Girls, Boys Swimmers Finish Third at Record-Smashing Founders

by Roger Wistar

Both the boys and girls swimming and diving teams posted third-place finishes on Feb. 24 at the Founders League championships, with the girls posting no fewer than five new school records.

Including the diving win by Olivia King '19 on Wednesday night, which also set a new school record, the girls team had an even half-dozen new best scores in what surely must be one of their best performances in the history of the program.

Racing in front of a raucous crowd all morning and afternoon in Hixon Pool, both the boys and girls teams enjoyed tremendous success. The girls team placed at least three swimmers and divers in eight individual events, ultimately recording a total of 445 points, more than 250 points higher than their total from just three years ago.

Although the boys did not reach quite the same lofty heights, they also enjoyed many strong finishes, placing at least three swimmers in five individual events and finishing with a total of 302.5 points, nearly 100 points clear of the fourth-place Kent.

Leading the way for the girls continues to be lower mid sensation Jillian Cudney '20, who set league records in the 50-yard freestyle (23.65 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (51.70 seconds), also breaking her own school records in the process. She also anchored new school record performances in the 200-yard medley relay (with Caroline Zhang '20, Ally Fertig '20, and Izzy Lewitt '20) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (with Pia Labalme '18, Elizabeth Williams '19, and Lewitt), the latter winning the race for Hotchkiss.

Lewitt nabbed her own individual school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, with her time of 1:07.24 good for second-place in the event.

Including the relay events and Wednesday's diving, the girls finished first or second in seven of the 12 events in the competition.

Several boys also earned top finishes on the day, with the best individual finishes going to Alejandro Sarmiento '18 (second in the 200-yard individual medley) and Noah Sorensen '19 (second in the 100-yard butterfly).

In addition to Sarmiento (fifth in the 100 fly) and Sorensen (fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke), Addison Oberting '19 also placed in the top five in multiple events (third in the 100-yard backstroke and fifth in the individual medley).

In the two free style relays, the boys nabbed a pair of third-place finishes, with Royce Shey '21, Christian Finlay '20, Lucien Guerrand-Hermes '19, and William Wildish '21 teaming in the 200-yard relay, and Sorensen, Wildish, Sarmiento, and Shey swimming the 400.

The two teams will conclude the season with the New England championships on March 3-4 at Exeter.

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