We really felt good about this victory as we are trying to provide as many opportunities as possible this week – most of the group that swam tonight will not swim at the Homestead Invite this weekend. So tonight was about giving youth and some less experienced athletes some chances – wow, did they ever make the most of it!
Three freshman and one senior (one of our team captains for this meet) got us off to a great start by winning the first event…the 200 Medley Relay – hats off to Rebecca Ang (9), Ashley Baker (9), Kaleigh Stivers (9), and Laura MacLafferty (12)!
Your Royals did not win any of the next 3 individual events, but every single athlete scored and the Royals were able to use that depth to build their lead going into the diving break. Molly Robinson, Olivia Vicory, Amelia Vicory, Rebecca Ang, Ashley Baker, Olivia Kiley, Laura MacLafferty, Sophia Kegley, and Brooke Baker all played a part in that.
Sarah Ballard, Ashley Sinicropi, and meet team captain Halli Siwik went 1-2-4 in the Diving and then the meet went back to much the same as before the break – these ladies did not win many events, but they did have amazing depth with Makana Goss, Sloane Gardner, and Madison Rossillo scoring some points. This depth showed up in final relays as well with no event wins, but taking 2nd-3rd in both the 200 Free and 400 Free Relays.
This is where some really special swims came into play – the Shamrocks had taken a 2-point lead but two freshman led efforts in the Back and Breast that put this meet out of reach! Rebecca Ang took first in the 100 Back with Makana Goss 2nd and Madison Rossillo 4th. Then Ashley Baker won the 100 Breast with Lizzy McRanor 3rd and Bella Goss 4th. The outcome of the meet hung in the balance on both of these events but these 6 young ladies were just awesome – the place was loud and raucous…it was a great night to be a member of the Royal Nation!
Special kudos tonight go to Anna MacLafferty (selfless dedication and relentless enthusiasm to her team), Maddie McNarney (fantastic season-best performances when we needed it the most), and Sophia Kegley (strong and steady leadership combined with season best performances)! This was a good one and it will lead to others – way to go Royals!!!