Swim and dive team takes third at ISLs

January 30, 2015

At the Independent School League conference championship on Friday, January 30, the Snails placed third – just four points behind Flint Hill. Outstanding first place finishes in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at ISLs helped propel the team to third place at ISLs, and move into the No. 15 spot on the Washington Post’s Top 20 rankings in the D.C. metro area.

“I think we surprised a lot of people tonight, but it didn’t surprise me. We knew we’d be up there,” Madeira Coach Rod Montrie said in an interview for Washington Post’s Reach for the Wall. “This is one of the best team’s I’ve been a part of. They know they have a chance to do something special.”

Individually Madeira had a great meet with numerous swimmers improving their times. Junior Kylie Jordan led in scoring with a first place finish in the 200 IM and second in the 100 butterfly. Colgate commit and sprinter, Farrin Saba ’15 placed second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free. Freshman Maddie Heilburn and Giovanna Moriarty made impressive debuts at their first ISL championship: Maddie finished second in the 200 free and third in 500 free, and Giovanna placed sixth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breast. Marina Pearce ’15 placed eighth in the 100 back, making her state cut, while Stephanie Royer ’15 placed 9th in 500 free and 12th in the 200 free. Mary McCarthy picked up 11th in the 100 fly and 12th in the 500 free.

The Madeira divers also had a large role in the team’s success. Carly Yosaitis ’15 placed sixth and Jacqueline Beauliea ’15 and Ramsey Aldrich ’15 tied for 11th.

Kylie, Farrin, Stephanie, Maddie H., and Giovanna were all named to the ISL All-League team. Big meets coming up for the Snails are WMPSSDL Championships, January 29 and 31 and Metro February 6 and 7.

Read coverage of Madeira in the Washington Post Reach for the Wall article: Madeira’s success is no surprise