Fairport High School’s girl’s varsity swim and dive team finished its 2018 season with a 5-3 record and a fourth-place finish at Sectionals.
The team placed first in the 200 free relay with a time of 1 minute and 37.32 seconds and fourth in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 433.90. The Lady Raiders sent a team of four swimmers and one diver to compete at the New York State Public High School Swim Championship held at Ithaca College on Nov. 16-17.
The girls’ varsity swim team finished its season by taking two top 10 positions in relay events at the NYS Swim Championship. The team of Grace Kanaley, junior; Becky Park, sophomore; Ella Guilfoil, freshman; and Kyla Guilfoil, junior, swam a season best in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:34.72 to grab fifth position. This same team swam to a sixth-place finish in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:38.58.
The girls also represented Fairport in individual events at the meet. Ella qualified in the 200 free and 500 free events. Ella competed in the finals of both events and swam the lead leg of the 400 free in a time of 53.15. Kyla qualified in the 100 free and 100 back events and swam Fairport’s anchor position in both relays. She anchored the team with a split time of 24.39 in the 200 and 53.26 in the 400 free. This is Kyla’s third year as a member of the Lady Raider’s state team. Kanaley qualified in the 50 free and 100 fly events. Kanaley swam in the finals of both events and served as the lead swimmer in the 200 free relay. She got the team off to a strong start swimming a 24.63. This is her second year as a member of Fairport’s state team. Becky Park was a key contributor to Fairport’s freestyle relay teams. Park swam a 25.07 split in the 200 free and a 54.32 in the 400 free relay. This is Park’s second year as a member of the state team.
Fairport’s diver, eighth-grader Sophie Meuwissen, who was seeded in 54th position across 6,000 divers in New York going into the competition, sprung to 31st position. Sophie was six points short of qualifying for the finals. Sophie was the top finisher among all middle schoolers competing at this event.