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Swim and dive team breaks several records; places 6th at VISAAs

February 19, 2015

The 2014-2015 swim and dive season came to a close at the Virginia Independent School Athletics Association championship in Richmond, VA, February 14-15. After a strong performance at Washington Metro Championships the team had high hopes for fast times and were not disappointed. Twelve swimmers and four divers qualified for the meet.

Individually, Madeira was led by junior Kylie Jordan, named who was named the Most Valuable Swimmer alongside Kate Nezelek from Trinity Episcopal School. Kylie swam the 200 free in a blazing 1:48.44, an automatic All-American time and new state record. Kylie improved her 2014 VISAA 100 fly record to 53.71, an automatic All-American time as well. Senior co-captains Marina Pearce, Farrin Saba, and Stephanie Royer had impressive swims. Marina Pearce and Stephanie Royer each had best times in their relays, and Royer placed 18th in the 500 free. The Colgate-bound sprinter, Farrin Saba improved her 50 and 100 free times, finishing 4th and 7th respectively. Freshman Maddie Heilbrun finished 6th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 100 back.

Senior Carly Yosiatis and sophomore Claire Simpson racked up some points in diving finishing in 8th and 15th respectively.

In relays, the Madeira swimmers swam their fastest. The 200 medley relay (Marina Pearce, Giovanna Moriarty, Mary McCarthy, and Stephanie Royer), placed 12th with a combined time of 1:59.19. Next, the 200 free relay (Farrin Saba, Giovanna Moriarty, Maddie Heilbrun, and Kylie Jordan) claimed first, breaking the school and VISAA state record, and earning All-American consideration with their time of 1:36.30. This was the first time in nine years a Madeira relay finished first. In the last event of the meet, the 400 free relay (Farrin Saba, Stephanie Royer, Maddie Heilbrun, and Kylie Jordan) had outstanding times adding up to a school record of 3:33.69, but were unfortunately disqualified. The Snails finished 6th overall.

“We came into this meet looking to swim fast and break a few school records,” said Coach Montrie. “And we did that. Our girls can be really proud of their effort. I am certainly very proud of their performance and resiliency.”

Coach Montrie is already looking ahead to next year. He will be getting back a wealth of talent with juniors Kylie Jordan, Mary McCarthy, and Romi Gould, along with rising sophomore standouts Maddie Heilbrun and Giovanna Moriarty.

View photos from the VISAA championship >> 

Related articles:

Washington Post, Reach For The Wall: Flint  Hill, Kylie Jordan shine at an improved VISAA championships (includes video)

Loudoun Times: Jordan has the stroke for success

Inside NOVA/Fairfax Sun Gazette: Madeira School junior wins two more races at state championship

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