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Kayla Mendonca finished sixth in the 100 backstroke and came in 13th place for the 100 butterfly to lead the Hand girls’ swimming and diving squad to a 17th-place performance at the State Open Championship at Yale University. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Source | Buy This Photo)
Abbi Chemacki followed up her victory in the 500 freestyle at the Class M State Championship by placing 13th in the event for the Tigers at the State Open. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Source | Buy This Photo)
Ava Dougherty swam on Hand’s 13th-place 200 medley relay when the Tigers sent some athletes to compete at the State Open Championship on Nov. 24. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/The Source | Buy This Photo)
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The Hand girls’ swimming and diving team was represented by several athletes when the State Open Championship was held at Yale University on Nov. 24. The Tigers scored a total of 131 points to finish in 17th place among the 51 squads that were represented at the meet.
Kayla Mendonca competed in two individual events for Hand at the Open. Mendonca took sixth place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.60 and finished 13th in the 100 butterfly at 59.08. Mendonca had recently placed first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.83 at the Class M State Championship after winning the event for the fourth year in a row at the SCC Championship.
Also at the State Open, Hand’s 400 freestyle relay team of senior Ruby Redlich, senior Erin Reilly, junior Ava Keane, Mendonca recorded a time of 3:36.43 to come in sixth place. That same unit claimed first place at the Class M meet by posting a mark of 3:36.43.
Sophomore Abbi Chemacki finished 13th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:11.65 at the Open. Chemacki won the event at the Class M meet by clocking in with a 5:10.63.
The Tigers’ 200 medley relay of Mendonca, junior Ava Dougherty, Reilly, and Keane took 13th place with a time of 1:52.82 at the Open. Reilly finished 19th in the 100 backstroke by swimming a time of 1:00.25.
—Peter Vander Veer
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