For the past two years, the Estherville Eels Swim Team has featured 60-plus swimmers.
The Estherville Eels, encompassing youth ages 5-18, are sponsored by the Estherville Parks and Recreation Department and the Regional Wellness Center.
This season over 30 swimmers have qualified for the Greater Iowa Swim League State Meet in Marshalltown Iowa on March 15.
Members of the 2014 Estherville Eels Swim Team (not in picture order) are Jasey Anderson, Lily Anderson, Zach Anderson, Brianna Birkland, Blake Bresler, Raine Burton, Lynzie Burton, Parker Duitsman, Warren Duitsman, Bennett Duitsman, Brendan Finley, Brynn Finley, Bridget Finley, Gavin Gesche, Griffin Gesche, Tessa Grace Haack, Lilly Hanks, Isaac Hanson, Emma Harvego, Thomas Harvego, Cathryn Houge, Michael Houge, Tristan Howard, Blake Ingvall, Levi Jensen, Nevaeh Koppman, Neil Kropf, Natalie Lausen, Nick Leonard, Grace Lutat, Faith Lutat, Katilyn Myers, Taylor Meyers, Evi Nath, Kirsten Natterstad, Jersie NItchals, Jaydan Nitchals, Lilli Nitchals, Maggie NItchals, Zoe Olesen, Kennedy Paul, Ciji Paul, Gabrielle Paul, Emily Paulson, Kaitlyn Pollock, Sydni Quastad, Scarlett Rose, Quimby Ross, Eli Ross, Emma Ross, Kaden Russell, Cara Schiltz, Ryan Schiltz, Alyssa Schmaus, Abbie Schmaus, Emma Stevens, Haylee Stokes, Jordyn Stokes, Ava Thompson, Piper Thompson, Eli Tim, Madison Valen, Matthew Valen, James Williams, Leah Williams.
Eight swimmers have also qualified for the Midwest Regional Meet, which will be held at the University of Minnesota on April 5 and 6.
The Eels had two successful meets this season at the Regional Wellness Center and some very competitive meets in Carroll and Emmetsburg.
"I enjoyed seeing the swimmers progress throughout the season and I'm looking forward to watching the swimmers compete at state" said coach Tony Nath. "I would like to thank all the parents and volunteers who have helped with the program, either by allowing a swimmer to ride with them for an away meet, being a timer at our home meets or helping organize swimmers before a meet".
Co-coach David Nitchals also commented about his time with the program.
"I would also like to thank the swimmers for putting in the time to get better," Nitchals said. "Tony and I only had them a few hours a week. It was their job to put in the extra work if they wanted to be successful swimmers, whether it was working out on their own or studying the technique of other successful swimmers. It has been a successful season and I am looking forward to the future with these swimmers."