The varsity swimming and diving team kicked off the dual meet portion of their season with mid week wins over Battle Creek Central and Haslett High School by scores of 119-67 and 117-69 respectively.
Leading the team against Battle Creek Central was the tandem of Lauren Painter and Grace Haggerty. Haggerty claimed victory in the 50 Free (26.83) and swam to victory by swimming the 3rd leg of the 200 Freestyle Relay.
She was joined in that relay by juniors Rachael Charlow and Rachel Kehren and sophomore Lissa Mueller-Hayes. Painter claimed her first win of the season by capturing the diving with a score of 185.35. Junior Taylor Stensen also had a successful meet as she claimed victories in both the 200 Freestyle (2:11.18) and 100 Backstroke (1:11.89).
Seniors Ashley Lopez and Marisol Dempsey both had a big early season meet as well as Lopez claimed wins in the 100 Free (1:01.61) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:21.65). Dempsey notched a win in the 500 Freestyle for her first win of the season (6:21.32).
The team was next in action with cross-town rival Haslett High School. Last year’s meet came down to the last event and this years meet, while not quite as close, provided plenty of action. Lauren Painter continued her winning ways as she claimed the diving event with a score of 200.35.
Rachael Charlow claimed victories in the 200 Individual Medley (2:20.37) and 100 Backstroke (1:03.93). Senior captain Grace Haggerty claimed two wins as well in the 200 Free (2:07.88) and 100 Free (58.85).
Juniors Taylor Stensen and Rachel Kehren both won one event each as Stensen claimed the 50 Freestyle in 26.86 and Kehren swam to victory in the 500 Free in 5:43.72. Other big contributors in this meet included sophomores Kendall Ilieff and Colleen Simon.
Both girls provided great depth and are making an impact at the varsity level. Sophomore diver Kiley Whetter is emerging as a force to be reckoned with inside the CAAC Blue Conference. Freshman Laura De La Garza and Elizabeth Wood are both making giant strides and look to be big contributors down the road.
The team is back in action next vs St Johns.
By coach Ian Townsend