The Royals capped off an outstanding season with two days of competition at the IU Natatorium, placing eighth with 138 points.
What stood out most about this group was the way they supported each other throughout the weekend, helping each other through highs and lows.
Sophomore Molly Pedersen won her first two individual medals of her career in placing seventh in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 free. Her prelims time in the 200 free, 1:50.71, was just hundredths off the school record held by HSE great Carly Mercer. Molly has made so much progress this season in addressing her weaknesses and building new strengths – and she is only beginning to discover her potential.
Abby Harter placed fourth in the 100 back in 54.92, scoring in the top eight for the third consecutive year. It seemed like Abby got better each time she raced over the course of our championship meets and is so close to putting together the perfect race – she continues to prove how special she is in tight races and is so close to leaping to the next level as a competitor.
Hannah Pugh was 10th in the 100 fly (55.77) but perhaps just as importantly, brought great big meet experience and positive energy to our team all weekend. Hannah will leave our program as one of the most successful and impactful kids to have ever worn Royal blue and will continue to leave her mark on our program for years to come. She is always ready for anything and brings an incredible level of focus to everything she does.
Molly Robinson added a 15th-place finish in the 100 breast to round out the Royals’ individual swims on Saturday. Molly is a gritty racer and an awesome teammate – she brings enthusiasm and fun to everything she does and brings a positive attitude to each race, regardless of the outcome.
Sometimes the amazing things that happen on the pool deck at the state meet are harder to see and that was the case for the HSE divers on Saturday. Sarah Ballard finished 11th with 422.50 points, Halli Siwik 16th with 375.75 points, and Ashley Sinicropi placed 27th. While all three girls had their share of successes and tough experiences on Saturday, it was amazing to watch their resolve, mental toughness, persistance, support of one another, and they way they continued to battle despite the challenges of not performing their very best. We are so proud of our divers for so many reasons but above all else, being a great teammate is perhaps the most important thing we could ask for – these girls are above the cut and always place the team before themselves.
The 200 medley relay (Abby Harter, Molly Robinson, Hannah Pugh, Bri Saple) started off the meet with a fourth-place finish in 1:44.28. The 200 free relay (Molly Pedersen, Bri Saple, Ellie Pedersen, Laura MacLafferty) was sixth in 1:36.72, and the 400 free relay (Molly Pedersen, Bri Saple, Abby Harter, Ellie Pedersen) capped off the meet with a seventh-place finish in 3:29.88.
Friday night performances included:
Abby Harter in the 200 IM – 17th, 2:06.94
Bri Saple in the 50 free – 22nd, 24.27
Olivia Harter in the 100 back – 27th, 58.15
Kennedy Fisher in the 100 breast – 22nd, 1:05.91
Congratulations to ALL Royals girls swimmers and divers on a great season!