Swimming Women Take Down Undefeated Deerfield Academy

And the Big Blue wave keeps on rollin’ over their competitors! Improving their season with another win, the girls regular season record currently stand at 3-0. On the morning of the 25th, the girls started warming up for their first home competition. A large crowd of peers was anxiously waiting to see what the girls could do. Starting the meet off with a bang, PA finished first and second in the 200 medley relay. The team of Alex Doty ’05, Liz Demers ’05, Margaret Ramsey ’03, and Emily Brenner ’06 stole first with a time of 1:54.56. Coming in less than a second behind them was the relay team of Kate Page ’04, Kim Walker ’03, Captain Sarah Demers ’03, and Tracey Zicherman ’03. Hee-jin Chang ’05 destroyed two records in one race. Chang set pool and school records with a lightening-fast 1:54.09 in the 200 Free. Katie Faulkner ’06 came in third with an excellent time of 1:59.52, beat in a close and well fought match with Deerfield’s Hope Chapman. This was a successful race for PA, with Kristina Chang ’04 also placing fifth. The 200 individual medley turned out to be the one of the most exciting contests of the afternoon. After being neck and neck with Deerfield’s captain Liz Berger ’03 for most of the race, Sarah Demers ’03 finished just milliseconds ahead of the competition. The times, at 2:14.70, were numerically the same, but Demers was awarded first place. It was then time for the diving divas to take over. Captain Janis Scanlon ’03 came in first with a total of 211.85 points, a season best. Taking second was Jacqui Leboutillier ’04, right ahead of two Deerfield divers. Tess Scott ’06 came in fifth, marking her first time placing in a varsity meet. Doty splashed right into first place in the 100 fly. With a time of 59.10, she secured her second win of the day. Less than two seconds behind her was PG Ramsey in third, and Ono in fifth. PA continued the afternoon placing first, second, and fifth in the 100 free. Chang ’05 was also on her second win of the day with a first place time of 51.65. Faulkner swam an impressive 5:20.44 in the grueling 500m free, a season best. Coming back from behind, Faulkner was not able to catch Chapman who beat her for a second time. Following the 500 was the record breaking relay, the 200 free. The team of Captain Demers ’03, Walker, Ramsey, and Chang’05 blew past the competition to set a new school record. With a time of 1:40.28, Deerfield couldn’t even come close. PA finished strong with Doty wining the 100 back and Mary Burris ’05 taking fourth. Demers ’05 and Walker finished first and second, with times of 1:10.79 and 1:13.16 respectively. However, the real icing on the cake was the win in the 400 free relay. Demers ’03, Page, Ramsey, and Chang ’05 finished almost 13 seconds ahead of Deerfield’s fastest relay team. The girls ended the meet with a final score of 113-73. After Saturday’s record-breaking races, the girls remained confident that they could continue the streak.