Girls swim and dive gains their second win against Grand Ledge

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Last night the girls swim and dive team competed at Grand Ledge in a rescheduled meet. The girls used their extra practice time wisely and continued to improve day by day leading them to their second win of the season.

Freshmen Allison Meny and Maggie Holt, sophomore Nora Magers, and senior Sydney VanLente began the meet for FHC where they swam in the 200-yard medley relay. With their combined efforts, they were able to take first place with a time of 1:59.87. The second relay of the night consisted of Maggie Holt, Sydney VanLente, freshman Mady Scarlato, and junior Ashley Schenck. These girls represented the 200-yard free relay team where they were able to snag first place with an incredible time of 1:48.18.

“We have been hoping to improve our relay exchanges so we have been working on some exchanges and I think that will really help my future relays,” Ashley said. “Everyone wants to do their best and we all cheer on whoever is swimming at the time even if we just got out of the pool.”

Not only did the relay teams do well, but the individuals had an incredible night as well. Ashley Schenck began the sweep in the 200-yard free, ending with a time of 2:11.14. FHC swimmers gained all possible points in this race after Mady placed second and sophomore Norah Hemsley placed third. Allison continued to stay strong throughout the night. She placed first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:26.05, followed by sophomore Kayla Quach who earned a time of 2:31.97. Nora and Allison had a close race in the 100-yard back where they took first and second with a difference of only 0.72 seconds. Maggie also had some stand-out performances. She placed first in the 100-yard free earning a personal best time of 58.64. Behind her, was Mady who was able to grasp onto third with a time of 59.89.

“I think Mady and I had an amazing 100 freestyle,” Maggie said. “We both got out of the pool screaming and hugged each other.”

Last up were the divers who helped finalize the FHC win. Junior Lily Zorn started off for the Rangers and was able to bring her six dives to a score of 167.90. Later, junior Taylor Greemann earned her second-best score of the season finishing with a score of 172.70 and earning third place. Finally, junior Rachael Yeager was the last FHC diver to compete. She was able to take first place with an outstanding score of 221.15 which is now her personal best. 

“I was really happy with my dives last night, they all felt good, and I got a PR,” Rachael said. “In the next meet, my goal is to add a new dive to help with my conference list.”

There will be select individuals who have earned themselves qualifying scores throughout the season that will be competing in the MISCA Invitational tomorrow Saturday, October 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The next team meet will be on Tuesday, October 11, against Grand Rapids Christian at Calvin University.