Taking on the best team in the state and quite possibly the nation, the Royals provided a night of exciting performances in front of a huge home crowd. They were led by tonight’s captains, Olivia Vicory and Maddie McNarney.
The HSE 200 medley relay of Abby Harter, Molly Robinson, Hannah Pugh, and Bri Saple electrified the crowd early, winning the first event of the meet. The Royals pulled away on Robinson’s breaststroke leg and outraced the Greyhounds the rest of the way to take first. The freshman showed throughout the meet a great ability to bring tenacity and composure to her races and provided several of the meet’s highlights, also sprinting to victory in the 100 breast.
Hannah Pugh took second in the 200 IM and 100 fly in two of the evening’s most tightly contested races. She is making a huge difference as one of the leaders of this team by showing a constant hunger for growth and feedback and bringing toughness to each race.
The Royals divers were once again dominant, sweeping the top three spots. Ashley Sinicropi was tonight’s winner, followed by Halli Siwik and Sarah Ballard. Watch out for these girls – they are among the state’s best and are getting better each day they challenge each other in practice.
Molly Pedersen had one of the season’s best swims, racing to victory in the 500 free in 5:13.84, one of the ten fastest swims in the event in school history. Pedersen is starting to increase her level of focus on details in her races which, matched with her positive attitude and great work ethic, will make her a force to be reckoned with come championship season.
Bri Saple raced to a new best time in the 50 free and was incredibly tough in each of her relay swims this evening. She has been patient as she’s focused on hard work and improving her skillset and is only beginning to realize what she is capable of.
While the Royals ultimately fell to the best team in the state, they raced with confidence and showed what they are capable of. They will build on this great night as they look toward the end of the season.
Thanks to all who supported the Royals this evening and we hope you’ll join us Saturday when we host the Forum Credit Union Holiday Splash ‘n Clash.