Girls’ swimming breaks records

Sophomore Ava Johannesmeyer races in the third leg in the 200 medley relay

Ashlee Flannery

Sophomore Ava Johannesmeyer races in the third leg in the 200 medley relay

The 2015 Girls’ Swimming and Diving season ended with many broken records. The first major achievement of the season was on September 18 when senior Mackenzie Dougherty and sophomores Pippin Robison, Molly Green, and Teal Scheuber broke the 200-meter freestyle relay record with a time of 1:57.18, surpassing the previous record that hadn’t been broken since 1999.

“I knew we could do it but it was still really shocking when we did break it,” said Robison.

With State coming up, the girls swimming and diving team is working to earn better scores and place second.

“We are having a really good season. We have 14 state qualifiers and that’s the most we’ve had in a really long time,” said Dougherty. “We had conference this last week and we had many girls placing in the top six.”

At conference, Dougherty won first place in 100-meter fly and Green won first place in the 500-meter freestyle. Among the 14 state qualifiers are freshman Jenna Frederickson, Piper Carol, Jadyn Mullikin, and sophomores Samantha Kinison, Victoria Peterman, and Ava Johannesmeyer.

At state, the girls continued to break school records. According to Assistant Athletic Director Kasey Garnhart, Green broke the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.95 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:16. Green, Dougherty, Carol, and Robison broke the school record for the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:43.12. With these three school records won, the Girls’ Swimming and Diving team earned third place at state.