Panthers Surge Past Moline to Win

Down by 8 with only 5 events to go, the UTHS Girls Swim Team used a 1-2 finish in the 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, and a win in the 400 Free Relay to surge past the Moline Maroons 97-89 on “Senior Night” at the UTHS Swim Pool.  The Panthers won 9 out of 12 events to improve their record to 6-1 on the season.  Winners for the Panthers were:  Abby Jansen (200 Free-2:01.78, 500 Free-5:31.50), Caitlin Dassow (100 Fly-1:02.79), Brandi LaFountaine (50 Free-25.77, 100 Free-58.15), Kendra Diamond (100 Back-1:04.71), Ali Ogden (100 Breast-1:17.57), 200 Medley Relay (Brandi LaFountaine, Ogden, Dassow, Diamond-2:00.06), and the 400 Free Relay (Dassow, Brandi LaFountaine, Diamond, Jansen-3:50.45).  “It was an exciting meet for us and a good experience for our seniors on their last dual meet of their high school career.  The girls never got down after getting behind, and just kept after it the whole meet.  Ali Ogden’s and Brittni LaFountaine’s 1-2 finish in the 100 Breast was unexpected and were fantastic swims by both of them in a clutch situation.  They both work very hard and it was nice to see them have a nice time drop.  We had real good swims by everyone, and everyone was on board on splitting up relays to get more points.  Congrats to our seniors:  Abby Jansen, Brittni LaFountaine, Alejandra Olvera-Garcez, Becky Phillips, Hannah Shoppa, Alexa Swanson, and Grace Timler.  We will now get ready for the Conference meet.  It will be fun!”

The JV team finished their dual meet season 3-2 by dropping the Maroons 56-46.  Winners for the Panthers were:  Autumn Dillin (100 Fly), Cinthya Becerril (100 Back), 200 Medley Relay (Becerril, Alexis DeFrieze, Dillin, Evita Fazliu), 200 Free Relay (Becky Phillips, Alexa Swanson, Dillin, Timler), and the 400 Free Relay (Dillin, Becerril, Jaylie Marberry, Alexis Friend).  “The girls have come a long way and it was nice to see them finish with best times and a win.  Now they get to experience a Conference meet.”

Next Meet:  WB6 Conference Swim Meet     Saturday-November 5, 2016

Diving:  Knox County YMCA     8:30 am

Swimming:  Galesburg High School     Noon