The Girls Swim and Dive Team wrapped up its regular season with the Flint Metro League Conference Meet at Fenton on Friday and Saturday. Swimmers competed in preliminaries on Friday with the top 16 swimmers in each event advancing to the finals on Saturday. Owosso came into the conference meet with a 9-1 record with their only loss coming against Fenton who has won the conference title for the past 11 seasons in a row. Everyone in the conference knew Fenton would run away with another league title. Owosso’s goal was to secure a 2nd place finish in the conference by beating Swartz Creek and Brandon who finished in 3rd and 4th place in the dual meet season. All season the Trojans have relied on their team depth and talent to rack up wins. The Trojans would call on all swimmers again to help power the team to a strong showing.
The first event was the 200 medley relay. The team of Alexis Chamberlin, Lily Espinoza, Sidney Voss and Katie Clevenger got the Trojans off to a great start taking 2nd place and won medals. The medley relay team of Lauren Taylor, Faith Gates, Madison Livingston and Olivia Konsdorf all turned in their fastest split times ever. In the 200 free Allie Pumford smashed the school record of 2:05.08 set in 1987 by clocking a time of 2:01.80. This was the breakthrough swim Pumford had been waiting for all season; she dropped 4 seconds for her previous best. On Saturday Pumford earned a medal by finishing 2nd. Maddy Kregger dropped 4 seconds and finished 10th, Jessa Baumraher dropped 5 seconds and finished 13th, Kelsi Parker dropped 5 seconds and was 14th and Lindsey Woodworth dropped 1 second and finished 16th all turning in lifetime best times on Friday or Saturday. Marissa Spalding and Emma Schwab swam well on Friday both posting their fastest times ever with Spalding just missing the top 16, placing 17th and Schwab placed 19th. In the 3rd event the 200 IM Lily Espinoza placed 3rd dropping 3 seconds and earning a top 3 medal. Sidney Voss dropped 10 seconds on Friday and qualified 7th, Erika Ochodnicky won a close race finishing 9th she cut 5 seconds off her time from Friday and Lily Davis dropped 4 seconds finishing 12th. All swimmers had a lifetime best time on either Friday or Saturday. Mallory Irelan sprinted to win the conference title in the 50 free. Madison Livingston broke the 29 second mark for the first time placing 11th and Rachel Dahl place 12th also in a lifetime best time. Vanessa Bowers, Abby Christian and Elizabeth Vreibel all turned in lifetime best times in the 50 free. In Diving Katie Clevenger won a medal by placing 2nd and Faith Gates took 9th with both setting personal bests. Irelan earned another conference title in the 100 fly where she broke her own school record which she set last season. Irelan won her second 1st place medal. Sidney Voss finished 7th and Madison Livingston was 11th, both swimmers clocked faster times on Saturday then what they posted on Friday. Vanessa Bowers had her fastest time of the season on Friday qualifying 16th. In event 7 the 100 free Allie Pumford qualified for states on Friday and improved that time on Saturday placing 4th. Erika Ochodnicky placed 10th and Rachel Dahl took 11th both dropping 2 seconds and turned in lifetime best times on Friday. Alexis Chamberlin and Lauren Taylor just missed placing in the top 16 finishing 17th and 18th. Taylor drop 5 seconds off her previous best time. Adriana Reale and Elizabeth Vreibel dropped 7 and 4 seconds respectively both turning in lifetime best times. In the 500 free Maddy Kregger dropped 11 seconds and placed 8th, Jessa Baumdraher dropped 7 seconds and was 13th, Lindsey Woodworth dropped 6 seconds was 15th, Marissa Spalding who was new to distance swimming dropped an unbelievable 27 seconds to earn a top 16 finish and Emma Schwab dropped 8 seconds and was 19th all turning in lifetime best times on Friday or Saturday. On Friday the 200 free relay of Katie Clevenger, Erika Ochodnicky, Allie Pumford, Mallory Irelan broke the school record which had been 1:45.63 set in 2015. The team turned in a time of 1:44.15. Breaking the record by over a second and a half in swimming’s fastest relay is an impressive accomplishment and the team qualified for the State Championships. On Saturday the team won medals as they raced to a 2nd place finish. In event 10 the backstroke Alexis Chamberlin dropped 3 seconds and placed 6th, Lily Davis dropped 4 seconds and placed 7th, Kelsi Parker dropped 5 seconds and was 13th Lauren Taylor dropped a second moved up from 16th to 15th place on Saturday and Adriana Reale dropped 2 seconds and was 19th all swimmers turned in lifetime best times. In the breaststroke Lily Espinoza earned another medal by dropped 3 seconds and placing 2nd, Faith Gates dropping 4 seconds, turned a great race placing 9th by just two-hundredths of a second over the 10th place finisher and Abby Christian dropped a remarkable 14 seconds to earn a top 16 finish. All three had their fastest time ever on Friday or Saturday. The final event was the 400 free relay. The team of Mallory Irelan, Erika Ochodnicky, Sidney Voss and Allie Pumford broke their own school record on Friday the previous recond was 3:57.51. The new record stands at 3:57.09. The team placed 2nd on Saturday and earned medals.
Every swimmer had a lifetime best time with most swimmers having lifetime best times in multiple events. 19 swimmers placed in the top 16 in an individual event with 13 of those swimmers placing in 2 individual events. The team broke 4 school records and the team brought home 19 medals. The Trojans easily held off Swartz Creek and Brandon to earn a 2nd place finish in the conference.
The team will look to qualify a few more swimmers for the state meet on Tuesday and then they will turn their attention to the State Championships on Nov. 17th and 18th.
2. Owosso 366
3. Swatz Creek 230
5. Holly 194
6. Kearsley 129