Just a week into the girls swimming season, Emily Reuwer has already booked a spot at the MSHSAA Class 1 championship meet.
The Borgia senior reached automatic qualifying times in two events Saturday at the Ladue Invitational.
Reuwer now has qualified for the state meet in all four years.
At Ladue, Reuwer dominated the 100 butterfly, Borgia Head Coach Diane Jones said, winning the race by 2.5 seconds in front of her nearest competitor. Reuwer posted a time of 59.79 with the automatic qualifying time at 1:02.09.
In the 100 backstroke, Reuwer was the champion in 1:01.57, ahead of the 1:02.29 qualifying time.
Borgia finished ninth in the team standings at the meet among 16 teams with 78 points.
“They made quite a splash, you could say,” Jones stated. “We are the ‘Small But Mighty Knights.’ ”
Westminster Christian Academy won the title with 375 points with 38 swimmers and four divers, Jones noted.
Borgia had one other team reach state consideration levels. The 400 freestyle relay of Cassandra Caragine, Olivia Smith, Reuwer and Hannah Whitacre placed eighth in 4:16.67. Jones also noted the team set a new school record. State consideration time is 4:33.99.
Whitacre finished eighth in the 200 freestyle.
She finished in a time of 2:19.66.
“Every Borgia swimmer in the meet dropped time in at least one of their events,” Jones noted.
Borgia had 12 swimmers for the meet. The team continues to look for someone to step into Aspen Nelson’s spot in the 200 individual medley. Olivia Smith dropped 16 seconds off of her previous best, Jones noted, while Corinne Schroeder dropped three seconds.
Jones noted that Caragine and Smith gave up their spots in the 100 breaststroke to allow two freshmen, Elizabeth Simily and Grace Fogarty, the chance to swim after they missed their heat.
“The freshmen, in tears, said they didn’t need to do that,” Jones said. “I told them if the upperclassmen offer to let them swim, they need to do it. So they stopped crying, got on the blocks, and turned in two excellent performances, well below their seed times.”