Swimming States

By Finnan Gammell

This past Saturday, East Greenwich sent seven boys (Robert Sprague, Owen Thibodeau, Jacob Pierce, Christian Falcon, Carson Paull, Tyler Caterson, and Finan Gammell) and seven girls (Megan Huntley, Jessika Finger, Madi Siedliski, Mia Pinkes, Audrey Kling, Ava Bradshaw, and Grace Nardozzi) to Brown University’s Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatic Center to compete in RIIL’s High School Swimming States Championship. To attend the meet, swimmers must have swam a qualifying time for any one of the following events seen in this link: HERE, or scored a spot on any one of their school’s three relays. Swimmers can compete in a maximum of four events each, including relays. The top 16 finishers in each event score points for their school and the top 8 finishers in each event are awarded medals. The boys’ session was held in the morning and began at 9 am, which was followed by the girls’ session which began at 2:30 pm. 

The Kathrine Moran Coleman Aquatic Center, where States were held

Standing in the 20 degrees cold, with sockless toes shriveling into the little warmth they can find within their flip flops beneath, the boys’ swim team waited in anticipation of the meet ahead of them. Though no medals were earned amongst the team, the athletes tried their very best, with many of them swimming personal bests. Most notably, the boy’s 400 Yard Freestyle Relay entered the meet with a seed time of 4:01.15 and was shooting to break four minutes. Thanks to the valiant efforts of all relay members, the group was able to demolish their goal, dropping over four seconds to swim at a time of 3:56.73. This surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations, and was a great way to conclude the season! Additionally, the team spirit, sportsmanship, and support exhibited by each member of the boys’ team was worthy of an award. Between races, the athletes were always standing poolside cheering on their fellow teammates. The EG boys placed 22nd in the state, which considering that most of the swimmers are not currently swimming with a private club team is beyond impressive. Plus, the boys are hopeful for next year’s season and have plans to expand the team by recruiting more swimmers. 

The EG Girls celebrating their success at states

The East Greenwich girls made quite the showing at states. As you may have heard over the loudspeakers, Megan Huntley won the 100 free, while also breaking the school record (her old record) in the event! Additionally, there were top 8 individual finishes (earning medals) in the 50 Free and 100 Free by Grace Nardozzi (8th and 7th), the 500 Free by Ava Bradshaw (7th),  the 100 Back by Jessika Finger (8th), and again by Megan Huntley in the 200 Free (4th). Not to mention, the girls took medals home in the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay placing 7th and 5th, respectively. With 14 medals total, it was no wonder that the girls’ team was able to score 5th place overall, the second-highest placing team in Division II. In addition to the truckload of hardware won, team spirit was strong and made the experience for the swimmers that much more memorable. The team is optimistic for next year’s season, and many of the girls will continue to practice in the off-season with their respective club teams to get even faster. This meet concluded the swim season, though a banquet likely will be held to celebrate the team’s success. 

If you are considering joining the swim, I as a member of the EG swim team myself would highly recommend it! The sport is great fun and allows you to meet new people and create new connections. Signups and informational meetings are generally held around mid-November, so definitely check it out if you are interested. Hope to see you next year!

Additional information about Swimming States can be found on the RIIL website here: LINK.

Morgan Walsh

Morgan is currently a Sophomore, graduating in 2023. Her favorite book is Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis. She loves writing about club events at school; discovering and showing others the passions that many students at EGHS have for the things they do makes for a very feel-good article. Morgan also loves writing local stories about learning more about/ advocating for the environment and ways to protect it.