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Girl's Swim and Dive Wins NVL Title photos by Will Letourneau

In the 16 years that Woodland Regional High School has been open, the girls swimming and diving team has not won a NVL championship title. That all changed on Friday night. For the first time in Woodland history the girls swimming and diving team won the NVL league championship, only beating Seymour out by 11 points.

Jordan Williams, Dia Gawronski, Kyla Drewry, and Brooke Pope swam the medley relay which consists of 50 yards of each stroke- backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. They broke a new school record with a time of 1:58:92. The relay still fell behind to Seymour who swam a 1:54:91, but that did not put a block in the road to victory.

BELOW: From left to right: Swimmers Casey Brooks, Emily Beyer, Morgan Swift, Grace Rua and Ainsley Clark swimming in the first few events.

Woodland divers Maddie Hoxie, Julianna Bartolucci, and Adrianna Byczko contributed with their finishes. Hoxie finished 6th, with a score of 330.40. Bartolucci followed Hoxie with score of 262.90 and an 8th place finish. Byczko finished 9th and her score was 255.55. Altogether, the divers contributed a total of 68 points towards Woodland, helping to clench the title.

Throughout the evening, the girls supported one another during their quest for Woodland's first ever Girls Swim N.V.L. title.

The pressure was on the girls the entire meet, but that did not stop them from having fun. During their warm up breaks the entire team sang and danced along to music that was being played (below).

BELOW: From left to right: Swimmers Spenser Burkowsky, Taylor Muharem, Morgan Swift, Carly Erickson, and Emily Rindos competing in the last few events.

Meet Highlights

The championship heat of the 100 fly consisted of two of Woodland swimmers, Dia Gawronski and Kyla Drewry. Dia Gawronski swam 57.21, breaking a school record and a new NVL record. Kyla Drewry clenched a strong 4th place.

The 100 freestyle had close and intense races for Woodland. Brooke Pope was originally behind in the race, but she pulled ahead and won the race by 0.21 of a second. Camille Terrell followed Pope with 6th place. Casey Brooks also had a competitive race, touching out the girl in the lane next to her by only 0.01 of a second resulting in 7th place overall.

Woodland had strong 500 freestyle swimmers. Dia Gawronski set a new school record in the 500 and placed 1st overall, winning by nearly 22 seconds. Jordan Williams placed 9th, Emily Beyer placed 11th, and Morgan McSherry placed 22nd.

The 200 freestyle relay consisting of Dia Gawronski, Aly Rojcov, Camille Terrell, and Brooke Pope dominated everyone in the pool. They were originally seated 4th, but they came back and earned the gold. They took Seymour out, beating them with a time of 1:45.01 to 1:46.25. This 1st place win brought the energy up tremendously, and nobody saw it coming.

The meet came down to the 400 freestyle relay, the last event of the meet. The relay consisted of sophomores Aly Rojcov, Camille Terrell, Casey Brooks, and senior Kyla Drewry anchoring. Their mission was to complete the race, having enough points to win the title of NVL champions regardless of their placing. Their goal was not to disqualify themselves with a false start. The pressure was on for these girls, knowing that the meet was locked in, but not over. With conservative starts and good finishes, the girls finished the relay in fourth place, and the celebration began.

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