA'ers. Lexi Horner, Berit Quass, Riya Chatterjee, Grant Fuhr, and Ed Lichinsky were all multiple individual winners. Horner captured four events in the girls 12 and under division: 100 yard freestyle, 50 and 100 butterfly, and 200 individual medley. Both Quass and Chatterjee nailed a trio of firsts. Quass won the 10 and under 200 free, 50...

More than two dozen swimmers with the Central Iowa Aquatics program qualified with their high school teams for the girls’ state high school swim meet Saturday. See link below for more details. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20111110/COMM/311100020/1124/?source=nletter-news

Central Iowa Aquatics was well-represented at the 2011 Girls State High School Swimming Meet. At least twenty-five CIA swimmers qualified for the meet which was held at the Marshalltown Community YMCA on November 5th. Ames repeated as the state team champion with senior and CIA veteran, Maddie Bro, playing a large role for the Little Cyclones. Bro claimed a three-peat in the 100-yard backstroke, swam legs on two state record-setting relays, and took second in the 50 freestyle. Sophomore McKenna Lynch nabbed two individual crowns for Dowling Catholic in the...

The updated (9/1/11) Iowa State Qualifying Time Standards can be found under the Events Tab - Time Standards - New Q's are marked with an asterisk They are also available on the ISI website under Time Standards tab

Swimmer logs hours in the pool in run-up to Olympic trials Katharine Ross placed first nationally in the breaststroke for her age Link to Jr National Race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaStmjzmC5s&feature=related When Katharine Ross was 9, her coach began to suspect that she had some above-average swimming talent. But even he was surprised last month when Ross, now 16, scored a record-setting finish at the USA Swimming Junior National meet to qualify for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Ross’ 1:10.78 time in the finals of the women's 100-meter breaststroke placed her first in...