Girls swim and dive continues to look for a win

Charlotte Stephan

More stories from Charlotte Stephan

Goodbye FHC
May 31, 2023
Keyan Roelfzema
May 3, 2023
Gibson Wierenga
May 3, 2023
Girls swim and dive continues to look for a win

The girls swim, and dive team is over halfway through their season, and they were looking for a much-needed win last night against a top-tier Northview team. Although they couldn’t hold onto first place, the girls still had an outstanding meet.

The meet started with the 200-yard medley relay, where freshmen Maggie Holt and Allison Meny, sophomore Nora Magers, and senior Sydney VanLente earned four points for the team, placing second with a time of 2:00.37.

Later, sophomores Norah Hemsley and Kayla Quach, junior Ashley Schenck, and Allison Meny competed in the 200-yard free relay, where they earned second place with a time of 1:55.37.

“Throughout the team, there have been lots of ups and downs, but I am so grateful for all of the positivity the girls have shown this year through their energy and actions,” Kayla said. “Even though we lost, I am very proud of the effort displayed by the girls while swimming and cheering on the team!”

Next were the individual races, where many of our athletes showed incredible talent. After placing second in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard fly, Allison showed her strength again. Ashley also made major contributions to the team after she placed third in the 50-yard free and second in the rigorous 500-yard free with a time of 5:50.33.

After taking the previous meet off, Sydney VanLente returned strong and showed everyone what she was capable of. She placed first in the 100-yard free with a time of 55.78. She also swam her way into first place in the 100-yard breast, earning a time of 1:14.01.

“It was a tough meet for the team because Northview has some really talented swimmers, but overall I feel everyone individually did well,” Sydney said. “My times were decent with where we are in the season, and I can’t wait for the next meet to try and get better.”

The girls diving team also had a successful night. The four juniors, Rachael Yeager, Jia Niemeyer, Taylor Greemann, and Lily Zorn, were all able to place in the top six of eleven competitors. An outstanding score of 181.75 by Rachael was able to bring four more points to the team total.

“The team is so small, so it is hard to beat our bigger competitors even if we have a good meet,” Lily said. “The diving team is definitely working hard and improving each week, and it definitely shows.”

With only seven meets left, the girls hope to keep improving and go out looking for a win. The next meet will be on Thursday, September 29, at the Forest Hills Aquatic Center at 6:30 p.m.