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Smith’s Last Home Meet with Wellesley: It’s all about the CCCP- Twelve Swimmers and Divers Honored for 4-year Commitment to the Wild Bunch.

January 14, 2013

Taken from SmithPioneers Athletic Website

Congratulations to the twelve swimmers and divers who were honored Saturday afternoon: Bina Milger, Stef Cervantes, Christina Goethel, Rachael Gainer, Sophie Mettler-Grove, Sarah Tucker, Kelsey Swensen, Rachel Dean, Jenika Parson, Emma Reim, Ariel Orr, and Mackenzie Bradley! 

You have all made such a positive, wonderful impact on the team!  Your teammates and coaches will miss your energy, passion, drive, and unique personalities. 

Your legacy will live on in Wild Bunch history =).

The support from friends and family for the Wild Bunch during this meet was phenomenal!  A bunch of WB alumna even came back: Jenny Prince, Carly Mailly, Becca Chazin, and Faith Latella.  The athletes definitely fed off of your enthusiasm and cheering!

Despite twelve days of non-stop training, the Wild Bunch put forth a valiant effort during each of their races. 

Claire Dudek split a 27.97 as the anchor of the Smith College C relay, kicking her legs ferociously throughout her swim.  Claire also had personal bests in the 100 freestyle, 1:00.52 and her 200 freestyle, 2:11.66!  As soon as she harnesses more explosive power off her turns and starts, she will be even more efficient in the water!

Mackenzie Bradley won all of her races, either edging out her competition early, or slowly gaining on them throughout the race.  She knocked three seconds off her 500 freestyle time, 5:28.29, and half a second in her 200 fly, 2:18.29, holding 35s after her first fifty fly.  What a competitor!

Kyle Boyd also had a fantastic meet; she swam two personal best times in the 1000 freestyle, 12:11.56, and 5:48.54 in the 500 freestyle (negative splitting!!!!).  While she did a wonderful job sticking to her race plan and using the swimmers around her to help motivate the mighty racer inside her, she is still learning how to spend all of her energy as efficiently as possible. 

Mighty mite, Paige Christie, swam a phenomenal 200 freestyle, 2:05. 47!  She went out the same speed as one of the Wellesley swimmers, feeding off of her and pushing past her during the third fifty.  Paige swam season bests in the 500 freestyle and 200 fly, 5:36.17 (one second slower than her personal best time), and 2:32 respectively.  Paige is acquiring a new level of speed and mental toughness in her daily practice, which is shining through in her races during meets! She also split 59.99 as the anchor in the 400 Free Relay!

Again in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, Ayla Staelin-Lefsky swam season best times: 2:25.22 and 6:16.7.  Ayla’s first 200 in her 500 freestyle is actually her fastest 200 free time: 2:24.69.  While the first race may have gotten out the jitters, Ayla can be confident than she has the ability to swim with more power and hold (and still have energy left) after a 2:24 200 freestyle. 

The Wild Bunch backstrokers found great success in the first relay, swimming season best 50 backstroke times.  Robin Currens finished at 31.68, Laura Nunnelly finished at 32.42 and  Sarah Tucker  touched the wall at 33.77.  Robin carried her speed into her 100 backstroke, improving by almost one second, 1:06.00.  Robin has been working on the initiation of her turns as well as tighter streamlines off her walls.  It is definitely starting to pay off!

Our breaststrokers also had a wonderful 100 breaststroke.   Christine Hart finally broke her 1:16 streak and drove into the wall at 1:15.66.  Leah VanHoeve maintained excellent power and hold on the water and stepped into the 1:17.98 range.  Christina Goethel focused on her core engagement and swam a season best time of 1:22.35. 

Bina Milger debuted the grueling 200 fly at the meet this weekend.  Although she was a little nervous about the feat ahead of her, her driven, hard-working personality took over and got her to the touch pad. 

In the 50 yard freestyle, Sophie Mettler-Grove, Stef Cervantes, and Rachel Dean all had wonderful swims.  Sophie swam a season best time due to kicking more with her legs and establishing a deeper catch in her freestyle, 29.55.  Stef emptied as much of her tank as she could, dropping half a second, 30.99.  Rachel Dean swam with passion and fervor, swimming her second best time this season in her 50: 32.83.  Stef, the terminator, Cervantes smashed her past season best 100 freestyle time by four seconds, 1:08.34.  Stef Cervantes 2:51.33, Sarah Tucker 2:37.64, Christina Goethel, 2:48.07, and Olivia Bannon, 2:33.25, all swam season bests in the 200 IM as well!  Great job Swimmers! 

Divers Cece and Garbo had extraordinary 1M and 3M dives- nailing their pikes, twists, and entries.  They had the best diving meet of their careers!  Both divers improved their point scoring by at least twenty points overall.  Congratulations divers!!!


Another solid meet in the books!   They all earned a well-deserved day off on Sunday. 

Seven Sisters is this coming weekend!  Hope to see as much support there as we had at this meet!

Thank you families and friends of all the athletes, especially those of the seniors who have supported, loved, and encouraged the seniors since day one.



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