Girls swim shines in state competition

By Taylor Hourigan

After competing in C and B Leagues the weekend before, members of Legend’s Girls Swim and Dive team took to the pool on Friday, Feb. 7 with hopes of making their times for state. Among the swimmers were Lauren Moden, Shilo Syddall, Allyson Malik, Hayley Stauber, Kendra Gardner, Abby Feeder, Chelsea Linton, Alexis Nygaard, Lauren Rogers, and Ryan Sotebeer.

At A Leagues, the Titans shined, with Moden placing 1st in the 200 IM, as well as 4th in the 100 Backstroke. Legend’s 200 Medley Relay, made up of Syddall, Malik, Stauber and Moden, dropped 1.5 seconds off their time to place 6th and qualify for state.

Also, Legend’s 400 Freestyle Relay, made up of Syddall, Gardner, Malik and Moden, dropped two seconds off their time to make 5th place and qualified for state. Swimmers Feeder, Linton, Nygaard, Rogers, and Sotebeer also qualified for state with their respective times.

Over the long weekend of Feb. 14-17, these girls geared up for state competition on Feb. 15 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. Thirty-four different schools were in attendance that Saturday.

Moden placed 2nd overall in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle, and also made her All-American cuts in both events. Stauber placed 53rd in the 200 Free and 52nd in the 100 Butterfly. Malik placed 38th in the 500 Free and 45th in the 100 Breaststroke, and Syddall placed 37th in the 100 Backstroke and 58th in the 50 Free. Legend’s 100 Medley Relay placed 18th overall, while the 200 Freestyle relay placed 39th and the 400 Freestyle relay placed 17th.

As a team, Legend ranked 18 out of 34 schools in attendance.

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