Local bragging rights for girls swimming belong to the Washington Aqua Lady Jays after they defeated Borgia Friday afternoon at the Four Rivers Area Family YMCA, 94-77.
The meet was the joint home meet between the two local teams and was the final dual meet before both go to conference meets this week.
“The girls were excited to win the meet with Borgia, but unfortunately it has been called a ‘rivalry,’ ” Washington Head Coach Lane Page said. “There is no ‘rivalry,’ only a friendly competition between two teams, the members of which know one another well. Really, there were no ‘winners’ or ‘losers,’ at least as far as I’m concerned. Every one of the swimmers was a winner, in terms of keeping the sport of swimming alive at both schools and in Washington.”
Borgia Head Coach Diane Jones noted the large crowd, which crammed into the YMCA pool.
“That was a heck of a crowd at the crosstown meet,” Jones noted.
Results, by event, were:
• 200 medley relay — Borgia’s team of Emily Reuwer, Olivia Smith, Hannah Whitacre and Evie Alferman won in 2:07.10. Washington’s team of Aubrie Moreland, Maddy Tchiblakian, McKenzie Dohm and Hannah Struckhoff was second in 2:07.69;
• 200 freestyle — Moreland won in a time of 2:10.65. Borgia’s Cassandra Caragine was second in 2:36.50.
• 200 individual medley — Whitacre won for Borgia in 2:38.40. Dohm ended second in 2:46.22;
• 50 freestyle — Washington’s Struckhoff won in a time of 27.66. Alferman was second for Borgia in 28.97;
• 100 butterfly — Borgia’s Reuwer won with a time of 1:03.41. Washington’s Mikala Brune was second in 1:20.45;
• 100 freestyle — Washington’s Struckhoff won with a time of 1:03.32. Borgia’s Claire Birke was second in 1:10.51.
• 500 freestyle — Moreland won with a time of 5:52.53. Borgia’s Whitacre was second at 6:22.81.
• 200 freestyle relay — The Washington team of Tchiblakian, Kylee Perriman, Olivia Diederich and Jenna Loepker won in 2:02.10. Borgia’s team of Elizabeth Simily, Diana Pfeiffer, Smith and Birke was second in 2:02.87.
• 100 backstroke — Reuwer was the winner at 1:06.49. Washington’s Dohm was second at 1:12.96.
• 100 breaststroke — Tchiblakian was the winner in 1:26.97. Borgia’s Simily was second in 1:33.41.
• 400 freestyle relay — The Washington team of Struckhoff, Moreland, Tchiblakian and Dohm won in a time of 4:16.77. Borgia’s team of Alferman, Caragine, Whitacre and Reuwer was second in 4:22.87.
“As a smaller, less experienced team, we knew we were underdogs,” Jones said. “I told the girls to swim their guts out, and go to win the 50/50’s — if it’s finishing fifth ahead of sixth or third ahead of fourth, it’s the same impact on points. Of 13 swimmers, eight set new PRs in this meet, which is not known as a fast pool.”
Jones said Borgia was able to lead for most of the meet.
“We were ahead until the 200 free relay, which dropped six seconds to post a state consideration time and nearly won,” Jones said. “Their depth caught up with us in the end, but I couldn’t be prouder of the guts these girls showed against a very strong WHS squad.”
The meet also marked senior night for both squads.
Washington’s seniors are Bailey Bair, Diedrich, Holly Hoerstkamp and Struckhoff.
“I am equally proud of every one of them,” Page said. “Wonderful girls of high character and good values, which, after all, is what high school coaches promote.”
Borgia’s seniors are Reuwer, Caragine, Whitacre and Rachel Nieder.
“We have a very special group of seniors,” Jones said. “I couldn’t ask for more in my first year of coaching. They all have very different personalities, yet they are tightly bonded as a group. Emily, Cassandra, Hannah and Rachel broke me in.”