The Grand Ledge girls varsity swimming and diving team pulled out a narrow victory over their CAAC Blue rivals from DeWitt this week by a score of 95-88.
The meet came down to the final relay as the team of Kendall Ilieff, Lissa Mueller-Hayes, Taylor Stensen and Ashley Lopez secured the victory in 4:06.16.
Earlier in the meet, race winners included junior Rachael Charlow in the 100 Free and 100 Back, junior Taylor Stensen in the 200 IM and 100 Breast, Grace Haggerty in the 500 Free and Lauren Painter in the diving event.
The team was next in action Saturday afternoon as they looked to defend their crown from last season at the Haslett Invitational. The team had a great showing as they out paced the second place team from Jackson by over 100 points. The team’s 508.5 points are the most the team has ever scored at the meet.
Stealing the show for the team was junior Rachael Charlow, who claimed first place finishes in both the 200 IM and 100 Back. Charlow’s time of 1:02.61 in the backstroke set a new Grand Ledge varsity record, eclipsing a record that stood for 15 years.
Also getting in on the fun was junior Taylor Stensen who claimed a win in the 100 Breaststroke in 1:16.56 for her first individual win at the invite.
Senior tri-captains Grace Haggerty, Ashley Lopez and Lauren Painter all put on a fine show as Haggerty claimed second place finishes in the 200 Free and 100 Free events, Painter claimed second in the diving event with a lifetime best score of 358.80 and Lopez placed sixth and fourth in the 200 IM and 100 Back respectively.
Providing great depth and added scoring punch on Saturday was the sophomore class led by a second place finish in the 100 Breast by Colleen Simon.
Also getting in on the fun was Lissa Mueller-Hayes as she claimed a sixth place finish in the 50 Free and Kendall Ilieff who placed third in the 100 Free. Katie O’Shea swam to a ninth place finish in the 100 Free and Kiley Whetter placed fifth on the diving board.
Freshmen Laura De La Garza and Elizabeth Wood both had breakout meets as well as they scored valuable points for the team. Finally, junior Rachel Kehren held down the distance freestyle events for the squad as she placed third and second in the 200 and 500 Freestyle events.
Haslett Invite Results
Grand Ledge 508.5
— From Coach Ian Townsend