The competition was tough on Friday night in Springfield as Camdenton dove into the pool with Ozark, Monett, Lebanon and Glendale in dual competition at Foster Natatorium in Springfield.
After all 10 events were recorded, the Lakers lost a pair of duals falling to Ozark 90-61 and Glendale 132-39. The meet may not have gone as well as desired with Camdenton’s highest finish of the night being third place after all the races, but Coach Paige McCane liked the effort she saw in the water.
“It shows me that we can push through. Even though we swam this whole event in less than two hours we still dug deep and were able to swim the way we needed to, even though we did not necessarily get the results we wanted,” the coach stated. “I think the girls take it harder than I take it and are the worst critics, but I think they swam well considering the circumstances and I know for the rest of the season it is going to improve and get better.”
McCane is confident that improvement will come because she is seeing the techniques and strategies utilized in practice being used during meets.
“We’ve been working a lot on form… and for the most part the girls were doing that. It’s showing that what we are working on is taking effect in our meets and that is always great,” McCane noted. “There is always stuff we can work on and we are going to keep improving our turns, starts and not breathing as much going forward.”
The night began with the 200 Medley Relay and the team of Adrena Normand, Erin Leezer, Victoria Watson and Aubree Enos finished fourth with a time of 2:20.13. In the other relay events, the team of Victoria Turner, Watson, Irelyn Meckley and Emily Willis finished fifth in the 200 Free Relay and the team of Willis, Sasha Prather, Meckley and Turner took sixth in the 400 Free Relay.
The individual events started with the 200 Free where Camdenton had its best finish as Willis finished third with a time of 2:13.16. Prather earned seventh at 2:36.46 and Tori Risner came in 10th at 2:53.52.
Normand was the lone Laker in the pool for the 200 Individual Medley and she took fourth with a time of 3:02.
In the 50 Free, Turner was the fastest Camdenton swimmer with a fifth place time of 28.58 seconds while Meckley took 11th at 30.47 seconds and Leezer earned 13th at 31.25 seconds respectively.
The 100 Free saw Turner earn the top Laker time once again and she finished eighth among the field with a time of 1:03.78. Prather came in 12th at 1:09.82 and Watson finished 13th at 1:11.03.
A trio of Lakers entered the pool for the long-distance race of the 500 Free and Willis finished fourth with a time of 6:11.12 while Risner earned fifth at 7:59.12 and Reagan Faiferlick came in sixth at 8:00.6.
The 100 Backstroke also featured three Lakers and Normand glided her way through the pool for a seventh place time of 1:18.86 while Audrey Currier came in ninth at 1:30.25 and Sophia Baudo finished 11th at 1:37.29.
Last but not least, was the 100 Breaststroke where Leezer took the top Camdenton time with a fifth place time of 1:25.21. Amanda Ferguson came in seventh at 1:32.89 and Watson finished eighth at 1:34.37.
The good news going forward is that there are still opportunities to sharpen times and McCane will have her swimmers keep that in mind.
“We have to get out of our own heads and separate our emotions from our race. Even if this did not go the way we wanted it to go, tomorrow is a new day and the next meet is a new meet,” the coach pointed out. “We only have a handful of opportunities left, but we need to make the best of it, go in with a positive mindset and make every single practice and race count. If it did not go well, we need to put it behind us as we move forward.”
Camdenton should not be lacking any motivation either as the Lakers have put up several times that are right on the cusp of being state qualifying times.
“We’ve had several state consideration times and we just need to see how it plays out,” McCane said. “They take the top 32 and right now we are sitting at 38, 40 or 42 (among different events). If we can whittle down those times and get in the top 32 then we’ll go, but we won’t know until the week before state so w’ll just have to see what happens.”
Up next for Camdenton is the Springfield Invitational on Saturday.