Swimming: Big night for Dreadnaughts in win over Jackson

It was a big night for the Dexter swimming and diving team as the Dreadnaughts defeated visiting Jackson on Tuesday night by a score of 136-49 and also set a new pool record in diving and qualified two relays for the state finals.

Sophomore Lily Witte obliterated her pool and varsity records for six dives with a score of 318.25 points. The old records were 291.50 and 296.30 respectively.

“When she absolutely nailed her reverse 1 1/2 pike, I knew she was going to break 300 points, but 318 is mammoth,” said Dexter Coach Cory Bergen, who was thrilled to get both the 200 free and 400 relays qualified for states.

Dexter (4-0 overall, 3-0 SEC White) hosts Lincoln tonight (Oct. 8) for Senior Night.

The Dreadnaughts took the top three spots in diving – something they do quite often. After Witte’s amazing 318.25, fellow sophomore Vivian Kinnard scored 251.30 to take second while junior Elyssa Grossman took third with 236.30.

Dexter’s 200 free relay team of Lily Witte, Marea Balcom, Hailee Waters and Charlotte Schultz took first with a D-2 state-qualifying time of 1:44.68. Dexter took the top three spots in the 200 free relay. The team of Theresa Rutz, Emma Sortor, Maddy Matos and Dani Schulz was second in 1:50.84.


In the 400 free relay, the team of Holly Durand, Waters, Schultz and Balcom went 3:50.50 to qualify for D-2 states.

The medley relay team of Lauren Witte, Delaney Parker, Lily Witte and Durand opened the meet with a first-place finish time of 1:57.85 in the medley relay.

Waters, a senior, won the 200 free in 2:01.89 with Matos second (2:09.11) and Gwen Tatara third (2:15.20). Lauren Witte won the 200 IM (2:21.20) with Sorter third (2:32.09) and Laura Walton fourth (2:36.30).

Dexter took the top three spots in the 50 free with Schultz (25.55), Durand (26.50) and Schulz (27.70).

Lauren Witte was second in the butterfly in 1:04.98 while Claire Blodgett was third in 1:11.32.

The Dreadnaughts swept the 100 free with Waters first (56.25), Balcom second (57.99) and Durand third (58.40).

In the 500 free, Walton went the distance to take first place in 5:53.62. Teammate Elizabeth Higgins was second in 6:02.00.

Alexis TerBush was second in the backstroke in 1:08.40, Blodgett was third in 1:11.32 and Isa Reyes fourth in 1:12.64.

In the breaststroke, Dexter took the top three spots with Parker first (1:14.68), Maddy Matos second (1:16.70) and Natalie Koenn third (1:17.75).

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