Grand Ledge swimmers clear big hurdle

Grand Ledge swimmers clear big hurdle


Grand Ledge swimmers clear big hurdle



The girls varsity swimming and diving team cleared a big hurdle in their quest to a CAAC Blue Championship when they defeated perennial league powerhouse Okemos 99-86.

The team was powered by the strength of its relays as the team claimed first place in all three relays. The night was kicked off when the team of Rachael Charlow, Taylor Stensen, Ashley Lopez and Lissa Mueller-Hayes claimed a first place finish in the 200 Medley Relay in a time of 2:00.77.

Stensen and Mueller-Hayes were then joined by Rachel Kehren and Grace Haggerty for a win in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a winning time of 1:48.78.

Finally, the team of Haggerty, Kehren, Lopez and Charlow captured first place in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:54.88. The highlights during the meet were many as both teams achieved fantastic swims throughout.

The 200 Freestyle Relay saw junior Rachel Kehren close out the race by hanging on against a hard charging Okemos swimmer for the narrow victory. Junior diver Lauren Painter capped a strong week for her with a score of 207.25 and a second place finish.

Junior Rachael Charlow continued her strong season as she captured second in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Backstroke. Seniors Marisol Dempsey and Lydia Bayley both had tremendous 500 Free swims as Dempsey claimed fourth and Bayley claimed fifth, both picking up big team points.

The sophomore class was again mighty in their contributions as Kiley Whetter placed third in diving with a season best score of 164.65. On the swimming side of the pool Lissa Mueller-Hayes, Kendall Ilieff, Lillie Butkovich and Colleen Simon all had season best performances that contributed to the team victory.

The win pushes the team’s record to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the CAAC Blue.

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