Girls swim dives through Washington

Girls swim won first meet of the season, 120-60


Chris Barnett

Leilani Mansy dives into the pool to start the first leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay during the home meet against Washington, Dec. 8. Her performance qualified her for state.

Chris Barnett, Sports editor

In the first meet of the year the Girls Varsity Swim and Dive Team dominated Washington, 120-60, Dec. 8.

In the first event, the Wildcats took second and third with their best relay being disqualified when the team could not finish the race because of injury.

The lady Aquacats swept the top three spots in the individual event for the 200-yard freestyle with Emma Salter, Carly Burner and Tori Elson swimming well.

“It’s nice to get all three spots because you can get a lot of points for the team,” Burner said. “When you get 1,2,3 you feel like you accomplished something.”

Sarah Mink, diving, had a good meet, as well.

“Our diving was outstanding today,” Ms. Sharon Wasson, head coach, said. “Sarah Mink was able to qualify for state.”

The Wildcats also took first in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Leilani Mansy, Salter, Gabby James and Megan McSalley swam their first relay of the season.

“The 200 free relay is one of my favorite events.” Coach Wasson said. “It’s the most exciting race. I thought we did exceptionally well.”

Mansy was able to qualify for state in the first 50-yard leg in the relay.

“There were some really nice surprises,” Coach Wasson said. “Leilani easily got her state cut.”

McSalley took first in the 100-yard backstroke, followed by Mansy placing first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

“It was nice to win,” Mansy said. “It wasn’t my best time, but it was fast enough to win.”

The lady Aquacats were very pleased with their first meet of the year.

“You don’t always know what you’re going to get in the first meet of the year,” Coach Wasson said. “We did a lot better than I even thought we would do.”

The Wildcats will hope the performances from this meet will carry over to the Summit Quad, Dec. 11.