Your Lady Royals were split today – while the divers stayed local at a meet held be Fishers High School, the swimmers headed north to Homestead High School. This is not an ideal situation but something that happens each year and allows more opportunities for both groups to compete at the highest level against really good competition.
The divers had a solid day competing in the state format of performing an 11-dive list – placing 4 divers in the top 8: Sarah Ballard was 2nd, Halli Siwik 3rd, Ashley Sinicropi 6th and Courtney Broyles 7th. Sarah just missed winning the competition and Halli looks like she is picking up where she left off last year as a state scorer. Ashley and Courtney were just great today and continue to improve.
From a team perspective, this was a rough day for the Lady Royals swimers – finishing 4th in this meet does not meet the historical standard for our program. All three teams finishing ahead of us are top ten teams in the state, but we still wanted to be stronger today.
That does not mean there weren’t some outstanding performances and the enthusiasm was strong for the Lady Royals – fortunately this outcome makes our challenge moving forward very evident.
Bri Saple (sophomore) followed up a super solid set of meets with another outstanding one today – she looks great and is racing fearlessly. Frosh Rebecca Ang was strong in everything she swam today – she looks for ways to crack into the varsity lineup and has been very opportunistic in her approach by using technical gains to make her overall swims better. Ellie Pedersen continues to round into late season form and had a fantastic 200 Free today. Not to be outdone by her sister, Molly Pedersen responded with tough racing in the 100 Free and a 2nd place finish there. One of the best surprises of the meet was Hannah Pugh in the 50 Free – she made this event a focus and a stated goal at the end of last year plus this just makes all of our relays better! Hannah is one of the veteran leaders this team is looking towards right now.
There is no red flag here – the behavior of this team is solid and the character of these young ladies in incredible! We just got a real wake-up call from a perspective of what will be required to finish the season according to the team goals that they have set. The good news is that this group has some experienced leaders who have been down this road before – we will follow their lead and be back on track before the holiday break. Your Lady Royals will be back in action Tuesday as the #1 Carmel Greyhounds come to the HSE Natatorium for our next meet.