by Roger Wistar
Jillian Cudney '20 continued the remarkable start to her Hotchkiss swimming career with wins in both her individual events at this year's Founders League championships.
Both Bearcat swim teams finished fourth overall at the event, held Feb. 25 at Miss Porter's School. Like last year, Loomis and Choate stood atop the leaderboard, with the boys and girls teams of each school finishing more than 200 points higher than the rest of the field.
Racing just a week after breaking the school record in the 200-yard freestyle, Cudney posted dominating victories in the 50-yard freestyle (24.60 seconds) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.31). Cudney was the only girl on Saturday to break 25 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, and finished nearly half a second ahead of the field.
Later in the day, Cudney returned to help anchor the girls freestyle relay teams to a pair of third-place finishes. In the 200-yard relay, Cudney joined with Shine Peng '19, Elizabeth Williams '19, and Angela Xiao '17 to post a 1:44.07. In the final event of the day, Williams, Cudney, Caroline Doggett '17, and Caroline Zhang '20 finished in 3:50.55.
On the boys side, Alejandro Sarmiento '18 enjoyed a strong performance in the long-distance freestyle events. He finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.20) and later placed third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:05.99), the highest individual finish for a Hotchkiss boy at the event.
Noah Sorensen '19 had the other top-five finish for the boys, placing fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at 55.99, just 0.01 seconds behind the third-place swimmer. Sorensen also helped the Bearcats to fourth-place finishes in the medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Diving proved to be another area of strength for the girls team, which saw five divers complete their series, the most of any school. Olivia King '19 finished second overall with 364.55 points, one of only three divers (girls or boys) to break 350 points on the day.