Swimmers, diver advance to regionals

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A third of the swimmers and divers who competed for HHS at districts last weekend are headed to regionals.

The girls team placing sixth at the meet, and will send one relay team, one individual and one diver to regionals.

The boys placing third, sending all of their relay teams and four individuals.

Senior captain Mark Leslie said, “The captains and swimmers gave it their all this season and we have a mammoth amount of swimmers participating in regionals.”

Even though 12 of the 36 swimmers who competed are going to regionals, some races didn’t go over well or at all.

The women’s 4×100 meter relay was disqualified due to leaving the starting block too early.

Some individual races were disqualified when swimmers did not show up to the block on time.

In previous years, districts took place in two parts: preliminary races and finals races that determined which swimmers moved on to regionals.

This year due to Hurricane Sandy, the races were “timed finals,” where swimmers only had to swim one good race and place in the top eight to advance to regionals.

This may have posed a problem for some of the swimmers who were used to swimming two races.

Girls swim coach Nicole Holman was very proud of how the team performed.

“Only having timed finals affected relays and individual races,” she said. “Quite a few of my girls came in ninth and I think that if they had known they would have pushed a little bit harder.”

However some swimmers enjoyed that the meet moved at a quicker pace because the cold weather and windy day made for harsh swimming conditions.

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