Swimming Barely Edged by Hamden

The Yellowjackets' girls' swim team was defeated by Hamden 82-76 on Oct. 7 in another close meet.

Head Coach Jacci D'Auria was pleased with her squad's effort and is happy to see her team's newcomers starting to get more comfortable with the different events.

"I was incredibly happy with performances at this meet. Some of our girls who are new to the team this year really stepped it up at this meet, swimming more events than they usually do and beating their best times," she said. "Marlene Zuniga, new to the team this year, volunteered to swim an extra relay for another swimmer who was not feeling well."

The most exciting race of the meet was the 400 free relay. Shannon Wynne, Ali Garmizo, Natalia Perez, and Laura Bedoya edged Hamden's top team by 0.2 seconds to earn first place (4:38.60). When Bedoya jumped into the pool, the Yellowjackets were about a half-pool length behind, but she caught up and helped win the event for her team. Bedoya also had first-place finishes in the 100 fly (1:05.73) and 200 free (2:08.06).

On Oct. 10, the girls were defeated by Lyman Hall 90-68. A few swimmers were out sick and a few others were under the weather, including Garmizo, who won the breaststroke with a personal-best time (1:30.68).

"She was sick and still came in first place to beat her time," D'Auria said. "I joke with her that she isn't allowed to get better because she has been swimming her best while sick."

Bedoya was the only other swimmer to finish an event in first as she won the 100 fly (1:11.96).

-PJ Foti

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