Olivia Swalley knew she just had to push herself a little harder during the 200-yard individual medley final of the 2022 Girls State Swimming and Diving Competition.

The Johnston senior approached the state record time of 2:00.33 set in 2012 by former Mason City and University of Iowa swimmer Emma Stougstad. Swalley won the event in 2020 and 2021 with times of 2:03.28 and 2:01.85 respectively and during the 2022 state heats she tied Stougstad’s mark after hitting the wall in 2:00.33.

“I actually know Emma,” Swaley said. “She’s one of the Y(MCA/WCA) coaches so I’ve known her for a while and it was funny to me that we were tied. But I knew I could be a bit tougher in the final.”

After completing the butterfly and backstroke portions of the medley, Swalley knew she was in great shape.

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