On Monday, Jan. 30, senior diver and swimmer Amanda Bradley placed in the GGCL diving meet for the fourth time, finishing third in her league. She also placed 2nd in the 100 backstroke race, though it was only her second time swimming the event.
Bradley has found success in both swimming and diving after picking up the sports for the first time her freshman year. She has advanced to the diving state meet for the last two years, barely missing the cutoff her first year. Bradley has also been one of the four members in the women’s 200 meter freestyle relay. For her final year on the team, Bradley said she hopes to finish strong, but wants to focus on enjoying the experience.
“I’ve had a great time these last four years,” Bradley said. “I’ve really learned a lot. I’ve also gotten to make new friends, especially during diving when I practiced with girls from other schools. Swimming and diving have been a great way for me to stay in shape for pole vaulting, and I just hope I can end my career on a high note.”
After winning the GGCL league meet for the third year in a row, the Women’s Swim Team hopes to advance after the sectional meet.
Competing alongside Bradley in the 200 meter freestyle relay in sectionals will be senior Michelle LeMaster, who individually finished 2nd in the GGCL 50 free race and 3rd in the 100 free race.
Also placing were seniors Rebecca Heise and Molly Hiltz, who were ranked 1st and 2nd in the 100 breaststroke race. Head Coach Cindy Weeks has high hopes for the women’s relays, and thinks there is a good chance for the 200 meter freestyle, the 400 meter freestyle, and the 200 meter medley to advance to districts.
The Men’s Swim Team placed second in the GCL meet despite only having five members. Senior Kevin McCarthy finished 1st in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, an event Weeks expects will take him to the State meet.
Senior Patrick Rehl placed 3rd in the 200 free race and 1st in the 500 free race, while senior Adam Zalewski was ranked 1st in the 100 free race. Weeks also thinks the men’s 200 and 400 free relays have a good chance of moving on to Districts.
“For my last year on the team, my goal is to go to districts individually as well as in my relays,” Rehl said. “During my four years on swim team, I’ve loved how fun the team was and getting to know a large variety of people. I highly encourage people to consider joining swim team.”