Girls on the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk swim team has a strong showing at the Section II Division II Swimming and Diving Sectionals where the team participated in relays and seven girls qualified in individual events.
Freshmen Bailey Grogan and Ginny Frazee qualified for the first time and were able to significantly improve their personal records in their events. Varsity veterans Emma Rowzee, Kaley Pagnotta, and Carys Bartlett returned for finals in the consolation heat. Rowzee took 3.29 seconds off her seed time in the 100 yard freestyle to place 16th in the section. She also had a spectacular run in the 100 yard breaststroke finishing 13th.
After battling injury for the majority of the season, Kaley Pagnotta proved that she can overcome setbacks, finishing 14th in the 50 yard freestyle and 13th in the 100 yard freestyle, dropping a total of 4.44 seconds in events that are decided by milliseconds. Bartlett climbed one rank in both the 100 yard butterfly and the 100 yard backstroke finishing 13th and 12th respectively.
Gillian Burch and Emily Sulik qualified in the top eight to compete in the Division II final heat. The teammates went head-to-head in the 200 yard individual medley with Burch finishing first and Sulik finishing third. In the preliminary round Sulik broke one of Burch’s eight individual event records in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:22.76, and placed 4th in the final round.
After years of being in the hunt, Burch finally brought home a first place ribbon in the 100 yard breaststroke. Burch has qualified for the State Championships in breaststroke since 8th grade and this year she adds All-American Consideration to her list of accomplishments. She was also awarded the Section II Division II Coaches Award, which is voted on by all the coaches in the division.
Both the 200 yard medley relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay teams competed in the finals. The medley relay finished 5th in the section with a time of 1:56.59. Also impressive, the 400 yard freestyle relay finished third in the section with a time of 3:49.37.
“The RCS swim team has been a small, strong group of young women for sometime now,” Swim coach Elyse Louglin said. “But their performances at sectionals shows that the RCS Girls Varsity Swim Team has arrived.”