WB Swim Glides into Finals

Left to Right: Ashley Krauthamer, Alexis Nyquist, Shayna Zieman, Coach Fraylick (Divers and Diving Coach)

Left to Right: Ashley Krauthamer, Alexis Nyquist, Shayna Zieman, Coach Fraylick (Divers and Diving Coach)

Jasmin Lee, Writer

WEST BLOOMFIELD Girls Swim and Dive took 3rd place at League Finals. At Royal Oak High School, more than half of the Girls Swim and Dive Team placed in the top 16 of their individual events and relays. Mattie Smith qualified for States in the 100 Breaststroke. She will be swimming at the State Meet on the weekend of November 16th.

Leagues for Swimming and Diving happened over the course of three days, with diving and swimming each lasting two days. Wednesday was the preliminary stage for swimming and Thursday was the preliminary stage for diving. Many swimmers felt ecstatic to start off the league meet. Freshman Avery Campbell said “The energy at leagues was very prominent. Everyone was happy and ready to swim” and sophomore Thea Patrusca said “It was fun and being with the team really made it a great experience”.

Friday was finals for swimming and diving. All three divers who competed placed in top rankings and the swim team got 1st place in four events! 500 Freestyle Champion Megan Neeley said “It was really fun to have great competition and it pushed me to do my best.” The whole atmosphere on the pool deck was exciting. “It was great getting to qualify in more events than last year and to be with my team” commented junior Natalia Luna.


Top: Avelina Valdez, Lauren MacDonald
Bottom: Megan Neeley, Mattie Smith

200 Medley Relay:

1st Place – AvelinaValdez, Mattie Smith, Farrah Moussa, Megan Neeley – 1:54.71


200 Free:

2nd Place – Megan Neeley – 2:01.12

12th Place – Farrah Moussa – 2:17.45


200 IM:

1st Place – Mattie Smith – 2:15.10

3rd Place – Lauren MacDonald – 2:24.50

13th Place – Natalia Luna – 2:43.13

14th Place – Bhargavi Kurakula – 2:52.10


50 Free:

3rd Place – Avelina Valdez – 26.47

6th Place – Jasmin Lee – 27.41

14th Place- Anjali Natarajan – 29.77


1 Meter 11 Dives:

5th Place – Shayne Zieman – 338.40 points

6th Place – Ashley Krauthamer – 293.40 points

7th Place – Alexis Nyquist – 281.10


100 Fly:

4th Place – Avelina Valdez – 1:06.78

8th Place – Avery Campbell – 1:08.69

12th Place – Jasmin Lee – 1:10.68


100 Free:

12th Place – Durga Shanker 1:05.22

14th Place – Anjali Natarajan – 1:07.62


500 Free

1st Place – Megan Neeley – 5:30.96

6th Place – Peyton Plyer – 5:48.33

15th Place – Thea Patrusca – 6:20.58


100 Back:

1st Place – Mattie Smith – 1:03.31

8th Place – Farrah Moussa – 1:11.25


100 Breast:

5th Place – Lauren MacDonald – 1:13.19

7th Place – Avery Campbell – 1:18.84

10th Place – Natalia Luna – 1:23.30

14th Place – Emily Kuzminsky – 1:26.70


400 Free Relay:

2nd Place – Megan Neeley, Lauren MacDonald, Avelina Valdez, Mattie Smith – 3:49.45

Lauren MacDonald (9) and Coach Kwame Wardlaw