With an average age of less than 15 years, the young Mystic Valley girls’ swim team sent five athletes and two alternates to compete at the 2013 MIAA Division 2 State Championship meet at Springfield College.
One of the meet’s several highlights was the 200 freestyle relay, when Ava Asai-Sarris (tenth grade), Maaya Alagappan (eleventh grade), and sisters Emily (eleventh grade) and Caroline Williams (ninth grade) finished with a seasonal-best time of 1:51.84. This time was just over one second away from scoring points, and each of these swimmers will be back next year.
The Mystic Valley girls qualified to swim in four individual events. Caroline Williams competed in the 100 butterfly and the 50 freestyle, Emily Williams swam in the 200 freestyle, and Ava Asai-Sarris earned a 1:15.71 in the 100 breaststroke, dropping almost two seconds from her previous seasonal best time and finishing in 22nd place.
Despite swimming slightly slower than its seed time, the 400 freestyle relay team of Elizabeth Callahan (ninth grade), Alagappan, Emily Williams, and Caroline Williams was not without highlights. Emily Williams broke the one-minute barrier in her 100 yard split, finishing her portion of the race in 59.58 seconds. Two of the relay swimmers, Callahan and Algappan, were experiencing a MIAA State meet for the first time.
All of the State-qualifying Mystic Valley girls will return for the 2013-2014 season, when seniors Alagappan and Emily Williams will lead the Eagles in continuing to build upon 2012’s strong results.