Finishing the two-day Archdiocesan Athletic Association girls swim meet, the Borgia Lady Knights placed third Wednesday in Ferguson.
The combined Lutheran St. Charles-O’Fallon Christian team won with 344 points while St. Dominic was second at 207. Borgia placed third with 204 points.
“We took 12 swimmers to prelims — one out with the flu and one stricken by it during the meet,” Borgia Head Coach Diane Jones said. “Of those, nine advanced to Day 2, which is really impressive in a conference of this size. So many of these swimmers are in year-round USA Swimming programs.”
Following Borgia were Rosati-Kain (197), Duchesne (96), Notre Dame (89), Trinity (82) and Bishop DuBourg (36).
“Our girls came focused and prepared,” Jones said. “This meet was the culmination of countless hours of hard work in the pool, without complaints. Plus there is the intangible of chemistry. This is a very bonded group”
Borgia senior Emily Reuwer won both of her main races, the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Reuwer will swim at the MSHSAA Class 1 State Meet next Thursday with automatic qualifying times in both races.
In the 100 butterfly, Reuwer won with a time of 1:01.23. She had qualified at 1:01.30. Claire Jordan of the Lutheran-Christian team was second in 1:09.79.
In the 100 backstroke, Reuwer won with a time of 1:02.28. She swam 1:01.30 in the preliminary race Tuesday. Madalyn Gwaltney of Lutheran-Christian was second in 1:09.60.
Both of Reuwer’s times were automatic state qualifying marks.
Borgia’s second-place finishers were:
• 200 medley relay team of Reuwer, Olivia Smith, Hannah Whitacre and Evie Alferman in 2:03.36. St. Dominic won with a time of 2:00.79.
• Whitacre placed second in the 500 freestyle in 5:52.38. She knocked over 10 seconds off of her preliminary heat time and posted a state consideration time. Savanna Dennison of Lutheran-Christian won in 5:46.41.
• The 400 freestyle relay team of Alferman, Caragine, Whitacre and Reuwer finished second in 4:02.57 for a state consideration time. Lutheran-Christian won the race with an automatic state qualifying time of 3:52.52.
Borgia’s third-place finishers were:
• Whitacre in the 200 freestyle in 2:09.45.
• Borgia’s 200 freestyle relay team of Elizabeth Simily, Smith, Diana Pfeiffer and Claire Birke ended third in 2:04.21. Borgia was fifth after the preliminary qualifying heats. The Lutheran-Christian super team won in 1:44.86.
Other Borgia swimmers in Wednesday’s finals were:
• Cassandra Caragine placed fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:48.26.
• Alferman was fifth in the 100 freestyle final in 1:01.73.
• Smith won the consolation race in the 200 individual medley. She was seventh overall in 2:51.89.
• Alferman won the 50 freestyle consolation race with a time of 28:47. Her 28.42 during the preliminary races was good enough for state consideration.
• Smith and Simily tied for the consolation championship in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:28.42. Simily had been faster in the preliminary qualifying heats with a time of 1:29.29 to 1:31.30. Simily was seventh after the first day while Smith was eighth.
• Diana Pfeiffer was eighth in the 100 freestyle in 1:08.
• Pfeiffer was 10th in the 200 freestyle consolation race with a time of 2:37.83.
• Corinne Schroeder ended 11th in the 100 freestyle in 1:12.05.
• Schroeder was 11th in the 100 backstroke in 1:22.51.
• Claire Birke ended 12th in the 100 freestyle in 1:13.32.