Father Ryan women swimmers claim two state titles

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The Father Ryan High School women’s swim team’s 200-yard medley relay team of (front row, L-R) Lucy Trailov, Gwen Bakker, (back row) Kaitlyn Barnes, and Parker Lynch, won the state championship and set a new school record. Submitted photo

The Father Ryan High School women’s swimming team claimed two state titles at this year’s Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association state championship meet.

Senior Gwen Bakker took home the title in the women’s 100 yard breaststroke in a time of 1:03.2, setting a new school record in the event. 

The 200-yard medley relay team of seniors Bakker, Parker Lynch and Kaitlyn Barnes and sophomore Lucy Trailov, also set a new school record in winning the state championship in a time of 1:45.46. It was the first relay state championship in school history.

Trailov also set a new school record in the 100-yard butterfly and finished second in the state.

Lynch set school records in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing fourth, and in the 100 backstroke, finishing fifth.

The record setting performances helped Father Ryan finish fifth in the women’s team standings.

Other performances by the Father Ryan women swimmers in the state meet included: 

• Trailov, fifth in the 500 yard freestyle.

• Freshman Grace Klein, sixth in 1 meter diving.

• Lynch, Barnes, Trailov and senior Claire Platek finished 8th in the 200-yard freestyle.

• Seniors Anabelle Dragan, Emma Rehse, and Bakker and Catherine Bonadies finished 19th in the 400-yard freestyle.

• Bakker finished 25th in the 200-yard individual medley.

• Platek finished 30th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Barnes finished 37th, Platek 40th, and Rehse 63rd.

• Dragan finished 38th in the 200-yard freestyle.

• In the 100-yard freestyle Barnes finished 44th and Rehse 73rd.

• Dragan finished 50th in the 100-yard backstroke.

Father Ryan’s men’s team finished 40th in the team standings. Individual performances included:

• Sophomore Wyatt Bakker finished 15th in 1-meter diving.

• Junior Zechariah Hadlock, seniors Collin Heslin and Jackson Greenwalt, and sophomore Oscar Green finished 20th in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

• Heslin, freshman Clark Steffen, Hadlock and Green finished 23rd in the 200-yard medley relay.

• Hadlock, Steffen, Greenwalt, and senior Ryan Burns finished 25th in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

• In the 100-yard butterfly, Green finished 33rd, Hadlock 53rd, and Heslin, 12 68th.

• Green finished 36th in the 100-yard freestyle.

• Steffen finished 43rd in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke.

• Heslin finished 47th in the 100-yard backstroke.

Irish swimmers Anabelle Dragan, Claire Platek, Jackson Greenwalt, Parker Lynch and Kaitlyn Barnes earned NISCA Academic All-American recognition.

The women’s team at Pope John Paul II Preparatory School in Hendersonville finished 28th in the team standings and the men’s team finished 89th.

The individual performers for the Pope Prep women’s team included:

• Freshmen Aubrey Willard, Sadie Smith, and Trevi Ferranti, and sophomore Claire Mewbourne finished 15th in the 200-yard medley relay.

• Mewbourne finished 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 16th in the 200-yard freestyle.

• Freshman Reagan May finished 27th in the 500-yard freestyle.

• Freshman Emily Iannitelli finished 31st, and Aubrey Willard 39th in the 100-yard backstroke. 

• Junior Alyssa Willard finished 41st and Sadie Smith 51st in the 100-yard butterfly.

•  Aubrey Willard finished 53rd in the 200-yard individual medley.

•  Trevi Ferranti finished 12th, Emily Iannitelli 53rd, and Alyssa Willard 58th in the 50-yard freestyle.

• Sadie Smith finished 72nd and Reagan May 86th in the 100-yard freestyle.

Also competing in the state championships were the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Trevi Farranti, Emily Iannitelli, Alyssa Willard, and Claire Mewbourne, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of 

Alyssa Willard, Aubrey Willard, Emily Iannitelli, and Sadie Smith.

The Pope Prep men’s team finished 89th in the team standings. Individual performances included:

• Junior Aikman Warren 47th in the 100-yard butterfly and 61st in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Participating in the state championships were 880 swimmers from 132 schools across Tennessee.

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