The Madeira Varsity Swim and Dive team concluded the 2017-2018 season as the VISAA State Championships (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association). The State meet was held at the Jeff Rouse Swim Center in Stafford, Virginia, February 17-18.
The meet opened with Madeira’s 200 Medley relay (Meaghan Doyle ‘19, Lily Rathbun ‘20, Lindsey Lukehart ’19, Giovi Moriarty ‘18) tying with Norfolk for 4th place. The Bulldogs held the lead for most of the meet, but Madeira surged into position to win by placing four swimmers in the finals of the 100 Breaststroke.
The meet quickly became a showdown between the Madeira Snails and the Bulldogs of Norfolk Academy. Madeira won the team title by the narrowest margin of ½ of a point. The Snails snatched the lead during the last event of the night, the 4x100 Freestyle relay.
The 400-yard Freestyle relay (Gati '18, Doyle '19, Davis '20, Heilbrun '18 ) and the 200 yard Freestyle relay (Gati, Moriarty, Davis, Heilbrun) both recorded Automatic All-American times and set new team records. The 400-yard relay also set a new VISSA State record.
Izzy Gati won the 100-yard butterfly and placed 2nd in the 200-yard freestyle, both in an Automatic All-American time. Gati also set a new team record in the 50-yard freestyle, leading off the 200 Relay and rated All-American consideration. Maddie Heilbrun’s 3rd place finish in the 200 IM also earned her All-American consideration.
Madeira placed a total of nine swimmers in the final heats:
Izzy Gati: 1st place 100 Butterfly, 2nd place 200 Freestyle
Maddie Heilbrun: 3rd place 200 IM, 5th Place 100 Freestyle
Sofie Davis: 2nd place 100 Breaststroke, 4th place 50 Freestyle
Meaghan Doyle: 5th place 100 Breaststroke, 8th place 100 Freestyle
Molly Watts ‘20: 6th place 200 IM, 6th place 500 Freestyle
Giovi Moriarty: 7th place 200 Freestyle, 10th place 500 Freestyle
Lily Rathbun ‘20: 6th place 100 Breaststroke
Elizabeth Zhukova ‘21: 10th place 100 Breaststroke
Sofia Bernstein ‘19: 14th place 100 Butterfly
“This was a great moment in Madeira swimming history,” said coach Rod Montrie “The teamwork, the courage, seeing girls rise to the occasion when their team needed them most, it was inspiring. The team had an all-time high of eight All-American times.”
This win is the sixth State title for Madeira Swim & Dive. Madeira Swim & Dive has finished in the top ten in the state for each of the past 25 years.