Weekly Feature

2018-11-07 / Sports

Sacred Heart swimming three-peats at All-Catholics

Halsdorfer repeats as Natalie Lewis award winner
by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Another year, another All-Catholic victory for the Sacred Heart girls swim team.

For the third straight year, the Sharks won All-Catholics. This year’s squad scored 148 points Oct. 30 at the Erie Community College Burt Flickinger Center. Nardin finished second with 138 points.

“It definitely meant a lot more this year because of the seniors,” Sharks’ coach Anna Rubino said. “I think I have a special connection with them because I have been coaching them for four years. It was a very unifying meet for us. So many girls unexpectedly swam their best times and dropped crazy amount of times.

“I told them before the meet that it could be a three-way tie with us, Nardin and Buffalo Seminary. I told them they have all of the talent and that it is a mindset, and they went in the pool and did it.”

Senior Abby Halsdorfer won the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 56.91 seconds) and 500-yard freestyle (5:12.22). Both were state-qualifying cut times.

Once again, she won the Natalie Lewis award, given for swimming ability and sportsmanship.

“She’s been our lead point scorer for four years,” Rubino said.

Also winning events were senior Lily Dimmig in the 100 fly in 59.20 and senior Savannah Revelas in the 100 breast in 1:09.85.

The Sharks’ 200 medley relay of Dimmig, Revelas, junior Thea Rubino and freshman Fina Bell won in 1:55.17.

Other strong finishes came from Dimmig (second in 100 back, 1:01.21); junior Emma Higgins (fourth in 200 free, 2:11.90; fourth in 500 free, 5:50.47); Revelas (third in 200 IM, 2:20.81); Bell (fourth in 50 free, 25.89; fourth in 100 free, 58.74); freshman Anna Bartlo (third in 100 breast, 1:15.33); and sophomore Erin Cavanaugh (fourth in 100 breast, 1:15.93).

Junior Irene Killian dropped 25 seconds in her 500 free and took sixth in 5:59.36, and six seconds in her 200 free, taking fifth in 2:12.60.

Qualifying for the state meet Nov. 16-17 at Ithaca College are Dimmig (100 fly), Halsdorfer (200 and 500 free) and Revelas (100 breast).

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