A rivalry between the Weston High girls swim team and Lauralton Hall can only grow more intense after last week’s meet.
The Trojans, who narrowly edged their opponent to win last year’s state Class S championship, once again found themselves in a fight to the finish on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The two sides turned out to be so evenly matched that when the points were added up it was a 93-93 tie between two undefeated teams at the Weston Middle School pool.
It was the second time in three seasons the Trojans and Crusaders ended a meet in a stalemate.
“Everybody had great times,” said Weston head coach Tom Grace, noting his team’s performance. “They were competitive.”
Both sides had their share of first places. The Trojans went up early with a win in the 200 medley relay, which featured Kiersten Daly, Olivia Clark, Alex Edgar and Katie Johnson winning it in one minute, 56.21 seconds.
The Crusaders had the upper hand in a few as well, including the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. For the former Weston’s Brenna Nimkoff claimed second in 2:05.87 and Claire Kerns was next in 2:08.9. Daly placed second in the latter event in 2:17.91 and Clare Murray was fifth in 2:30.5.
Johnson would have a big day for the Trojans, helping win four events. Her first individual victory was in the 50 free in 25.81. Two other Trojans also scored as Dacia Gross took fourth in 27.78 and Edgar followed in 28.85.
A strong performance by Weston in the diving event helped keep the meet close. Hannah Schroeder won it, leading a one-two-three finish that also featured Keturah Sarno and Maren Panzier.
Lauralton countered with a win and second place in the 100 butterfly. Weston’s points came from Lauren Solinsky in third (1:11.19) and Ilana Berger in fifth (1:15.62).
Johnson won the 100 free in 56.76. Kerns was fourth in 58.72 and with Gross taking fifth in 1:00.11 the meet was tied.
Olivia Clark went the distance in the 500 free to win it in 5:29.65. More points came form Nimkoff in 5:40.63 for third and Murray was fourth in 5:49.63.
Wins in the next two events put the Crusaders in good shape. Kerns, Berger, Gross and Edgar took second in the 200 free relay and Daly was second in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.57, followed by Emily Clark in fourth (1:07.6) and Frances Kleiner in fifth (1:08.78).
Although Clark won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.20 and Lucy Watson was fifth in 1:20 the Crusaders were actually in the lead at this point, taking the second through fourth spots. Weston would need a win in the final event, the 400 free relay, in order to not lose the meet.
Kerns, Daly, Nimkoff and Johnson turned out to be the right combination, getting the win in 3:49.51 and allowing Weston to force a tie, bringing its record to 10-0-1.
Weston finishes the regular season this week.