Lafayette girls swim well at Springfield, will host conference meet Feb. 7-8
By: Warren Mayes
The Lafayette Lancers traveled down Interstate 44 to compete in two invitationals and performed well.
The Lancers finished second in the Friday Night Fights meet in Springfield. Host Glendale, a state power, won 334-273. There were six teams competing in the event.
The following day was a 19-team meet and Lafayette wound up third in the Springfield Invitational.
Highlights of the Friday event were a first-place finish in the 200 IM relay. Swimming on the relay was Mae Riordan, Claire Kirchhoefer, Taylor Holz, and Katherine Lucken. Riordan won the 200 IM and Gretchen Cox finished second. Kirchhoefer took first in the 100 breaststroke and second in the 200 freestyle. In the 100 backstroke, Lucken finished second. The 400 free relay team of Laura Paskoff, Riordan, Cox, and Lauren Hansen was third. Divers Grace Delaney and Anna Bader finished seventh and 11th respectively.
In the 19-team meet, the Lancers finished with 319.5 points, behind champion Notre Dame Di Sion’s 340 points and Glendale’s 326 points.
The 200 IM team of Lucken, Kirchhoefer, Holz, and Paskoff finished first. Riordan took first in the 500 free and was third in the 200 free. Kirchhoefer won the 100 breast and was second in the 200 IM. Paskoff was third in the 50 free and 200 free. The 400 free relay team was third. Divers Emily Slater and Kelly Shaw took seventh and eighth place.
The Lancers will compete in the Suburban West Conference tournament. The two-day meet will begin Thursday (Feb. 7) at Lafayette. Last year, Parkway South won the tournament, ending the Lancers’ 27-year winning streak.
The conference meet is the last warmup before the two-day state meet, which begins Feb. 15 at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.