Mudsock match-ups rarely disappoint in their intensity and level of competition. Tonight’s match up with the Lady Tiger swimmers was no different. In the end, the Royals fell to their cross-town rivals by a score of 108-78, but there was no shortage of stand-out swims along the way.
Royal sprinters lead the way tonight, with Kennedy Fisher taking the 50 Free in 24.77 and Molly Pedersen winning the 100 Free in a season best 52.22. Both girls excelled at the first breakout and turn and never looked back. The team has been focusing on turns quite a bit the last 2 weeks and I think it showed throughout the night across the board. We’ll continue to make that a point of emphasis in training.
Along that same theme, both sprint relays took home wins. The Medley Relay was fantastic with a 1:46.55, particularly impressive as one of the faster times in program history with 4 unsuited girls. Rebecca Ang, Kennedy Fisher, Audrey Crawford, and Grace Newton together held off a strong second place Tiger team.
Fisher and Pedersen teamed up again, this time with Ava Olson and Ashley Saple, to take top honors in the 200 Free Relay. Their time of 1:38.53 nearly eclipsed the team’s top season time put up at the Splash N Clash last month.
One of the most noteworthy aspects of tonight’s racing was the strength of the B relays. Both free relays took home third place tonight; the 200 Free Relay consisted of Mimi Vicory, Avery Witt, Dabin Jung, and Kaleigh Stivers while the 400 Free Relay quartet was Grace Newton, Ava Olson, Mimi Vicory, and Katelyn Kertin. The B Medley Relay was nearly as strong with Makana Goss, Katelyn Kertin, Lauren Bergrman, and Anna Stolle, finishing in the fourth place.
Ava Olson gets tonight’s toughness award. In her 500 she was equally matched with the Lady Tiger in the adjacent lane; the girls traded positions back and forth through the duration of the race, but Ava pulled away on the final 50, her final split a quick 31.69, helping her put up an unsuited lifetime best time of 5:24.58. Not to let that accomplishment rest, she turned around 2 minutes later to help win the 200 Free Relay.
Other notable swims were recorded by Grace Newton in the 100 Backstroke (1:01.27), Audrey Crawford in the Medley Relay (25.77 Fly split), Ashely Saple (24.73 Free split), and Katelyn Kertin in the 100 Breast (1:06.80).
The Ladies travel to Brownsburg HS on Friday and Saturday for the HCC Conference Championships. Diving starts at 3PM on Friday while swimming starts at 9AM on Saturday.