Weekly Feature

2018-10-10 / Sports

Kenmore West swimming finishes regular season 4-3


The Kenmore West girls swim team might have been small this year, but it was not a pushover. The Lady Blue Devils went 4-3 in Niagara Frontier League play despite having just 12 girls on the varsity team.

“This past Friday we actually finished our dual season,” Kenmore West coach Carrie Meetze said. “So. with my team being the smallest in the NFL, I was very impressed with how we finished overall. We have the NFL Championship Meet next week, but we’re done with the dual season.”

The program did not have a JV team this year, so all the girls practiced together for the first time. This might have actually helped the team this year.

“The girls have been practicing really hard,” Meetze said. “We don’t have a JV team, so this is the first time since I’ve been coaching that we haven’t had a JV. We’re just one big team. We used to have separate practices for both JV and varsity. I just think that now everyone is cheering everyone else on and everybody knows that every single point counts. In every meet, everyone has had at least one best time.”

The team was led by the efforts of senior Gillian Boal, a two-time New York State Championship meet qualifier who has not lost a race yet this year.

“She hasn’t lost a race this year,” Meetze said. “She is currently in the 100 free; she is .5 seconds off the state team and in the 50 free, she is .04 off the state time. She’s been to the state meet the last two years.”

Bailey Wiegand has also been impressive this year, losing just one race all year and setting a pool record at City Honors.

“She has also won almost every event minus one this year,” Meetze said. “Both her and Gillian are co-captains. Bailey, when swimming at City Honors earlier this year, got their pool record in the 100 breaststroke.”

The team will next have to compete at the Niagara Frontier League Championship meet and then the Class A meet. They’re trying to be competitive in each event and make sure the top girls can get as far as possible.

“We are hoping to kind of be in the top three in the NFL,” Meetze said. “Because the NFL counts as seven meets total, it counts as seven possible wins. We’re trying to be competitive in all the events, so just spreading the girls out is one of the things we’re trying to do so we can beat as many of the teams as possible.

“This year is kind of weird. There is a Class A, B and C. Some of the girls have already qualified for Class A and some of the girls are trying to get those Class A times.”

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