For the seniors on the Westminster Christian Academy girls team, it was a great way to end the regular season.
Westminster notched its third consecutive Metro League swimming and diving championship. The Wildcats finished first in the annual meet held at MICDS.
“The seniors really wanted to go out with a three-peat,” Westminster coach Kent Kehr said. “They were ecstatic. All were thrilled to be a part of the winning team.”
Three consecutive championships in such a qualify conference is impressive. Kehr said his girls earned their titles.
“(It’s a) Wonderful testament to the hard work and commitment especially from our 17 seniors,” Kehr said.
As for himself, Kehr said it was great to watch his girls compete and triumph.
“(I) Loved every minute,” Kehr said. “What was really exciting was to see how much fun these swimmers had performing at their best.”
Freshman diver Margo O’Meara scored a 524 for the 11-dive conference title. Her point total set both a conference record and a Westminster record.
Kehr marveled at her performance.
“It really is exciting to see how skilled she is in this sport,” Kehr said. “Her competitive spirit and humility make her a a wonderful team member and athlete.”
O’Meara has won every event she has competed in this season. Kehr said he is not surprised with what she’s done this season.
“I knew she had great skills coming in but to see it play out on the board is amazing,” Kehr said.
Junior Payton Dunn won the 200 free in 1 minute, 59.50 seconds.
“It was a great race for her,” Kehr said. “One of here better times. ”
Dunn also won the 500 free in 5:16.83.
“That was her best time for us this season so it was a great race,” Kehr said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect. She had some shoulder difficulties but she just decided to swim hard and have fun which really set the pace for the rest of the girls.”
The Wildcats also won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:46:38. Girls on the relay were seniors Brittany Johnson and Jenna Galaktos along with sophomore Lauren Zone and O’Meara.
“It was their best (time) of the season,” Kehr said.
Westminster also won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:52:12. Competing on this relay were Johnson, sophomore Grace Skiljan, O’Meara and Dunn.
It was a great race the girls on the relay.
“They met the automatic cut for state, which was quite unexpected,” Kehr said.
All in all, it was a meet to remember, Kehr said. The girls exceeded his expectations.
“Above and beyond,” Kehr said about how well the girls swam. “Most of the times posted were bests so I’m very proud and happy for this group of swimmers and divers.”