Girls swimming’s record-breaking season comes to an end

Mackenzie Keating ‘19

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The Benet Academy girls swim team’s record-breaking season has come to an end. Their regular season was successful, as they ended up advancing to the conference championship due to their regular season performance. The season was filled with two and a half hours of swim practice every day after school, dryland practice at 6:00 a.m. two times a week, along with meets and weekend practices. Besides their hard work, the team participated in many team-building activities, including volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, tailgating before a football game, bonfires, movie nights, and a pasta party before conference.

By the time the season ended, the Redwings had concluded a strong postseason on all levels. The junior varsity team placed fourth at conference. The top 12 finishers included: Caroline Canfield, Megan Dobrolinsky, Rachel Josepher, Emma Kash, Jannette Kazlauskas, Mackenzie Keating, Shannon McGlynn, Grace Norgle, Grace Richards, and Mairead Van Santen.

Similarly, in the freshman and sophomore division, Benet also placed fourth. The top 12 finishers included: Leah Coffey, Carolyn Hicks, Sophia Kash, Kaili Marriott, Molly Norgle, Grace Richards, Delaney Smith, Sara Swanson, Amelia Wheaton, and Jacqueline Yap. Finally, the varsity squad placed sixth overall. The top 12 finishers were: Olivia Bechstein, Mary Craig, Makenzie Devine, Dobrolinsky, Maura Fitzgerald, Josepher, Catherine Meehan, and Paige Smith.

In an exciting Sectionals meet, the varsity medley relay team – Fitzgerald, Tabitha Torres, Meehan, and Devine – achieved a state qualifying time. Their time of 1:46.65 also set a new Benet Academy record. Torres’ 100-meter breaststroke time of 1:07.25 also set a new school record.

In state competition, Benet finished in 25th place, ending the year on a high note. Though they will miss their seniors next year, the strong performance of their younger swimmers suggests that they could repeat their success next season.

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