Once again, the Hills Lady Colts and Thunderbirds made HHH proud, finishing another fantastic regular season.
At 6-2, they enter the heart of the postseason with high expectations, placing second in the league championship and sending nearly 10 swimmers to counties this upcoming weekend.
Although not able to match last season’s undefeated run after the graduation of Rhea Randhawa and Kelly Lennon, the 2017 group has been resilient, and is now a serious contender for the County Championship.
After losing 2 out of their first 3 meets, the girls rallied to win 5 straight, entering November with a wave of momentum. On that run, the team never lost a 200 medley relay, jumpstarting every meet with an early lead.
Seniors Mikaylie DePalma, Julia Davi, and Kristina Kontos led the way, alongside juniors Nicole Duff, Allison Rogers, Emily Feigenbaum, and Elizabeth Park.
When asked about her team’s success, Kontos replied, “I’m proud of how hard the team has worked throughout the season and how well we handle both the success and the failure. I’m thrilled to see the team put so much effort towards improving each day.”
What’s most exciting about this team is their broad range of talent, regardless of age. In the aforementioned success of the 200 medley relay, each meet saw a different combination of swimmers. It was never a fixed lineup, as everyone could fill in for one another and still bring home a victory. Freshmen Lexi Kauffman and Maya Gerber often proved their talents in this way, not simply filling in for seniors, but establishing their place as dominant competitors for the future of Hills Swimming.
While states is something the team doesn’t want to give up thought about, their primary focus is still the County Championship this Saturday.
They understand the effort they’ve put in thus far, and know they aren’t done just yet. And as we know, a title would not only fulfill their own goals entering the season, but would also add to the legacy of the last decade of dominance we’ve seen from this team.
Swimming this Saturday, November 4 @ 10:00 a.m. Suffolk Community College – Brentwood.