BHS Girls Make Huge "Splash"

Bethel Girls Ninth at State Champiuonship

 The Girls of BHS Swim team took ninth place at the Splash Classic in Plainville this weekend.

"Splash" is the Connecticut state finals for Girls' swimming during the Boys' winter season, and the Wildcats scored their best overall finish and highest points ever (68).

Perennial powerhouse Avon High, won the meet with 310 points, while local teams Joel Barlow (40), Oxford (29) and Danbury (29) also swam well.    

Earning medals for top six finishes were junior Sarah Whalen (6th in 500 Free) and freshman Olivia Wootton, who took a pair of 4th places in the 200 Free and 100 Free. Whalen just missed out on another medal by less than half a second finishing 7th with an awesome 2:31, almost 4 seconds faster than her previous best in the 200 IM.   

Also scoring points for the Wildcats were the three strong relay teams. Leading off the meet, the 200 yard Medley team of backstroke Aiden Ford, breaststroke Molly Nichols, butterfly Sarah Whalen and freestyle Molly Gallagher finished 9th with 2:14.97.

The speedsters of the 200 Free Relay also took 9th a 1:55.55 with senior captain Katie Bozzuti leading off, followed by Gallagher, Helen Belato and anchored by Wootton.   

Confident that the team was having a great day, the 400 Free Relay team ended the meet with a huge 7th place finish with a 4:10.99. Tearing up the pool were Whalen, Bozzuti, Ford and anchor Wootton, who swam a season best 57.80.   

Coach Katie McGowan is proud of her team's top finish and can look forward to the future too as only two seniors, Bozzuti and Caitlin Pirro, were among the twenty swimmers competing at this year's Splash. Many of these swimmers will be back in the pool this week competing at the SWC Championships at Masuk High. 

TOP 25 Finishes at Splash: 

200 Medley Relay: 9th - Aiden Ford, Molly Nichols, Sarah Whalen, Molly Gallagher 20th - Katie Joseph, Lindsay Guercio, Cara Bernardo, Amy Gallagher 25th - Theresa Vlash, Serena Coons, Caitlin Pirro, Katie Book

 200 Free: 4th - Olivia Wootton 14th - Katie Bozzuti 25th - Aiden Ford 

200 IM:7th - Sarah Whalen 50 Free:23rd - Molly Gallagher25th - Juliana Bell Diving:15th - Julia Morton 100 Free:4th - Olivia Wootton 

500 Free:6th - Sarah Whalen16th - Katie Bozzuti20th - Molly Nichols 

200 Free Relay:9th - Katie Bozzuti, Molly Gallagher, Helen Belato, Olivia Wootton20th - Cara Bernardo, Lindsay Guercio, Kelly Sandberg, Juliana Bell 100 Back:16th - Aiden Ford 100 Breast:13th - Molly Nichols 

400 Free Relay:7th - Sarah Whalen, Katie Bozzuti, Aiden Ford, Olivia Wootton 20th - Morgan Marquis, Helen Belato, Kelly Sandberg, Juliana Bell24th - Lindsay Guercio, Serena Coons, Amanda Basso, Caitlin Pirro    


Robin Bjornson February 29, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Great job GIRLS!!!! I am so proud of everyone, it was an amazing meet to watch!!
Heather Whalen March 01, 2012 at 11:59 AM
These girls sawm fast, and they had the full support of the boys and the Bethel fans!!!


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