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Lyman swimmers take top spots at state

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

These Lady Eagles placed in their events at state. Not pictured are Ashley Ott and Saxen Walker. Courtesy photos

The Lyman High School swim team met with other teams from around the state last week to compete for the title of state champion. Several girls from the Lyman team were able to take top marks, including claiming second place in the diving event.

In the 200 medley relay, which was composed of Mandi Loveless, Kanadee Eyre, Karissa Nelson, and Kaci Fotheringham, the Eagles were able to claim 10th place with a finishing time of 2:20.88. The 200 freestyle relay team, including McCaslynn Bradshaw, Amber Fernandez, Ashley Ott, and Saxen Walker, finished in a time of 1:52.43 and took 9th place. The same team competed in the 400 Freestyle Relay as well and took 7th with a time of 4:10.92.

In individual events, Amber Fernandez, a senior, took 13th place in the 200 Freestyle in a time of 2:16.50 and finished the 500 freestlye with a 6:02.22, taking 5th. Ashley Ott took 14th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:40.49 and 18th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:15.97. Kaci Fotheringham had a 2:47.75 finish in the 200 individual medley, earning 19th place. Karissa Nelson finished 21st in the 100 butterfly, finishing in a time of 1:19.33. McCaslynn Bradshaw took 10th in the 100 freestyle and 9th in the 100 backstroke with a 59.98 in the freestyle and a 1:09.25 in the backstroke. Senior Saxen Walker took 19th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:04.25 and 17th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:55.56. Finishing in a time of 6:22.17, Traci Rollins claimed 14th in the 599 freestyle. In the 100 backstroke, Jovie Cheney finished with a time of 1:13.75, earning 17th place. Mandi Loveless claimed 19th place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:14.22.

Marissa Taylor, assistant coach to the team, said, “They did really well this year, especially at the State Meet. Eleven girls qualified and everyone hit their best times during Conference and State.”

“I was really proud of how the girls did this year,” said assistant coach Raegin Haycock. “They performed well and we got a lot of girls to State. I am excited to see how they do next season and I really appreciated their hard work and the way they treated each other. Our state meet was a great way to end the season.”

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