It’s apparent Haley Shaw is prepared to have a strong season for the Fenton varsity girls swimming and diving team.
She had an outstanding day on Saturday, helping lead the Fenton Tigers to a second-place team finish at the Genesee County Swimming and Diving Championships.
Getting second wasn’t easy. Fenton scored 275 points, while Brandon was third (229), Powers was fourth (213) and Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing was fifth (200).
Shaw took part in three first-place finishes, and broke a few records in the process at the meet held at Fenton High School.
Holly’s Courtney Konopitski also had a strong meet, winning two events and leading the Bronchos to a seventh-place team finish.
Shaw recorded what is the best known time recorded this fall in the 200 individual medley in Division 2. She posted a Fenton school record time 2:07.64. In the process she also broke a pool and a meet record as well.
Meanwhile, she also broke her own pool meet and school record in the 100 backstroke, posting a time of 57.54 seconds.
“Haley knew she would be going against (Lapeer’s Emily) Shallman, last year’s winner and pool holder, so she knew she was going to have a fast race. She did. She posted two individual best times that were incredible.”
The Tigers’ other first came in the opening race of the finals — the 200 medley relay. Meagan Cassner, Shaw, Lauren Davis and Gabrielle Haaraoja earned a state qualifying time in the event with a 1:59.26.
Konopitski also had a strong showing with her two firsts. She won the 200 freestyle (2:00.89) and the 100 freestyle (55.36), both with state cuts.
Haaraoja also had a strong showing for Fenton at the meet. She earned two individual seconds. She took second in the 50 freestyle (24.96) and in the 100 freestyle (55.65). Her 50 freestyle is among the top five times posted this season.
The Tigers’ other individual second was recorded by Mackenzie Deputy, who earned a diving score of 293.6.
Fenton had one more second, but it came in a relay. The 400 freestyle relay team of Haaraoja, Davis, Cassner and Shaw earned second with a time of 3:50.21, just .22 seconds behind Grand Blanc’s winning team.
The Tigers’ final individual top-five performance was posted by Cassner in the 100 backstroke.
Meanwhile, Jones said many others had strong showings. For example, freshman Brianna Costigan placed ninth in the 200 freestyle (2:15.25) and 16th in the 100 freestyle (1:04.37). Fellow freshman McKenzie Mead placed ninth in the 100 butterfly (1:15.43).
“Second was our goal,” Jones said. “We knew going in that we could not compete with Grand Blanc’s depth. I knew that second to fifth place would be close. Because it’s a building year, we knew our new swimmers had to compete with everyone else in the Metro, and they did. Our goal was to make sure we were ahead of the other Metro schools. I felt our younger swimmers did very well.”
Fenton hosts Kearsley for a Metro dual on Thursday at 6 p.m. Holly swim hosts Brandon for a meet on Thursday as well. On Oct. 12 and 13 those swimmers who have qualified will go to the MISCA meet at Eastern Michigan State University.