Swimming in one of the biggest in-season meets, the Borgia girls swimming Lady Knights finished 25th at the CoMo Invitational held at Mizzou Saturday.
“The CoMo Invitational at Mizzou drew top teams and swimmers from across the state,” Borgia Head Coach Diane Jones said. “A total of 37 teams and over 450 swimmers participated in the all-day prelims and finals meet on Saturday, Jan. 6. Borgia finished 25th in the meet, which featured powerhouses Hickman, Rock Bridge and Marquette high schools — three of the top four teams from last year’s MSHSAA state championships.”
Marquette won the meet with 300 points, followed by Hickman (256), Rock Bridge (189), Francis Howell (172) and Lee’s Summit West (129) in the top five. Borgia scored 14 points.
Senior Emily Reuwer led Borgia in the meet, earning a medal in the 100 butterfly. She finished seventh in a time of 1:00.62. She was faster in the preliminary heat, swimming 1:00.16.
Reuwer also finished 15th in the 100 backstroke, posting a time of 1:03.70 in the final race. Again, her preliminary race was faster as she ended at 1:02.74.
“The CoMo invite is a great opportunity for all the girls to compete against athletes of comparable skill,” Jones said. “To advance at all in this meet is a real accomplishment. I was thrilled for Emily to medal in this meet and it was great to send a relay team forward as well.”
Hannah Whitacre reached the finals of the 500 freestyle and placed 32nd, breaking the six-minute mark while moving into state meet consideration time.
“Senior Hannah Whitacre dropped 25 seconds off her previous best this season, earning state consideration time in the 500 freestyle of 5:59.27,” Jones said. “She also posted a state consideration time of 1:00.39 in the 100 yard freestyle (during the 400 freestyle relay).”
Borgia’s 400 freestyle relay team of Whitacre, Olivia Smith, Cassandra Caragine and Reuwer made the finals and placed 21st with a time of 4:11.66, dropping 1.58 seconds from its initial time.
“The two seniors were bookends in the 400 freestyle relay team, along with senior captain Cassandra Caragine and junior Olivia Smith,” Jones said. “The relay broke its own Borgia record and then broke it again, advancing to finals and placing 21st with a time of 4:11.66.”
Jones said it was a good experience for the 13 swimmers who competed for Borgia.
“We fielded 13 swimmers, all of whom swam two individual events, giving me a chance to see all of them compete against swimmers close to their own times,” Jones said. “I was thrilled for Emily, Hannah and the relay team, but I was also excited about all the personal bests throughout the lineup. From our novices to our veterans, we are dropping times and developing depth. I couldn’t be more pleased with all of them.”
Jones feels this meet will help her figure out where to focus for the rest of the season.
“This meet helps us to see where we are, and gives us direction on what we need to do to meet our goals for conference and state,” Jones said.
Junior Evie Alferman just missed state consideration time in the 50 freestyle. Her time of 28.74 was 69th in the meet.
Alferman also cut six seconds off of her 100 freestyle time, ending 54th in 1:03.47.
Also in the 50 freestyle, freshman Elizabeth Simily posted a best time of 31.21 to finish 95th. Sophomore Claire Birke swam 32.08, also a personal best. She finished 101st.
Simily and junior Evelyn Ince set personal records in the 100 breaststroke. Simily finished in 1:32.27, 4.5 seconds faster than her previous best, to place 79th. Ince was over six seconds better at 1:43.50 and placed 107th.
Borgia’s 200 medley relay team of Reuwer, Caragine, Whitacre and Smith finished 29th in a time of 2:13.55.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Simily, Diana Pfeiffer, Alferman and Birke placed 33rd in 2:09.42.
Caragine placed 77th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:30.26.
Smith finished 78th in the 200 individual medley, finishing in 2:55.45.
Caragine was 80th in the 200 individual medley in 2:57.96.
Smith ended 86th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:09.18.
Rachel Nieder finished 91st in the 200 individual medley in 3:41.19.
In the 200 freestyle, Corinne Schroeder placed 98th in a time of 2:47.56.
Pfeiffer placed 102nd in the 200 freestyle in 2:50.90.
Emma Fogarty was 105th in the 200 freestyle in 2:55.50.
Schroeder was 106th in the 100 backstroke in 1:30.36.
Grace Fogarty was 108th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:48.23.
Nieder was 111th in the 100 backstroke in 1:37.83.
Emma Fogarty placed 115th in the 100 backstroke in 1:44.62.
Grace Fogarty ended 118th in the 50 freestyle in 37.37.