The Fenton varsity girls swim team has the potential of having one of its greatest seasons ever this fall.
The Tigers have already made it a pretty memorable season.
Fenton captured its own Fenton Relays title for the first time in recent memory, beating out challenges by Division 1 schools Brighton and Grand Blanc.
Fenton took firsts in five of the 12 events en route to 378 team points, two more than second-place Brighton (376). County rival Grand Blanc took third with 364 points. Holly also competed at the event and finished in 13th place with 110 points.
The competition came down to the final race of the night, the 8X50 yard Spees sprint relay. The Tigers needed to finish at least second place to lock up the title, and did just that. The team of Gracie Olsen, Lillie Kromer, Abigail Dolliver, Halee Alexander, Rose Haney, Delaney Fries, Abby Carrigan and Madeline Kazmierski posted a time of 3:33.27, more than one second better than Grand Blanc’s third-place time of 3:34.76.
It was a great team effort for us,” Fenton varsity girls swim coach Brad Jones said. “It has been a long time since we have won this meet, so this was an exciting win for us.
“It was a close meet all the way through between Fenton, Brighton, and Grand Blanc. We traded the lead with Brighton three times during the meet and it is always fun when it comes down to the last event.”
Olsen and Kromer led the way with three relay victories each. The duo teamed with Delaney Fries and Abigail Dolliver to win the 400 medley relay (4:10.41) and with Mallorie Johnson and Sophie Stefanac to win the 850 crescedo relay (8:39.76). Kromer also teamed with Abby Carrigan, Fries and Johnson to win the 200 backstroke relay (1:58.21) while Olsen teamed with Madeline Kazmierski, Halee Alexander and Rose Haney to win the 200 butterfly (1:54.18).
Fenton’s other first was earned by divers Chloe Mallard and Morgan Smith (347.10).
Five other relay teams ended in the top three places. The 800 freestyle team of Stefanac, Logan Harrison, Kazmierski and Dolliver earned a second (8:42.92) as did the the 8X50 freestyle relay.
The third-place finishers were Kazmierski, Alexander, Fries and Haney in the 4X100 individual medley relay; Dolliver, Stefanac, Carrigan, Logan Harrison in the 400 freestyle relay (4:01.67); and Carrigan, Haney, Alexander and Julia Kosielniak in the 20 medley relay (2:02.35).
Holly’s top performing squad was the 400 medley relay team of Lauren Costigan, Rebecca Costigan, Ella Althaver and Aby Bullard. They placed sixth with a time of 4:47.41. The 200 breaststroke relay team of Margaret Cylkowski, Eryn Bayer, Abby Bayer and Costigan took seventh (2:40.58).
“All the girls swam their hearts out and continued to cheer each other on throughout,” Holly girls swim coach Jessica Drogemuller said. “The Broncho girls showed great promise for the rest of the season. The excitement and support surrounding the team contributed to the individual successes for many of the girls, whether it was attaining a personal goal time, or simply finishing a race they’d never swam before; they help of their teammates was extremely important.”