BOYS SWIM AND DIVE TWO-TIME CHAMPIONS, GIRLS TAKE SECOND

SWIMMING FAST: West side swimmers and divers prepare for their meets Thursday (1/12) and Saturday (1/14)

The return of the West Lafayette Red Devils’ swim and dive team to Hoosier Conference marked a second place finish for the girls and another first place victory for the boys.

Ben Virata ‘17 and Charlie Ho ‘18 represented West Side at the diving portion of the conference, which was held at home on Thursday, January 12th. Virata placed second, an asset to the boys’ total score of 367.5, 7.5 points above the team’s primary competitor, Northwestern.

The most deciding event for the boys occurred at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center on Saturday, January 14. An essential contributor in the pool was Keegan Sheiss ‘19, who finished first in both of the West Lafayette boys’ wins – the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. These wins and a win for Twin Lakes in the 400 freestyle relay ultimately decided the outcome of the meet, as a win for Twin Lakes stole critical points from Northwestern.

Other standout performers for the boys included Samuele Bevilacqua ‘19 and Mark Lim ‘19, who both placed in the top five for two events.

The girls, who received second place in the conference, can also credit their success to the persistence of several key athletes on the team. A significant portion of their final score of 327 points is owed to the swimmers in the 200 medley relay: Victoria Sinfield ‘19, Lucy Ho ‘20, Maddie Sheiss ‘19 and Hannah Kidwell ‘19, who jointly broke Western’s record for the event.

Despite the team’s strong efforts in the swimming events, the first place finish most likely could not be done without the vital points the diving events didn’t contribute, given the deficiency of female divers on the team. Another contributor to team’s success was Christina Tong ‘19, who placed in the top eight for the 100 breast.  Expressing her disappointment towards the outcome of the meet, Tong said, “We were already down 48 points from diving, and that’s the main reason why we lost. ”

 

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