Thatcher satisfied with first state

Joe Spencer | Staff Writer

Freshman Zoe Thatcher continued her first high school swimming season with a finish of third at the state meet in the 500-yard freestyle, with a time of 4:52:27.

“I was extremely happy with my finish in the 500,” Thatcher said. “I finished very close to the two top girls in the state.”

While Thatcher swam well, she admitted to having some nerve problems at her first state meet.

“[Because it was] my first state meet, I could feel the pressure from the meet and the atmosphere,” Thatcher said. “I was…slightly intimidated by the girl who finished first, because she is going to be swimming in the Olympic trials this summer,” Thatcher said.

These two medal-earning finishes by Thatcher helped Mason get sixth place overall at the competition. The team finish was also helped by a fifth-place finish by junior Morgan Emter in the 100-yard breaststroke and a seventh-place finish by the 200-yard medley relay. The team consisted of freshman Maureen Sullivan, junior Morgan Emter, senior Katie Heywood, and senior Betsy Stemple.

Another point-receiver was sophomore Madeline Sewell who finished fifth in the diving competition.

Varsity head coach Mark Sullivan said he was also shocked at his team’s great finish.

“We had an outstanding state meet,” Sullivan said. “We were a very inexperienced team and finishing so high [was] great. We got many points from all sides of the meet [in] swimming and diving.”