Relay teams, Fathman lead swimmers into Saturday finals

Girl’s swim team getting ready for a relay at home earlier this season.

Hamilton’s freestylers and relay teams led the team into the finals this weekend at the state finals at Eastern Michigan University.

Senior freestyler Hailey Fathman had the second fastest prelim in the 100 freestyle with a 53.17.  Stephanie Johnston’s 54.96 put her in 13th place, good enough to race in Saturday’s B final.

Hamilton’s relays teams are well positioned to place high in Saturday’s final races.

The 400 free relay group of Richelle Terpstra, Alex Wilkins, Fathman, and Stephanie Johnston qualified 3rd with a 3:40.68.  The Hawkeyes finished more than three seconds behind Cranbrook Kingswood and more than two seconds behind Holland Christian.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Rileigh Eding, Wilkins, Erica Ruffner and Johnston also grabbed the 3rd spot in prelims with a 1:40.10. Once again, Hamilton finished behind Cranbrook (1:38.83) and Holland Christian (1:39.24), although more within striking distance.

The girls 200 medley relay team of Fathman, Cortni Ritter, Eding, and Ruffner, looks to be battling for third place after finishing tied for 5th in prelims, just more than a second out of 3rd.  The Hawkeyes 1:53.87 tied Flint Powers, and was just behind Detroit Country Day and Adrian. The top two finishers – Bloomfield Hills Lahser (1:49.12) and Cranbrook (1:50.55) were more than 3 seconds ahead.

Johnston tied for 4th in the 50 freestyle with a 24.53.  She almost eight-tenths of the second off the lead (23.76). Eding (25.17) and Ruffner (25.49) both qualified for the B final by finishing 11th and 16th respectively.

In the 200 freestyle, Terpstra and Wilkins both qualified for the B final by finishing 14th and 16th, respectively.

Fathman was 5th in the 100 backstroke, with a 59.10.  Eding missed the A final by less than a tenth of a second as her 1:00.29 put her in 9th.  She will be the top swimmer in the B final.

Shelby Compton’s 100 breaststroke time of 1:13.47 puts her into Saturday’s B final in 15th place.

Mikayla VanFleeren placed 24th in the diving prelims with a total score of 134.05.  Only the top 20 advanced to the semifinals.


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