Records fall as Notre Dame's girls swimming team edges out Marian for all-county honors.
Notre Dame's girls swim team set four school records, placing eighth out of 32 teams at the 2018 Oakland County Championships, held Saturday at Waterford Mott High School. Every Irish swimmer swam a personal best time in the meet.
In the first event, the 200 medley relay team of Alina Stanczak (fr.), Josephine Honoway (so.), Rhianna Hensler (jr.) and Libby Stacey (jr.) placed third among very tough competition and broke the school record for the event with a time of 1:48.99.
According to NDP head coach Mark McGreevy, Lindsey Creek (so.) started off the individual wins with a 16th place finish in the 200 free, then went on to break the school record in the 500 free, capturing all-county 8th place with a time of 5:12.03, smashing the previous record by almost 10 seconds.
"Hensler then placed 3rd in the 50 free with an NDP record time of 23.74, and repeated as champion in the 100 butterfly (54.96), beating her D3 state record time set last year at the state meet," McGreevy said. "Rounding out the all-county individual honors was Stanczak, taking 8th in the 100 back (59.50) and 25th in the 50 free."
Stacey placed 26th in the 50 free (25.73) and 25th in the 100 free, with a D3 state qualifying time of 56.21. Honoway placed 31st in the 100 breaststroke, with a new personal best time of 1:11.29.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Allison Healy (jr.), Kasia Bennett (so.), Deirdre Schiefer (sr.) and Isabella Vecchio (jr.) teamed up to finish 25th with a time of 1:49.93, all swimming their personal best times. In the 400 freestyle relay, the team of Stacey, Creek, Stanczak and Hensler took a 10th place finish with a time of 3:42.78.
McGreevy was very happy with his team's performance yesterday.
"I'm so proud of what these girls accomplished Saturday," he said. "They work so hard preparing for these events and it's encouraging for them and me to see how it paid off."
As a team, Notre Dame earned all-county honors, placing 8th, the highest in school history, with 130.5 points, edging out traditional powerhouse Marian, which had 130.0 points.
The Irish are next in action on this Tuesday in a home meet against Dearborn. The event will include a celebration of the team's seniors as it's their last home meet.
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