The Blazers had an excellent preliminary session at Zionsville on Thursday night. The girls qualified for five final swims on Saturday, broke five team records, and a whole bunch of personal records.
All three of the girls’ relays qualified for finals, and two of them broke previous team records. The meet kicked off with a record-setting swim by Isabela Wise, Regan Hooker, Macy Paton, and Ella Eskenazi. The girls’ time of 2:22.38 broke their previous record by seven seconds and seated them 9th going into finals. The girls’ 200 free relay featured best splits from Paton (32.31) and Caitlin Clark (35.73), which seated them 11th for finals. The 400 free relay team of Paton, Hooker, Wise, and Eskenazi also broke their team record by seven seconds for a new record of 4:27.42, thanks to new best splits from Paton (1:13.09), Wise (1:12.28), and Eskenazi (1:08.82), and is seated 9th for finals.
Hooker was the only Blazer to qualify for finals on Saturday after setting two team records on Thursday night. Hooker first took down the 100 fly record with her time of 1:14.14, qualifying 15th. Later, Hooker dropped 3 seconds in 100 breaststroke for a new team record of 1:20.69 and 13th place qualification. The other team record broken that evening was by Eskenazi in the 200 freestyle when she dropped 6 seconds for a time of 2:31.18.
There were many additional best times on Thursday. Clark dropped in both her 200 IM (3:08.97) and 100 breaststroke (1:34.51). A trio of Blazers swam the 100 free, and each one went a best time: Wise (1:10.92), Paton (1:11.81), and Christine Chen (1:28.04). Additionally, Chen dropped 3 seconds in the 50 freestyle (38.83).
The Blazers returned to compete on Saturday and re-broke all three of their relay records.
Wise, Hooker, Paton, and Eskenazi shaved an additional .14 seconds off of their medley relay to finish 9th. Paton (31.33), Wise (31.96), Clark (34.42), and Eskenazi (31.32) dropped the 200 free relay down to 2:09.03 with best splits from every swimmer and a 10th place finish. The meet finished with another 400 free relay record and best splits from Paton (1:11.30), Wise (1:10.60), Hooker (1:02.94), and Eskenazi (1:08.42). The new record is 4:33.26, which was good enough for 9th place in the event.
Additionally, Hooker swam two individual events. She first came in 15th place in the 100 fly with 1:14.82– just off of Thursday’s best time. Later, she broke the school record in the 100 breaststroke when she came in 11th place with a time of 1:19.28.
This meet concluded the 2016-2017 swim season for the womens’ Trailblazers.