More state times for speedy Sparty

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:30am
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In one of the closest meets of the year, the Spartans left the Lions in their wake as Bainbridge beat Lakeside 99-87 in girls swimming and diving.

The Spartans won eight of 11 races, and also earned a first place in 1-meter diving.

And there were also state times galore.

Bainbridge picked up victories in the first eight events before Lakeside claimed its initial first place.

The feared foursome of Margaret Hayes, Emma Solseng, Moorea Eldon-Everts and Xaveria Rodriguez won the first race of the meet, the 200-yard medley relay, in a 3A state-qualifying time of 1:51.60. The state standard is 1:56.00.

Hayes won the next race, the 200-yard freestyle, for Bainbridge in 1:53.71 — also a state time. The qualifying time for the state championships in the event is 1:59.50.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Solseng nabbed first in 2:17.55.

Rodriguez followed with first place in the 50-yard freestyle, winning in a state time of 25.10, with no time to spare. (The qualifying time for the state championships is 25.10.)

Bryn Tiernan won the 1-meter diving event, finishing with a finals score of 205.60.

Hayes had another state time in the 100-yard butterfly. She won the race in 57.83. (The qualifying time for the 3A state championships is 59.70.)

Rodriguez had another top time in the 100-yard freestyle, with a first-place win and a state time of 54.71. (A qualifying time of 55.00 is needed to advance to the state championships.)

The Spartans’ final two wins came in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 100-yard backstroke.

In the 200-free relay, the power four of Solseng, Sydney Sorensen, Rodriguez and Hayes placed first in 1:41.72 — also a state time. (The qualifying time for the state championships is 1:43.50.)

Solseng ruled in the 100-yard backstroke, winning the race in 1:02.18.

Sister Spartan Naomi Howard was second in the race, finishing in 1:03.89, while teammate Siena Levan was fourth in 1:04.30.

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