Indians record season best times

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Rachel Waite is one of Tecumseh's swimmers recording season best times. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Some of the best times of the season were recorded by Tecumseh’s varsity girls swim and dive team last week with several Indians clocking in quicker than ever in home competitions.

While the Indians lost 120.5-65.5 against the visiting Bedford Kicking Mules on Thursday, Oct. 4, diver Sarah Kelly qualified for regional competition with six first place points. She placed 20th at the Division III state meet last year.

Tecumseh also had season best times recorded by Mackenzie Foss, Nicole Green, Nicole Collins, Rachel Waite, Kelsey Smith, Karly Smith, Grace Mills, Taylor McClinchey, Jennifer Gozdor and Elizabeth Becker.

Waite placed first in the 200-yard IM well ahead of the rest of the group with a time of 2:19.45. Teammate Karly Smith placed second with a time of 2:35.29.

Waite had to battle it out in the 100-yard breaststroke with Bedford’s Hanna Martin but was able to pull ahead in the last leg for a first place time of 1:09.03. Martin touched the wall in 1:10.08.

Kelly won the diving competition with a score of 177.05 while the closest competitor was Bedford’s Lola Engfer with a score of 154.40.

Greene placed first for Tecumseh in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.10, just ahead of Bedford’s Sarah Jones second place time of 1:07.77.

Bedford placed first in all other events.

Twelve of Tecumseh’s swimmers recorded season best times at the annual Tecumseh Kiwanis Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6. The unscored team event featured races in freshmen/sophomore and junior/senior divisions.

Cutting their season best times were Tecumseh’s Allison Eubanks (50- 100-yard freestyles), Mills (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke), McClinchey (200-yard freestyle, 50-yard backstroke, 200-yard Individual Medley), Collins (100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle), Green (100-yard backstroke, qualified for state) and Gozdor (100-yard backstroke).

Waite was the lone Indians to win an event during the invite with a first place in the 100-yard breaststroke in the junior/senior division. Her time of 1:09.39 was just under three seconds lower than Tara Vermandere of Bedford’s second place time of 1:12.04. Last year at the Division III state meet Waite placed fourth in the event with a time of 1:07.90.

Bedford’s Hannah Asselin placed first in the freshmen/sophomore 100-yard backstroke (1:21.08).

Waite also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.44 behind Plymouth’s Emily Toro’s time of 1:01.27.

Dewey Logan of Bedford won the freshmen/sophomore 100-yard butterfly (1:06.53).

Kelly placed second for Tecumseh in the junior/senior diving event with a score of 269.50 behind Adrian’s Nicole Martin (279.70).

Megan Mekeehan (258.60) placed first in the freshmen/sophomore diving event.

Adrian won the freshmen/sophomore 200-yard medley relay (2:03.32, Victoria Mueller, Olivia Hanley, Hannah Barr, Carolyn Roberts) while Bedford placed first in the junior/senior division (1:56.85).

Plymouth won both the freshmen/sophomore (Alexa Earls, 2:04.86) and junior/senior divisions (1:56.32, Sarah Dombrowski) in the 200-yard freestyle races.

Adrian’s Mueller (2:28.57) placed first in the freshmen/sophomore 200-yard IM while Plymouth’s Toro won the junior/senior race (2:12.86).

Bedford won both divisions (Lexi Marok, 27.26, Kelsey Stark, 25.88) of the 50-yard freestyle.

Plymouth’s Alexa Earls won the freshmen/sophomore 100-yard freestyle (57.71) while Bedford’s Stark placed first in the junior/senior (55.97) division.

Bedford’s Sarah Mulder placed first in the freshmen/sophomore 500-yard freestyle (6:24.76) while Plymouth’s Sarah Domkowski won the junior/senior race (5:03.20).

Bedford won the freshmen/sophomore 200-yard freestyle relay (1:49.28) while Plymouth won the junior/senior race (1:43.82).

Adrian’s Mueller won the freshmen/sophomore 100-yard backstroke (1:07.15) while Bedford’s Hannah Martin won the junior/senior race (1:02.60).

Tecumseh’s Greene placed second in the junior/senior race with a time of 1:05.19.

In the final event of the invite, the Indians placed third in the junior/senior 400-yard freestyle relay (Greene, Mackenzie Foss, Waite, Collins, 4:00.34) while Plymouth won the event (3:48.79).

Adrian placed first in the freshmen/sophomore 400-yard freestyle relay (Carolyn Roberts, Hannah Barr, Nicole McCann, Mueller, 4:12.84).

The Indians have just two home meets remaining in the season. Tecumseh competes next at home on Thursday, Oct. 11 against Dexter and follows with a road trip to Chelsea on Thursday, Oct. 18. Tecumseh’s final home meet is against Adrian on Thursday, Oct. 25.




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