By JOHN HODGSON • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Girls’ Varsity Swimmers closed out a championship 2021 fall season with a stellar weekend competing in state contests in Syracuse, N.Y., on November 5 and 7.
Swimmers competed in 11 events during Section 3 sectionals on November 5, with all eight team members posting ‘best times’ for the year.
Team captain Ariadne Hodgson hit her goal of 1:10 in the 100-yard butterfly, guaranteeing her a spot in the state qualifiers on November 7. Fellow team captain Rylie Austin was the fastest swimmer of the day with a 28.11-second 50-yard freestyle. And team allstar Jaina Bischof posted her best-ever time with 1:04.49 in the 100-yard freestyle.
Emily Kane at age 12, the youngest swimmer in the November 5 meet, dropped a full second off her 200-meter freestyle and three seconds off her 500-meter freestyle. She placed fourth and second, respectively, sending her to the November 7 state qualifiers.
The varsity girls’ freestyle relay team won a trip to the qualifiers when members Erica Eggleston, Annie Walker, Rylie Austin, and Tara Phillips marked 4:54.92 in the 4×100 contest. Ariadne Hodgson, Rylie Austin, Emily Kane, and Jaina Bischof’s team also headed to the November 7 qualifier in the 200-meter IM and 200-meter freestyle relays.
Varsity swimmer Tara Phillips wowed her team by dropping two seconds off her best-ever time in the 100-yard breaststroke, hitting 1:28.07.
Cooperstown Varsity Girls Swim Team moved on to compete at State Qualifiers at Nottingham
On Sunday, November 7th. the Cooperstown Varsity Girls Swim Team had a great end of season meet. Eight swimmers moved on to Section 3 State Qualifiers on Sunday, November 7th at Nottingham HS. Coop finished the day placing 23rd out of 28 teams with impressive performances by both relay teams.