It’s another step forward for the area’s two girls swimming programs.
Both Borgia and Washington will have multiple representatives at the MSHSAA Class 1 Girls Swimming State Championship at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
The event runs Thursday and Friday.
“These girls are thrilled for each other and for their buddies across town, who will also make the trip,” Borgia Head Coach Diane Jones said.
Jones feels Washington Head Coach Lane Page has been a mentor for her as well as swimmers from both schools.
“Coach Lane Page is a double-coach here, because he coaches the WHS girls, but has also been a great masters coach and mentor to me as both a swimmer and a coach,” Jones said. “There is no crosstown rivalry in the coaching ranks. Lane and I have a great relationship.”
Thursday’s session starts at 12:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale and the stands open at 8:30 a.m. The session will be over before the start of the diving portion.
For Friday, stands open at 8 a.m. with the finals starting at 10 a.m.
Thursday’s session is preliminary heats. The top eight move to the championship race and the next eight are in Friday’s consolation race. The 17th and 18th finishers are kept as alternates.
The state meet will follow the same format as a normal dual meet. The only exception is that diving will take place in a separate session.
Borgia’s 200 medley relay team slid into the 32nd, and final spot in the event with a time of 2:03.36. Borgia clocked that time in the championship race at the Archdiocesan Athletic Association meet. Swimming were senior Emily Reuwer, junior Olivia Smith, senior Hannah Whitacre and junior Evie Alferman. That is the first race of the day.
Washington freshman Aubrie Moreland became her program’s first individual qualifier and she is 28th in the 200 freestyle going to St. Peters. Moreland has a seed time of 2:07.12 heading to Thursday’s races.
“I am very proud of Aubrie and the other girls,” Washington Head Coach Lane Page said.
Reuwer holds the fifth seed in the 100 butterfly, the sixth event and first after the break, with a time of 59.79 going to the state event. She’s one of five to break the minute mark this season.
Moreland comes back for Event 8, the 500 freestyle. She enters with the 26th-best time at 5:47.29.
The next event with a local swimmer is the 100 backstroke, Event 10. Reuwer holds the sixth-fastest time going to the meet at 1:01.30. She finished 29th in that event last year. This is the fourth season in a row Reuwer has qualified for the state meet in this event.
Both schools are represented in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay.
Borgia holds the 26th-best time at 4:02.57. Borgia plans to swim Alferman, senior Cassandra Caragine, Whitacre and Reuwer.
Washington is seeded 29th at 4:04.60. Swimming will be Moreland, freshman Maddy Tchiblakian, junior McKenzie Dohm and senior Hannah Struckhoff.