The UTHS Panther Girls Swim Team traveled to Burlington to open up its 2017 season under new coach Brett Busch, and captured it first win of the season by racing past the Greyhounds 88-80. The 1-0 Panthers won 9 out of the 12 events earning Coach Busch his first career victory. Leading the way with wins for the Panthers were: Kendra Diamond (200 Free-2:07.31, 500 Free-5:35.26), Caitlin Dassow (200 IM-2:30.73, 100 Fly-1:06.75), Brandi LaFountaine (50 Free-26.62, 100 Back-1:01.11), 200 Medley Relay (LaFountaine, Ali Ogden, Dassow, Kaisa Sommer-2:04.26), 200 Free Relay (Diamond, Natalie Davis, Paige Tygart, Mia Franks-2:03.58), and the 400 Free Relay (Dassow, Sommer, LaFountaine, Diamond-4:05.51).
The JV girls ended up on the short end of a close meet, losing 44-43 to Burlington. Winners for the Panthers were: Autumn Dillin (50 Fly), Ariel Wilcox (50 Back), Alexis Friend (50 Breast), and the 200 Medley Relay (Brianna Griebel, Evita Fazliu, Dillin, Jasmine Westbrooks).
Next Meet vs Davenport West Thursday-August 31, 2017 5:00 pm @ UTHS
UTHS Girls Swim Team and Parents
The UTHS Girls Swim Team’s first home meet is Thursday-August 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm. We provide a snack for all swimmers after each home dual meet for both teams. The visiting team will eat first followed by our team. We will need donations of ham/turkey sandwiches, chips, fruit, desserts, and drinks. We will also need help in serving. Someone will be calling you in regards to donating food or helping out. We have four home dual meets this year. Our last home dual meet is “Senior Night” in which there will be a reception in the cafeteria honoring all of our seniors. We will need more food for that night as you and your family are invited to that.
The UTHS Girls Swim Team first away meet is on Tuesday-August 22, 2017 at Burlington High School. For all AWAY meets your daughter must wear dress clothes to school and the meet. This does NOT include blue jeans or t-shirts. If it is hot outside, they are permitted to wear shorts. Denim skirts are allowed. The school will transport your daughter to and from all away meets. You may take your daughter home with you AFTER the completion of the meet, provided you sign a release form before you leave. You are not allowed to take any other swimmer home with you. We DO stop to eat on the way home after all out of town meets, so please give your daughter money to spend on dinner (we usually stop at McDonalds), unless I specifically tell them they are getting $5 from the booster club to eat with. If they eat more than $5 worth, make sure they have money.
Team and individual pictures for purchase will be taken on Monday-August 14, 2017 at 4:55 pm. Please fill out picture order form and enclose payment and return to Coach Busch by picture day if you want to purchase pictures.
We will have a pot-luck awards banquet in the cafeteria November 20, 2017, to hand out team awards and honors. More information will be sent out later on this.
Team t-shirts, sweat shirts, and sweat pants will be available to order within the next week. You will be given an order form for this.
Team suits are $55 and personalized caps are $35.
Seniors Caitlin Dassow and Kaisa Sommer have been named team captains for the 2017 swim season. Dassow, a three year varsity letter winner, currently holds four UTHS school records. Dassow, a three year All-Conference Swim Team honoree, was an IHSA State Qualifier in 2014 and 2015. Dassow was also named Co-Most Valuable swimmer in 2016. Sommer, also a three year varsity letter winner, was named Most Improved Swimmer in 2014. Sommer also competes on the girls varsity soccer team..
All UTHS Girls Swim Team members and a parent are required to attend the 2017 UTHS Fall Sports Rules Meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday-August 14, 2017. The meeting will start in the UTHS Auditorium at 6:00 pm. At 6:30 pm the Girls Swim Team will move to the swimming pool bleacher area to finish the meeting around 7:00 pm.
Team pictures for the UTHS Girls Swim Team will be done on Monday-August 14, 2017, at 4:55 pm at the swim pool. All girls are reminded to bring their picture order forms and payment with them. Practice will still start at 3:15 pm.