---- — The young Cooperstown swim team finished short of the state tournament, but with lots of success, according to coach Katy Haseley.
After winning their third straight Frontier League Southern B title, the Redskins spent much of last week in Nottingham at the Section Three championships. However, nobody qualified for the state tournament this season.
In the swimming preliminaries, Cooperstown took third in Class C on Friday with top eight finishes in medley relay, 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 50 butterfly, 500 free, backstroke, breaststroke and 400 free relay.
Junior Catherine Borgstrom, the Redskins top diver, placed 10th in the diving prelims and qualified for the Saturday finals.
Lucy Ford and Renee Friedman also made the section meet, but did not finish in the top 16 to move onto the finals.
On Saturday, Borgstrom moved up to place eighth, the top finish for a Redskin diver since Becky Fisher placed in the top three in 2006.
“I am very pleased with Catherine’s poise and focus to make top eight,” Haseley said. “She has worked hard all season.”
Four Cooperstown swimmers did well enough on Friday to return for Saturday’s finals. Eden Griger in the 200 and 500 free and eighth-grader Tessa Griger in the 100 butterfly both made the finals. The Griger sisters, Liz Russo and Lindsay Harloff also qualified by placing 15th in the 400 free relay, just missing the school record in the process.
“I thought we swam stronger on Saturday than Friday,” Haseley said. “I expected a few better finishes, but all in all a good season.”
With only a couple of swimmers graduating, Haseley said she is looking forward to another good year next season.
“I am looking to strengthen our program during the off season,” she said. “We are relatively young, and many of those swimmers provide our strength, but each swimmer this year contributed and improved. I would be thrilled to see our roster at 20 swimmers next fall.”