The Flint Powers Catholic varsity girls swim team recently placed third at the Saginaw Valley League Championship Meet at Midland Dow High School.
Helping lead the squad to third were six athletes that call the tri-county area their home.
Lara Wujciak, Lauren Taylor, Grace Spezia, Hannah Potochny, Emma Potochny and Katelyn Iordanou were those athletes, helping the Chargers finish the meet with 363.3 team points, well ahead of Saginaw Heritage’s fourth-place total of 209. Grand Blanc (658.5) won the meet while Midland Dow (614) placed second.
Lara Wujciak had an outstanding meet, placing first in two individual events and helping another relay to a new school record time. Wujciak earned the league championship in the 100 butterfly (56.59) and the 100 backstroke individually (59.27). The event title in the 100 butterfly was her fourth straight and her time was a personal-best as well as a meet record and a Dow pool record. She placed fifth at the Division 3 state meet a year ago in the event.
She also helped the 200 medley relay earn a school record time of 1:51.68, while placing third. Also competing on the relay were Abby Merz, Taylor and Olivia Camara. The same four swimmers also hold the school record in the 200 freestyle relay, a record they earned in 2019. Finally, she was on the team’s fourth-place 200 freestyle relay team, with Emily Bhagat, Camara and Merz, earning a time of 1:43.82. Wujciak’s performances earned her the shared honor of “Swimmer of the Meet.”
Taylor finished in the top five in two events individually and helped another relay finish in third place. She teamed with Emily Snyder, Iordanou and Bhagat to earn that third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:55.58). Individually, she placed fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:21.30) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.39).
All three relays are qualified for the D3 state meet. Wujciak and Taylor are qualified in their two individual events.
The other top performances from area competitors were Hannah Potochny who placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (1:04.91) and Emma Potochny who placed 10th in the 100 butterfly (1:08.21) and 12th in the 100 backstroke (1:11.72).