Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Greely girls finished in second place in the Class B swimming and diving championships Tuesday, and Ccoach Bob Hale looked as pleased as he was Monday when his boys' team won the state championship.
“If you asked me in December if we’d be in this position I’d laugh at you,” Hale said after the girls' meet. “We had freshmen and sophomores who weren’t even close to qualifying, and then they ended up scoring.
“One girl qualified in the last meet. She was seeded last and she ended up scoring.”
Hale was referring to freshman Katie Bacall, who qualified for the consolation finals in the 100 freestyle and finished 15th overall, in 1:03.04.
WAYNFLETE QUALIFIED five swimmers for the consolation and championship finals of the Class B girls' state meet. The small group totaled 223 points for fourth place.
Colby Harvey (first in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly) led the group, followed by Amelia Deady (second in the 200 and 100 free), Ellen Silk (second in butterfly and third in 500 free), Walker Foehl (third in 100 backstroke and fourth in 50 free) and Sofia Caning (12th in 200 free).
The foursome of Harvey, Deady, Silk and Foehl set meet records in the 200 free relay (1:40.13) and 400 free relay (3:41.00).
“We’re all juniors,” Harvey said, “so we can go (for the state records) next year.”
The 200 free relay state record is 1:39.41 (Falmouth, 2006), and the 400 relay record is 3:40.61 (Greely, 2011).
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