PLYMOUTH — No records, no personal bests and no lineup-shaking breakouts.
The atmosphere was subdued as Plymouth’s girls swim team finished out their regular season with a 105-81 loss to South Bend St. Joseph’s at their home pool Tuesday.
“This is the last meet for our senior girls in this pool so I think that definitely meant something to them,” said Plymouth girls head swim coach Chelsea Bramfeld. “They’ve been swimming here for four years, and their last meet is emotional in good ways and sad ways. Overall, I think they swam well. It’s hard to swim a regular meet in the middle of your taper because you’re not doing the same amount of yardage or the same types of things, but our times were close to where we want them to be for sectionals coming up.”
Some of Plymouth’s strongest performances Tuesday came in the relays — where the Pilgrims’ 200 medley relay team of Kenzie Miller, Katelyn Brown, Katelynn Brashere and Hannah Eads nosed out St. Joe by a mere .03 of a second to win their event, while the home team finished second behind the Indians in both the 200 free and 400 free relays — and via Miller, who was her usual dominant self with victories in the medley relay as well as the backstroke and Individual Medley.
With the Warsaw Sectional fast approaching next Thursday, those results were heartening.
In sectional we swim a lot of teams that we don’t swim in the regular season so as a coach I watch times throughout the season and kind of see where other teams are so it’s not a surprise when we get there. Our competitors within our own sectional would definitely be Warsaw, and Culver (Girls Academy) is definitely competitive this year as well, so they’ll definitely be good competition for us.
“Our relays are going to be a strong point for us as well as some of our swimmers who’ve moved on from sectionals in the past — Kenzie, Hannah Eads, Katelynn Brashere — some of the older girls who have experience with that,” said Bramfeld. “I’m looking forward to having them in relays and getting out there and just getting some good times. The swimmer who places first goes on to state, so that’s our goal in every single event along with personal-best times.”
Also for Plymouth Tuesday, Brown placed second in the breast stroke, while sprinter Kaley Brower finished second in the 100 free and third in the 50 free in addition to her turns as the third leg both of Plymouth’s 400 free relay and 200 free relay squads, while distance swimmer Megan Senter placed third in both the 200 and 500 freestyle swims.
Alayna Holmquest was second in the diving competition with a score of 183.75.
• ST. JOE 105, PLYMOUTH 81
200 medley relay: 1. Plymouth (Kenzie Miller, Katelyn Brown, Katelynn Brashere, Hannah Eads) 2:06.76, 2. St. Joe 2:06.79; 200 free: 1. Meghan Cohoon (SJ) 2:12.18, 2. Megan Knobloch (SJ) 2:18.08, 3. Megan Senter (P) 2:21.87; 200 IM: 1. Miller (P) 2:14.36, 2. Sarah Brechenser (SJ) 2:17.84, 3. Ellen Roof (SJ) 2:21.77; 50 free: 1. Abby Lowe (SJ) 27.79, 2. Kelly Kuzmitz (SJ) 28.02, 3. Kaley Brower (P) 28.58; Diving: 1. Samm Reese (SJ) 194.7, 2. Alayna Holmquest (P) 183.75, 3. Jamie Malicki (SJ) 147.5
100 fly: 1. Brechenser (SJ), 2. Kaitlyn DelleDonne (SJ) 1:11.89, 3. Brashere (P) 1:12.17; 100 free: 1. Cohoon (SJ) 59.72, 2. Brower (P) 1:03.21, 3. Kanika Chaisri (P) 1:03.66; 500 free: 1. Lowe (SJ) 5:52.53, 2. Alina Marin (SJ) 5:58.97, 3. Senter (P) 6:13.57; 200 free relay: 1. St. Joe (Knobloch, Cohoon, Jenny Bals, Brechenser) 1:51.09, 2. Plymouth 1:59.37; 100 back: 1. Miller (P) 1:01.5, 2. Roof (SJ) 1:10.06, 3. Eads (P) 1:11.75; 100 breast: 1. Bals (SJ) 1:20.02, 2. Brown (P) 1:26.46, 3. Knobloch (SJ) 1:30.24; 400 free relay: 1. St. Joe (Lowe, Roof, Cohoon, Brechenser) 3:59.46, 2. Plymouth 4:21.38.