The Camdenton girls’ swim team made their first appearance in state competition at the City of St. Peters Rec-Plex on Friday where the 200 Free Relay team of senior Victoria Turner and freshmen Irelyn Meckley, Victoria Watson and Emily Willis took on the best of Missouri in the Class 1 meet.

The Lakers needed to finish in the top 16 to qualify for the finals on Saturday but came up short as their time of 1:53.40 earned the team the 30th best time in the state. It was not the most ideal finish for a team that came into the competition ranked 27th, but Camdenton coach Paige McCane was proud of her girls.

“They were a little disappointed that our relay did not drop time and we placed lower than we were seeded. However, I am very proud of what they’ve done,” the coach said. “This was an excellent learning experience and the freshmen will be able to learn from it and grow. This performance is the first stepping stone for what is to come for our program and we had to start somewhere.”

With plenty of young talent returning next season, Camdenton will look to make qualifying for state a normal occurrence.