By Reach for the Wall Staff
High School swimming is back!
Stone Ridge with their partner school Gonzaga (both 2020 Metro champions) hosted their first dual meet of the season last night (11/16) against Good Counsel (co-ed). Stone Ridge outpaced Good Counsel 120-66 and Gonzaga edged Good Counsel 95-74. The meet started with the 1m diving competition, featuring 2020 Metro champion Haley Marshall from Good Counsel against Stone Ridge’s Michelle Mazzara (5th at the 2020 Metro’s). Haley took 1st with a score of 268.85, while Michelle finished second with a score of 220, both executing dives with high degrees of difficulty.
Notable performances in the pool for Stone Ridge came from Eleanor Sun, as she posted wins in her 2 individual events, 200 IM (2:07.16), and 100 Butterfly (57.48) as well as participated on 2 winning relays. Lauren Tucker also posted two individual wins for Stone Ridge, taking the top spot in the 200 Free (2:00.36) and 500 Free (5:14.95) and was on 2 winning relays. Erin Haines was the lone event winner for Good Counsel as she out touched Darby LaFaivre (Stone Ridge) in the 100 Free 55.62 to 55.64.
On the boys side, Good Counsel was led by Sean Santos, who started the meet off as part of Good Counsel’s winning 200 Medley relay team, then was back on the blocks to win the first individual event, the 200 Free (1:57.62). Later in the meet, Sean took the win in the 500 Free (4:44.05). His teammate Owen Watkins also posted two wins, taking the top spot in the 50 Free (21.76) and 100 Free (49.61). Gonzaga was led by Trent Badrak who swam to wins in the 200 IM (2:03.47) and 100 Breaststroke (1:02.92), both times not far from his bests. Mac Marsh also had impressive swims, winning the 100 Butterfly in 52.82 and swimming an exhibition 50 Free in 21.35 (this time that would have won the event). Spectators were not allowed to attend, but Stone Ridge did provide a livestream, and from the stream you could see the excitement and camaraderie that exists in team competition you don’t get from the club invitational meets. We’re excited the season has kicked off & look forward to seeing some fun and fast swimming!
Stone Ridge coach Bob Walker commented: “After having to sit out an entire season, it was nice to be back in “the Swamp” for another year of Swimming and Diving.”