Panthers 4th at IHSA Sectionals

The UTHS Girls Swim Team finished in a strong fourth place finish at the Rock Island IHSA Sectional Swim Meet.  The Panthers placed in the top six in 8 out of the 12 events to finish their fine season.  Dunlap was the winner of the meet with 278 points, followed by Peoria Notre Dame with 271, Rock Island with 179, and UTHS with 170.  Top six finishes for the Panthers were:  Abby Jansen (200 Free-2nd-1:58.01, 100 Back-4th-1:00.03), Kendra Diamond (200 Free-6th-2:02.38, 500 Free-2nd-5:19.68), Caitlin Dassow (200 IM-4th-2:16.39, 100 Fly-3rd-59.55 school record), Brandi LaFountaine (50 Free-6th-25.89, 100 Back-3rd-59.67), 200 Medley Relay (Brandi LaFountaine, Brittni LaFountaine, Caitlin Dassow, Abby Jansen-2nd-1:53.42), and the 400 Free Relay (Dassow, Diamond, Brandi LaFountaine, Jansen-3rd-3:46.04).  “We swam a real good meet with lifetime bests, but we just could not get over the hump and get to the next level to get some state qualifiers.  The girls were fighters all day as they really worked hard in all their races.  Cailtin got a school record in the 100 Fly to reward her with her fine swim!  The girls should be very proud for having a great season!  We lost a lot of kids from last year, but they battled all year, winning the WB6 Conference, and just coming up 3 points short of having another undefeated season.  I am very proud of all of them and all the hard work they put in this year!  It was my job to get them to the next level and I did not get it done.  We have an outstanding senior class both swimming wise and academic wise and I wish them all the best!  I look forward to all the returning swimmers next year to continue the fine swimming at UTHS.”

End of Season