Girls Swimming Places Seventh At State Meet

Photo via Kristen Dussault

The Whaler girls swim team capped off a fantastic season with a seventh place finish at the MIAA state meet at Boston University on Saturday. Senior captain Emma Davis led the way for Nantucket, placing second in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 53.27, which broke the school record she already owned.

“Overall it was a successful cap to our season,” head coach Jim Pignato said. “We finished two places up from where we finished two years ago. It was a great showing and it was very clear we learned a lot from sectionals a couple weeks ago.”

“This senior class has been a special class for us. They added depth and talent throughout their time at Nantucket High School. Collectively they were such an integral part of each team each year. They will be missed deeply.”

Pignato applauded the effort of Davis in her final meet as a Whaler swimmer.

“She nearly became a state champion,” Pignato said. “She missed first place by .24 seconds in the 100 free and I know she is a little bummed out she didn’t get that state title, but she had a great showing at this meet and should be proud.”

The girls had three relay teams participate at the state meet; the 200 yard medley relay; the 200 yard freestyle relay; and the 400 yard freestyle relay. All three relay teams had a top eight podium finish.

“Another swimmer who was great was (senior captain) Emily Dussault,” Pignato said. “She placed 20th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:18.93, which is the second fastest time she has had. Then she placed 18th in the 100 fly with a time of 1:03.33, dropping two seconds and it is one of the best swims I have seen her have.”

Eighth grader Maddie Bartleman improved her 100 yard backstroke record of 1:02.67 with a time of 1:02.33 on Saturday.

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