Tornado Swimmers Set Fast Times In Non-league Win Over Greene On Senior Night

By: Meagan Schulz

Tornado swimmers set fast times in non-league win over Greene on senior night The Norwich Girls Swim team honored the five seniors on the 2019 roster during the non-league meet against Greene Tuesday evening. Emerson Burton (far left), Jazmine Potter, Margie Winter, Riley Revoir and Hailey Shattuck are joined by their parents during the special recognition halfway through the Lady Purple Tornado win. The final score was 90-61, Norwich. (Evening Sun Photo, Meagan Schulz)

NORWICH – The Norwich Girls swim team improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season after defeating Greene in a non-league meet at home on Tuesday night 90-61.

Halfway through the event, the Purple Tornado head coach Saundra Gantt recognized her five seniors who are set to graduate in June of 2020. Emerson Burton, Riley Revoir, Margie Winter, Jazmine Potter and Hailey Shattuck have been coached by Gantt for their years on the varsity program and were joined with their parents and family members during the special ceremony.

Prior to the senior recognition, the Lady Tornado and the Greene Trojans swam a total of four events with Norwich coming in first in all but the Lady Trojans placing second in half of the races.

The 200 yard medley relay team of Ashley Coombs, Kaitlyn Blaisure, Tanner Olds and Abigail Natoli placed first in the event that started off the meet with a time of 2:21.56. In the same event, Greene’s Victoria Milk, Emily Milk, Madison Pavlovich and Sophia Hanselman placed third.

Norwich took a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 individual medley relay with Abby Hansen securing first with her time of 2:30.49. Aurora Strauch and Olds came in behind her while Amy Bentley and Ella Prindle of Greene grabbed team points of the event, placing fourth and fifth for the visiting team.

In the very fast paced 50 yard freestyle, Angela Carlson came away with the win with her time of 26.37. Greene’s Skyler Nowalk finished second, just two second off Carlson’s pace in the event. Shattuck and Addyson Whaley were third and fourth for Norwich and Greene’s Victoria Milk and Hanselman rounded out the top six finishers, once again helping the Lady Trojans with team points.

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Following the intermission for the seniors, the Lady Tornado swimmers saw two personal best times crushed and an exciting race for first in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Hansen swam in the 100 yard backstroke for just the second time of her high school swimming career. Her first time racing in the event, she posted a time of 1:10. Tuesday night, the Norwich swimmer finished first in the event with a time of 1:07.34 to beat her previous best by two and half seconds.

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