The Packet Sports Spotlight
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, February 16, 2012
GSA swim team sets new records
Taylor Wardwell powers through her part of the 200-yard medley relay at Husson College. She and the other members of the 200-yard medley relay team will compete at the statewide level on February 21 at Bowdoin College.
by Jessica Brophy
The George Stevens Academy swim team faced stiff competition at the Penobscot Valley Conference Championship on February 10 and 11 at Husson College, according to swimming coach Jim Goodman.
“For many of the GSA swimmers, this was their first-ever conference championship, and the competition was very tough,” he said.
Overall, in team scores, GSA placed 13th for boys with 6 points earned, and 11th for girls with 27 points earned.
The GSA combined team is currently 12 swimmers—four boys and nine girls.
“All the swimmers did a super job and all improved their times,” Goodman said. “Their swimming skills over the season dramatically improved, and several new records [for the school] were established.” This was also the first year the team was able to muster a boys’ relay squad, and so school records were established for that as well.
All of the GSA swimmers who attended the PVC came home with at least one ribbon, including a 4th-place ribbon for Taylor Wardwell in the 50-meter freestyle, out of 117 swimmers.
At the state competition at Bowdoin College on February 21, Taylor Wardwell will swim in the individual 50- and 100-meter freestyle. Wardwell will be joined by Emma Richardson, SoYoung Ihm and Susan Bell for the 200-meter medley relay and the 200-meter freestyle relay.