By Alexandra Nichols ’17
After four long months of serious conditioning, the Immaculate Heart Swim team recently dove into its season and drastically defeated Notre Dame Academy in its first dual meet. Under the wing of new swim coach Mallory Mead, most members of the IH team achieved best times in their swim events.
Both the Junior Varsity and the Varsity teams have experienced a large influx of new swimmers this year, who, despite being inexperienced in competitive swimming, swam aggressively at their first meet. Despite the fact that four of the swimmers were benched due to injuries, and an extremely meticulous referee oversaw the competition, Immaculate Heart beat NDA in every single individual event and relay, with only one disqualification.
Swimmers Meghan Go (11th grade) and Haley Ditt (11th grade) proved to be the most valuable players amongst varsity swimmers. Go won the 50-yard free and the 100-yard back and was especially strong in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Ditt dominated in the two longest individual events, which are the 200 yard (8 laps) and the 500 yard (20 laps) freestyle races. On the Junior Varsity team, junior Taylor Olifiers won both the 100-yard I.M. and the 100-yard freestyle, bringing home the most points for JV.
Plenty of IH students and family members were on hand to support the swimmers, which only added to the spirit of the event as the crowd cheered for everyone, including NDA swimmers. The meet ended on a good note between the two teams.