By Matt Nestor
Five teams competed at the Harlem Invitational girls’ swim meet over the weekend (Sept. 12-13). As expected, Boylan ran away from the competition.
Led by impressive performances by junior Taylor Mollin and their relay teams, the Titans were able to walk away with the team victory. Boylan also won the juinor varsity portion of the meet.
The Titans scored a total of 381 points. Byron stayed a close second with 323. Hononegah was third with 154, Auburn fourth with 152, and Harlem was fifth with 146.
Mollin ended the day winning four events. She won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, and helped anchor the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.
Byron was also able to finish strong behind Rose Thompson and Ciara Lightner. Thompson won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle. Lightner won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. They both were a part of the 200-yard medley relay team that also won.
“We always have to look at Rose Thompson and Taylor Mollin,” Harlem swim coach Dave Logterman said. “They’re top-notch swimmers. They will always stand out more than anyone else. They’re state qualifiers. They will have the best times.”
Harlem finished a close third in the junior varsity meet behind Hononegah. Logterman was disappointed with the varsity finish, but said he was happy to see some individual improvements early in the season.
“We had some time drops,” he said. “They weren’t great times, but personal time drops across the board. This time of the year, it’s early, everyone is still a little slow. We need to work harder. But we’re already dropping some of our best times from last year.”
From the September 16-22, 2009 issue.