Swimming at home for the first time this year, the Fort Dodge girls ran into an elite squad in Dowling Catholic.
The Maroons swept the individual and relay events, claiming a 149-36 dual meet victory in the Dodger pool Tuesday evening.
For first-year head coach Rosie Ellendson, this meet was all about testing the waters against a state contender in Dowling.
"I know that the score might not show it, but our girls came out and swam several personal bests," Ellendson said. "We knew that this was going to be a tough match, but I was proud of the effort we showed.
"Being able to swim against a team like Dowling is only going to help us in the long haul."
Angie Ellendson paced the Dodgers with a runner-up performance in the 200 freestyle. Ellendson, a senior who has competed at state in the past, finished in 2:14.56. She also picked up a fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:10.90).
Sophomore Elli Russell picked up two fourths in the 200 freestyle (2:31.46) and 100 backstroke (1:15.83), as did junior Alyssa Nehring in the 50 freestyle (28.54) and 100 freestyle (1:06.14).
"Alyssa posted some times that she has never posted in her career, so that was a positive," Ellendson said. "She's never broke 29 seconds (in the 50 free), so I know she was excited to do that.
"And Elli had a great night, as well. We just need to continue to build and get back in the pool and swim again."
Katy Bocken, a senior, was fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:53.26), freshman Ashley Graham placed fourth in the 500 freestyle (7:14.21) and junior Shay Saathoff claimed fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:24.44).
Graham also picked up a second place performance in the junior varsity 200 freestyle (2:35.97).
The Dodgers return to action on Thursday at Des Moines North.