Hats off to the #4 ranked HSE Lady Royals Swimmers and Divers – while they ultimately lost this meet to the fifth ranked Homestead team, it was a fantastic battle all day long. Homestead really got us a week ago, but today was totally different and much closer.
We have to credit some great leadership from Hannah Pugh and DaBin Jung as they were vocal before the meet and then backed that up with great racing in multiple events. Meet team captains Abigail Groom and Kayleigh Witt led this team from the front today – they were completely engaged with the scoring, their teammates, and showed a presence on deck that we needed!
Molly Pedersen continues to climb the ranks towards being one of the elite swimmers in the state – she is training at a high level and being 100% accountable at all levels. She won two events today for the Royals – bringing home first place in the 100 and 200 Free. The Royals other individual event winner today was Molly Robinson – she took the victory in the 100 Breast and is beginning to evolve into a very tough competitor. The Lady Royals also won the 200 Medley Relay with Abby Harter, Molly Robinson, Hannah Pugh, and Molly Pedersen touching the wall in 1st place.
We saw some great racing today – 1) In the 100 Fly, Kaleigh Stivers was losing at the 75, but absolutely crushed the last 25 to win her heat and give the Royals a real boost, 2) Bri Saple was once again a real handful for anyone who got in her way today, and 3) Sloane Gardner had an outstanding 500 Free that got better and better as it went along.
The coaching staff is very proud of the effort we saw today and this team will grow from this. This closes a really tough 3-week period of racing Just like last year, we are watching this team come together at the right time. While the classroom is always a focus for this group, our training will definitely become less intensive so that these young student-athletes can show their competitive spirit with academic finals. Thanks for some great support Royal Nation – the ladies will be back in action for the Annual SIG (Southern Indiana Get-away) and 3 more meets just after Christmas.