Panthers Are Western Big Six Champions

The UTHS Girls Swim Team made it Back-To-Back Western Big Six Championships by edging Rock Island 292-290 at the Western Big Six Championship Swim Meet held at Galesburg High School.  The Panthers won an outstanding 9 out of 12 events, winning all nine events in a row.  The Panthers were lead by Conference Championships won by:  Abby Jansen (200 Free-1:59.01, 100 Free-54.27), Caitlin Dassow (200 IM-2:15.34, 100 Fly-59.83), Brandi LaFountaine (50 Free-25.86, 100 Back-59.82), Kendra Diamond (500 Free-5:20.04), 200 Medley Relay (Brandi LaFountaine, Brittni LaFountaine, Dassow, Jansen-1:54.68), and the 200 Free Relay (Brandi LaFountaine, Dassow, Diamond, Jansen-1:43.60).  Other top six finishers were:  Grace Timler (Diving-4th-250.65), Alexis DeFrieze (Diving-6th-205.15), Diamond (200 Free-2nd-2:01.40), Ali Ogden (200 IM-5th-2:31.25, 100 Breast-4th-1:16.55), Kaisa Sommer (100 Back-5th-1:05.65), and the 400 Free Relay (Diamond, Alejandra Olvera, Sommer, Brittni LaFountaine-2nd-4:01.32).  “It was a fantastic meet by all of our girls.  When you only win by 2 points, everyone had a hand in it.  We needed every girl swimming their best times, and we got that.  We really got off to a nice start by winning the Medley Relay, and we just got on a roll winning 9 events in a row.  We got great performances by our relays, and our number ones in the individual races.  We got some big time drops from Kendra, Caitlin, and Abby.  We got some clutch performances from Grace and Alexis on diving, and Ali, Brittni, Brandi, Alejandra, and Kaisa in swimming.  The 200 Free Relay also broke our school record, which was the icing on the cake.  Now we will get ready for Sectional but we will enjoy this Championship!”

The JV team finished in 4th place at the Western Big Six JV Invitational  Leading the way with a win was Alejandra Olvera in the 100 Free.  Other top six finishes were:  Mia Franks (50 Free-5th, 100 Free-5th), Natalie Davis (3rd-100 Back), 200 Medley Relay (Davis, Olvera, Franks, Hannah Shoppa-3rd),  200 Free Relay (Franks, Shoppa, Cinthya Becerril, Grace Timler-3rd), and the 400 Free Relay (Becerril, Shoppa, Davis, Ali Ogden-3rd).  “It was a great way to end the season.  The girls swam great!  Alejandra had a great meet in winning the 100 Free.  We look forward to everyone helping us at the next level next year!”

Next Meet     IHSA Sectional Swim Meet     Saturday-November 12, 2016

Diving @ Augustana College     9 am     Swimming @ Rock Island High School     1 pm