Johnston Swalley was named the 2012 All-Iowa girls swimmer of the year ( News Iowa )

Olivia Swalley knew she had to push herself just a little harder to reach the 2022 girls state swimming and diving finals in each of the 200 yards.

The Johnston senior tied the state record time of 2:00.33, set by former Mason City and University of Iowa swimmer Emma Stougstad in 2012. Swalley won the event in 2020 and 2021 with respective times of 2:03.28 and 2:01.85 and during the 2022 state preliminaries mark Stougstad tied it after touching the wall in 2:00.33.

“I know Emma,” said Swalleius. “The Y(MCA/WCA) coaches are the same, so we’ve known her for a while and it was funny to me that we tied. But I knew I could go a little harder in the finals.

After finishing the butterfly and the back part of the fargago, Swalleius knew that she was in great shape.

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