The Silver Lake High girls’ swim team will have some competitors at the state championship meet later on this month.
That is because they have had strong performances during Patriot League meets this season, showing their talent in a number of categories.
Junior Alexis Connors will make it back to states for the third straight year and will show off her versatility in the process. She qualified for the state championship in three different events through the Lakers first five meets of the season (in which they went 2-3).
Leading the way for the team, she has earned the right to compete in the 200 freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Plus, qualified to compete in sectionals in the 100 breaststroke.
To qualify in the 200 freestyle, she swam a 1:56.71 in the team’s meet against Duxbury last month; in the 200 IM, her first place finish against Quincy (2:17.56) got the job done; and in the 500 freestyle, her winning time against Duxbury (5:08.55) also got the job done. She qualified for sectionals in the 100 breaststroke against Rockland (1:14.71).
Connors will not be going to the state meet alone. Senior Katherine Morrissey has also qualified to compete there for the Lakers in the 100 butterfly. She swam a 1:01.13 against Duxbury in order to earn the nod. She will also compete in the sectionals meet in the 100 breaststroke.
The girls 200 freestyle relay team also qualified for sectionals earlier in the season. In addition to Morrisey and Connors, junior Chloe Duran and sophomore Aly Truckenmiller round out that team.
The Lakers wrapped up their regular season on Wednesday, Jan. 30, against Hanover. Now, a handful of their swimmers will continue practicing to prepare for sectionals and states–although those dates have not yet been announced.