Lady Panther swimmers earn victory over Olympia
- The Washington girls swimming team won two of its first three duals.
The Washington girls swimming team won two of its first three duals.
The Lady Panthers project to be able to fill all events this season except diving.
“Obviously, the dedication and talent is there and depth helps,” said WCHS head coach Aaron Points.
There are 12 Washington swimmers, up from the nine who finished last season.
Points expects seniors Lauren Stockton and Erin Misselhorn and freshmen Lauren Jenkins and Rachael Shangraw to carry the bulk of the load.
Meghan Rest figures to be another impact freshman. She also is a integral member of the Lady Panther girls cross country team.
The rest of the Washington roster includes: juniors Kaelia Chronowski, Sydney Ksycki and Jensenn Stone and sophomores Alysabeth Buck and Claire Ditman.
Stockton is aiming to qualify for the Illinois High School Association state final in multiple events.
“The team as a whole is just trying to improve,” Points said.
The Lady Panthers’ practice regimen is different than most area teams.
The girls now are in the midst of logging heavy yardage workouts.
Points said he hopes he can continue that structure in the future.
After a Sept. 6 loss at Pekin preceded a win five days later at Macomb, Washington whipped Olympia Thursday, 119-40.
The Lady Panthers were first in all 11 contested competitions.
Jenkins (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly), Stockton (50 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Misselhorn (100 free, 100 backstroke) all won two individual events.
Buck was victorious in the 200 free and Shangraw took top honors in the 100 breaststroke.
A variety of girls chipped in during Washington’s three relay wins.
“At least the girls know where they stand currently and can align their goals for the rest of the season,” said Points, who again is assisted by JoAnn Fraser.
The Lady Panther season continues Saturday at the Bloomington Invitational.