By Will Petersen
For the Courier
You never want to call a race too early, especially if there’s a chance you could be wrong. But sometimes you know pretty quickly that it’s over. That was the case in the 200-yard freestyle relay Nov. 30 at the Wulf Recreation Center for the Evergreen girls ‘A’ team.
Senior Lexie Malazdrewicz got the Lady Cougars off to almost a half a pool length lead over the competition and the team of Malazdrewicz, Camille Morales, Katherine Halama and Lindsay Morrow cruised to a time of 1 minute, 49.57 seconds. A win by more than seven seconds,
That race was indicative of most of the meet with Evergreen winning eight of 12 events on its way to a 108-77 win over a young Chatfield team. Both coaches talked, though, of the importance of swimming in a meet and getting into an early-season rhythm.
“We’ve only been in the pool for three weeks. We’ve got to try girls out and see what kind of shape they’re in,” Evergreen head coach Jeanne Godaire said. “There’s a few girls in good shape, but most are still working into it.”
“We just came in to see what we really had,” Chatfield head coach Ron Johns said. “It’s just seeing what they can do today and putting those times down on a sheet.”
Malazdrewicz, in particular, showed what she can do in a big way. Even if people already knew that, some of the margins in her victories were just eye-popping.
The Evergreen senior won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.78, beating the next closest competitor by 26 seconds. In the 100 butterfly, she clocked a time of 1:00.03, topping the rest of the field by 29 seconds.
Even with Malazdrewicz being head and shoulders above the rest of the field, Godaire emphasized how happy she is with her group early on.
“It’s just the first meet, and they’re already operating as a unit,” Godaire said. “They’ve just come together and I’m really impressed.”
Chatfield will look to come together quickly as well. The team lost more than 20 seniors from a season ago. The Lady Chargers’ most impressive swimmer was sophomore Amanda Meares, who won the 500 freestyle by 20 seconds.