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Girls Swimming battles Westfield, sets numerous records

It was a record-breaking day on Wednesday for the undefeated Hilltopper Girls Swim team as they took on undefeated Westfield at the Westfield YMCA.  The Hilltopper Girls shattered 6 school records and posted numerous best times.  Senior captains Dagny Donaldson and Caitlin Fagan took first and second place in the 200 freestyle both with best times of 1:53.15 and 1:55.87 and a new school record for Donaldson.  Sophomore Grace Collins nabbed 5th also with a best time of 2:03.02.   In the 200 IM freshman Juliet Ho took 4th with a best time of 2:17.09.

The 50 freestyle was an exciting matchup with freshman phenom and current record holder Sidney Arcella taking second place with a blazing new school record of 23.73.

Sidney Arcella setting a new school record in the 50 free.

In the 100 fly, it was a fight to the finish with Caitlin Fagan capturing the win touching out Westfield by less than a tenth of a second.

Caitlin Fagan (top) battling Westfield in the 100 fly.

In the 100 freestyle, it was another record breaking performance for Sidney Arcella who took second and broke her own record with a 51.54. Sophomore Molly Fagan took third with a best time of 54.40.

In the 500 free, Dagny Donaldson, pacing herself and trailing in the first half, overtook Westfield to win and garner a new school record and best time of 5:03.79.  Grace Collins and Junior Lauren Sexton took 4th and 5th with Sexton turning in a best time of 5:31.78.

Grace Collins, Dagny Donaldson, and Lauren Sexton in the 500 free.

In the 100 back, Molly Fagan captured another school record winning handily and breaking the 1 minute mark with a time of 59.50. The day concluded with a nail-biting 400 free relay with Summit’s Donaldson, the Fagan sisters and Arcella pitted against Westfield.  It was a close race the whole way and came down to the final lap when Arcella pulled ahead to capture the win with another school record of 3:33.87.  Sophomore Bridget Devaney, leading off the other relay, also posted a best time.   The Hilltoppers are the first team this season to keep the Blue Devils under 100 points with a final score of 75-98.  The Hilltoppers will face the Blue Devils again on February 6th for the Counties matchup.