Scoreless heading into the last event of the Linn-Mar swimming invitational on Saturday, it appeared that Muscatine might depart empty handed.
A Muskie 4x400 relay team consisting of Renee Kerr, Shelby Grady, Sarah Schoer and Hope Reichert, however, finished 16th in 4:09.39, scoring two points.
Ames won the invitational with 509 points.
"It was a tough Saturday," Muscatine coach Judd Anderson said. "We did manage to score, which was one of our goals. Ames had been a top team for a decade, and Dowling is similar, a very competitive program. Throw in Cedar Falls and Waukee, which is probably on the upswing on everybody, and PV from our has been dominating this side of the state. It was an eye-opener for some of our girls seeing how well they can swim."
Muscatine was forced to compete without a handful of swimmers who were participating in homecoming activities.
Anderson said Tatum Oveson was one of the team's standout swimmers from the meet, swimming a 30:39 in the third leg of the 200 medley relay team that placed 21st and finishing 28th in both the 50 freestyle (30.70) and 100 backstroke (1:14.51).
The Muskies will next compete in a dual meet at Davenport West on Tuesday.