Girls swimming places second in state for consecutive year

Eric Michael | Staff Writer

The girls swimming team had a successful day at the state meet on February 24-25 in Canton, Ohio. Totaling 230 points, the girls finished second in the state just behind Upper Arlington, making this the second consecutive year of these two teams headlining the tournament with the same 1-2 punch.

Junior standout Allison Bloebaum said that grasping the silver medal had a bittersweet taste to it. While she wishes her team could’ve been standing on top of the podium, she was proud to see what her team was able to accomplish.

“It was definitely hard getting second, but if you look what we accomplished as a team overall this entire season, we definitely did a really good job coming together,” Bloebaum said. “That team atmosphere is definitely there, and that’s what is most important. Even though we didn’t win, we’re still happy with our second place. We’re all so proud of each other.”

Bloebaum saw a lot of individual success on Saturday, placing first in both the 500 and 200-yard freestyles. Bloebaum said that while her success was extremely satisfying, it did not come easy.

“I’ve been working the whole season for this,” Bloebaum said. “I came back from state last year and said I’m going to win state this year. To have that dream come true is pretty amazing.”

Coming off of a state championship performance in the 400 free relay in 2016, the Comets swam to a second place finish in all three of their relays this year, racing in the 400 free relay once again, along with the 200 free and 200 medley relays. Senior Caroline Wolf, who swam in the 200-yard medley relay, said that winning relay events is more satisfying than obtaining individual accomplishments because she can celebrate it with her team.

“I think the relay is way cooler because it’s a team aspect,” Wolf said. “In swimming, you feel like it’s very individual, but when the relay comes together to do that well, it’s really cool to see how well we do together.”

The Comets shined in many other individual events as well. Junior Lauren Thomas placed sixth in the 200-yard Individual Medley and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke. Stanford swimming commit Ashley Volpenhein placed first in the 100-yard freestyle and second in the 50-yard freestyle. Harna Minezawa placed sixth in 100-yard fly and seventh in the 100-yard fly. The weekend capped off yet another successful season for the Comets swimmers.