Girls Swimming Says Goodbye To an Era
By Annie Reed In the split second she touched the wall the whole team knew. Holding their breath, thirty-five eager faces turned their attention to the board, and their assumptions were confirmed. Victory. On November 2nd, the Lahser Swimming and Diving team pulled out a nail-biting win at the OAA White Divi sion League Championships, winning by a slim margin of only three points. Lake Orion, Troy, and Lahser all came into the meet with the same record of 4-1, meaning that whoever came out on top at the league meet would receive the title of “League Champions”.
Knowing this was the last season ever for the Lady Knights, it meant a lot to the team to end an era as League Champs. ”Winning the meet was a moment I will never forget;’ says Sr. Captain Steph anie Reynolds. “To see each swimmer come together and achieve their personal bests and goals as a team was an amazing experience’ Following League Meet, the Lady Knights di rected their attention toward State Championships. States were held at Eastern Michigan University on November 16th and 17th. The number of State qualifiers doubled from seven in the 2011 season to fourteen in 2012, and this year’s team entered the meet with high hopes.
“It was our goal to ac complish a top-two finish this year;’ Explains Sr. Captain and four-year state qualifier Lucy Ramonat. “Lahser has never achieved better than a third place team finish at States. With that in mind, we were thinking about our ‘Last Lap’ and what we can leave behind as a Lahser legacy:’ Lahser placed second overall with eight girls qualify ing for All-State honors. Head coach Mike Rado also received the Division Three Coach of the Year Award. Under his coaching the Lady Knights wrote the final chapters of their legacy with a record book finish. They are proud of what they have accomplished, but weep for an end of an era.