Four teams from the Eastern side of the federation joined the 11 Western teams at the swim meet in Chester this past weekend. This gave Fairfield swimmers a preview of the competition they would be facing at the State meet in Sidney in two weeks. While the competition looked tough and swam strong, the Sailfish continued to swim with heart.
Swimmer of the Meet was Brooke McWilliams. This weekend, Brooke proved to herself and her competition that she is not a swimmer to be taken lightly. In her three freestyle races, she posted best times by a combined 10 seconds. Brooke had strong swims in the 50 free, taking ½ a second off her previous best time, the 100 free in which she dropped a whopping 4 seconds, and the 200 free where she used her long powerful stroke to improve her personal best time by 5 ½ seconds! She also improved her 50 fly time by over a second.
Another great race was the 15-19 girls medley relay. This race pitted an 11-12 age group swimmer (Toryn Martinez), two 13-14 year olds (Brooke McWilliams and Tana Gough), and a 15-19 swimmer (Alexis McWilliams) against one of the best relay teams in the federation. With all four Sailfish being the top swimmers in their individual strokes, Fairfield coaches knew the girls were a sure shot at being competitive with the older, more experienced girls on the other relay. Each leg of the relay was close as the “youngsters”, Toryn, Brooke, and Tana, proved they can swim with the “big girls” as they stayed within a second of the older girls. Alexis brought the relay home as the anchor, and the Fairfield girls took 2nd by only a second off of first place.
Fairfield coaches were also excited about swims by Kolt Gough who improved his 50 free by almost a second and his 50 back by 7 seconds! Coaches know that as Kolt continues to use a strong pull and kick combined with a quick turn that he will keep improving his backstroke time and be competitive in his age group. Toryn Martinez also had an excellent 200 free in which she continued to close the gap between the top swimmers and herself by taking 3 ½ seconds off her personal best time. Sailfish coaches were also impressed by the strength and grit of Alexis McWilliams. After not swimming for 1 ½ weeks due to a school-related trip to Costa Rica, Alexis had close to personal best times in her 400 free and 100 breast.
The Sailfish will compete in Cut Bank at Divisionals next weekend where the top 12 swimmers in each event qualify to swim at the State meet in Sidney August 3rd and 4th.
Remi Gough: 2nd 100 i.m.; 3rd 25 breast; 3rd 25 back
Kolt Gough: 7th 50 back; 9th 100 i.m.; 10th 50 breast
Riley Gough: 2nd 200 i.m.; 2nd 50 fly ; 4th 50 back
Tana Gough: 1st 50 fly; 2nd 200 i.m.; 2nd 100 fly
Toryn Martinez: 1st 50 back; 3rd 100 free; 4th 200 free
Brooke McWilliams: 2nd 100 breast; 5th 100 free; 9th 200 free
Alexis McWilliams: 3rd 400 free