Fairfield swim coaches continually tell the team that dropping time in a race is more important than the place a swimmer takes in the Sunday finals because they know that as times improve, the team will be more competitive and individual swimmers will more likely be on the top of the award stand at the end of the meet. The team’s strong showing at the Bitterroot Invitational Swim Meet in Hamilton this past weekend showed that they were listening to their coaches.
Out of the 21 races swum by the 7 Sailfish, 16 resulted in personal best times with improvements ranging from 1 to 14 seconds! Brooke McWilliams had a great weekend of swimming as she dropped time in all three of her races and improved her place seedings from Saturday prelim swims to Sunday finals in each of her three events.
Toryn Martinez, and Remi and Tana Gough also had personal best times in all three of their races, with Toryn dropping a whopping 7 seconds in her 100 free and Remi swimming 9 seconds faster in his 50 freestyle race. Tana swam a technically sound and strong 200 im race, improving her personal best time by 14 seconds! She also earned high point honors in the 13-14 girls age group by finishing first in all of her races.
Alexis McWilliams also won the high point award for the 15-19 girls by earning 2 first places and a second. The team travels to Choteau this coming weekend, June 22-23, with the goal of achieving more personal best times!
Remi Gough: 2nd 25 free; 3rd 25 back; 4th 50 free
Kolt Gough: 3rd 50 back, 4th 50 free; 4th 100 free
Riley Gough: 1st 200 im; 1st 50 fly; 2nd 50 back
Tana Gough: 1st 200 im; 1st 50 fly; 1st 100 fly; high point award 13-14 girls
Toryn Martinez: 1st 50 free; 1st 50 back; 2nd 100 free
Brooke McWilliams: 2nd 100 breast; 3rd 50 free; 3rd 100 free
Alexis McWilliams: 1st 200 im; 1st 100 breast; 2nd 100 free; high point award 15-19 girls