SWHS girls' swim team competes at divisional finals
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Nov. 18, 2011
The South Windsor High School girls’ swim team competed at the state divisional finals on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Wesleyan University. The Bobcats competed in many races, both team relays and individual races. The team finished seventh overall out of 21 teams in Class L.
According to coach Heather Lodge, the team swam extremely well across the board. The Class L division is the second largest in the state. “This is huge,” said Lodge, “because we have some of the best competition in our class.”
Many of the South Windsor swimmers achieved their best times and “really stepped up to compete,” said Lodge. She noted several individual highlights, including freshman Allie Romanowski, who placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle race. Michelle Robidoux finished 10th in the 100-yard butterfly, Lauren Branscombe finished 12th in the 100-yard freestyle race, and Christine Lenkeit took 12th place in the 500-yard freestyle race.
Michelle Robidoux, Stephanie Pelikan, Jennifer Belanger and Allie Romanowski finished sixth in the 100-yard freestyle relay at the divisional finals, qualifying the team to compete at the opens. The team ranked seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay and will continue onto the opens, with freshman Allie Romanowski, junior Jennifer Belanger, junior Christine Lenkeit and sophomore Lauren Branscombe. At the divisional finals, South Windsor ranked eighth in the 200-yard medley relay, with junior Christine Lenkeit, sophomore Kelly Wentworth, junior Michelle Robidoux and sophomore Lauren Branscombe swimming.
Juniors Jennifer Belanger and Michelle Robidoux both competed in the 200-yard individual medley relay. In the 50-yard freestyle race, sophomore Lauren Branscombe, freshman Allie Romanowski, sophomore Kelly Wentworth and senior co-captain Stephanie Pelikan swam for South Windsor. Junior Christine Lenkeit competed in the 100-yard backstroke race, and sophomore Kelly Wentworth swam in the 100-yard breaststroke race. Junior Michelle Robidoux and senior Stephanie Pelikan competed in the 100-yard butterfly race, and sophomore Lauren Branscombe and freshman Allie Romanowski swam in the 100-yard freestyle competition. Christine Lenkeit and Jennifer Belanger both competed in the 500-yard freestyle race.
According to Lodge, the team only missed three practice days due to the recent storm. “I don’t think it will really affect us,” said Lodge one day prior to the divisional finals. “But at this point in the season, they’re sore and recovering.”
Branscombe qualified for both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle divisional competition. “We’re hoping to make it to the opens again this year and to finish higher in the class than last year,” said Branscombe. She has worked hard this year to make her practices more intense.
“This year we definitely got more well-rounded,” said Wentworth, who swam in the divisional finals in the 200-yard freestyle relay, swimming the breaststroke in the team medley and as alternate in the 100-yard breaststroke race. She noted that the team this year had not just strong freestylers, but strong swimmers in nearly every race.