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Up to the challenge

T-Birds defeat Medford in the pool


October 15, 2019 by Brett LaBore


The Lakeland girls’ swim team looked to continue their conference win streak when Medford came to town on Thursday, Oct. 10. 

Both teams came into the meet 4-1 in conference. The Thunderbirds prevailed with a 98-72 victory.

“We expected (Medford) to be tough and the girls really rose up to the occasion,” coach Chris Garcia said. “They were ready to race and to leave it all in the pool.”

Rylee Ahlborn won two events on the night. She won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:25.72, dropping three seconds from her best time. She swam the fastest split of the event at 29.89. Ahlborn also won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 57.41, the only time under a minute.

Mariah Angove won two events as well. She won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:11.35. Her initial split of 29.24 was the only split under 30 seconds. Angove then won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.62, dropping two seconds off her lifetime best. 

Brie Wescott won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.97, the only time under 27 seconds.

Naomi Hamerla won the 100-yard butterfly. She swam a time of 1:05.12, her best time of the year.

The Thunderbirds won two of the three relays. The team of Wescott, Angove, Hamerla and Ahlborn won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.72.

Then, the team of Amanda Kosmen, Hamerla, Angove and Ahlborn ended the night with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time a 4:00.53.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Kosmen, Lacrosse Margitan, Nina Starynski and Cameryn Teichmiller finished second.

The other Lakeland medley relay team comprised of Morgan Nowak, Carly Main, Hanna Wegner-Clements and Alysse Teichmiller finished third with a time of 2:34.29. 

“Our B relay in the medley relay did a great job of coming in third, so they did a nice job of getting a couple points for us,” Garcia said. 

In addition to the relays, Kosmen finished second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.92. She also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:13.10.

“Amanda Kosmen did a good job of coming in second which is big points for us,” Garcia said. 

Hamerla also finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:10.91.

Margitan finished third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:26.43, dropping 11 seconds off her time. She also had a lifetime best in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming a time of 1:21.76.

Main finished fourth in the 200-yard IM with a time of 3:02.36, dropping nine seconds for a lifetime best.

The win puts the Thunderbirds at 5-1, second to the 6-0 Rhinelander Hodags. 

“We’ve really been working hard because we’re right in the meat of our season,” Garcia said. “I think the hard work they’ve been doing since August is starting to come through. It’ll build their conference through the last dual meet and conference meet.” 

Their next meet comes Thursday, Oct. 17 at Ladysmith starting at 5:30 p.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected].

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