Girls Dive Team Make History; Girls Swim Team Narrowly Misses School Records at one of the Fastest Class A State Meets on Record

Zahara Kathawalla '15, Staff Writer

There is a unique moment when you dive into the clear blue water when your mind stops and you feel like you can fly. That sensation is what the members of the girls swim and dive teams experienced almost everyday for the past four months. The swim team participated in one of the fastest state meets in the country on November 17-19th. The high school participants included Anna Leslie ’14, Riele Short ’15, Kristyn Siegert ’13, Anna Dworsky ’12, Lauren Rondesvedt ‘14 and Laine Higgins ’13. Blake qualified all three relay teams. Short placed tenth in the 100 Fly. Higgins qualified in the 200 IM and 100 Fly, finishing tenth and twelfth, respectively. The swim team did not place as high as they had hoped, but it did not keep them from swimming personal best times. The 200 Free Relay finished sixteenth in finals. The 400 Freestyle Relay was disqualified at pre-lims, but the 200 Medley Relay almost swam a school record setting time. The Medley Relay missed the record by only .6 seconds and finished ninth. Higgins also nearly missed the school record in the 100 Fly by only .4 seconds. According to Higgins, “The fact that the team was able to be competitive in such a fast meet speaks volumes of the hard work we put in this season.” For the first time in Blake history, two divers, Madeline Carlson ‘15 and Brynne Swearingen ‘15, qualified for the state dive meet. Carlson placed 27th and Swearingen finished in 12th place. The team is excited for next season, and is motivated to work harder and push themselves for next year’s meets!