SGI Ends Season Undefeated

The girls varsity swim team ended their undefeated season when they swam against the tough competition of East Aurora on Tuesday, 111-75.  Going into the meet, the Lady Griffs were 8-0 defeating Holland and Maryvale the week prior.  East Aurora has lead our division since 1978 and continues to develop year round swimmers that devote their time to the sport.  This season was the closest SGI has gotten to beat East Aurora in many years, but their powerhouses are fierce and fast.  SGI divers really stole the show when Shannon O’Hara took a 1st place finish, Samantha Zifra a 3rd, and Alyssa Greaves a 4th.  When going into tough meets, diving is a game changer and after diving we were able to close the gap, 41-37.  The 2nd half of the meet had a lot of action and unfortunately EA was able to outmatch us in our swims.  However, great things did happen for our swimmers.  Emily Schlemmer who has been bringing it on strong this season (after all her hard off season training), dropped another 3 seconds in her 200 free crushing her own personal goal!  Lauren Ditchey was teetering her time all season in the 200IM and yesterday she was able to drop 2.5 seconds and get her personal best time.  Kaitlyn Blake has a quiet beast inside her when she swims, and yesterday we saw her endurance and speed kick in during both her 200 IM swims and her 500 swim, both personal best times.  Elle Holland dominated in the 50 free taking a strong 1st place finish and dropping .3 seconds for her seasonal best time.  Trailing right behind Elle and learning a lot from Elle’s talent, is teammate Hannah Bergner.  Hannah continues to drop time in both her 50 and 100 free swims which has been a true pleasure to watch this season.  Allie Lavanture had 2 amazing individual swims for her season.  Her 50 free took a strong 3rd place finish and dropped .2 seconds and her 100 back she dropped 1.2 seconds.  Lauren Cosenza has amazing determination and work ethic was able to pop her personal best time in the 100 free.  The team has ended their divisional meets with a 7-1 record.  We face non-league Sacred Heart tomorrow for another competitive meet.  It is important to give our girls competition before going into post season so they can prepare for the talent held at the Class and Sectional meets.  We are looking forward to our post season and expect great things to happen for our SGI swimmers and divers!

Picture Caption: Last week at our Maryvale meet we honored our 8 seniors who will be leaving our family at the end of the season Bottom: Kaitlyn Blake, Chloe Milbrand, Lexi Blesy, Sydney Emley Top: Lauren Cosenza, Katie Schlemmer, Abby Moscato, McKenzie Galvin