STERLING – The Sterling girls swim team got a look at where they hope to be one day, in the form of a visit from Byron.
The Tigers swept all the races in posting a 121-45 victory on Tuesday afternoon at the Duis Center. It was Senior Night for the Golden Warriors.
“I think they’re fantastic and they make us better,” Sterling’s Elizabeth Capes said. “For teams to push us, that makes us better as a whole team.”
The top performances came from Capes in the 100 backstroke and Paige Geil in the 100 breaststroke.
Capes cut about a second off her previous best with a time of 1 minutes, 17.86 seconds, good for fifth place.
“I kicked harder and worked on my turns,” Capes said, “but I also tried to scope out where my competition was as I was swimming.”
Capes also took third place in the 100 butterfly (1:21.1).
Geil placed third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:24.84, which sliced about a second off her previous best.
“I really focused on my start and made sure my turns were really fast just to get ahead of my competition,” Geil said.
Geil was also second in the 50 free (30.8) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:45.93).
Michelle Henderson-Bellows was second in the 500 freestyle (7:21.72).
Third-place finishers included Payton Purdy in the 200 IM (2:37.45) and 100 free (1:03.31), Lydia Anton in the 500 freestyle (7:34.58), and Sydney Graves in the 200 freestyle (2:35.29).
Taking fourth for the Warriors were Katherine Garland in the 100 backstroke (1:17.34), Ellie Preston in the 50 freestyle (31.08), Alena Taylor in the 100 butterfly (1:21.17) and 200 freestyle (2:35.59), and Alexis Echebarria in the 500 freestyle (7:50.92).
The top swimmer for Byron was Audrey Kilmer, who won the 50 butterfly (27.79 seconds), 50 freestyle (25.21) and 100 freestyle (54.45). She also swam legs on the winning 200 medley (1:59.05) and 200 freestyle (1:48.19) relays.
Prior to the swimming portion of the meet, diver Laci Long, a Dixon student, put on show with a six-dive total of 233.6 points, 7 more than the school record she already held.
The total possibly could have been higher had she executed a dive with a higher degree of difficulty. That was a reverse 1½ that occasionally goes awry.
“I could have done that, but I didn’t want to,” Long said. “I was scared. Usually when I do it, I spin it really slow and land on my back. I’ve just got pull it harder, spot and spin it harder.”
Oregon student Emily Marshall also swam legs on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle (4:02.30) relays, and fellow Hawk Avery Clark also swam in the 400 free relay.