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Danes Have Best Finish Ever at State Championships

February 13, 2012
Fountain Valley School

Maia Presti '13 finished third in the Colorado 4A State Diving Championships Saturday as the Danes finished 13th overall as a team—their best finish ever.

"We are so very proud of our small group of girls who represented our larger team at this incredibly competitive meet," head coach Rob Gustke said. "This meet has gotten so fast in the last three years that to just get your program to where a few kids can qualify is an accomplishment in itself."

The top three teams had between 12 and 15 girls who qualified to swim in the finals, and another 8-10 who had swum the qualifying times but not fast enough to make the top 16. Presti's third-place finish out of 22 very talented divers was an extraordinary result. To emphasize how the competition never stops improving, Presti improved her score over last year's meet by 35 points to stay competitive at this elite level. Senior captain Alanna Erickson closed out her stellar career with lifetime bests in the 50 free (24.99) and 100 free (54.36), which placed her on the podium at seventh and sixth places, respectively.

Finally, the 200 freestyle relay team of Hannah Carrese, Ingrid Idland, Morgan McCurdy and Erickson shattered the school record and earned a fine 13th-place finish with a time of 1:46.98 seconds. Friday night, the 400 free relay swam to a new school record of 3:56.40 seconds but barely missed making the finals, placing 17th. Senior cptain Lindsey Maher joined fellow seniors McCurdy, Erickson and Carrese in putting their names up on the FVS record board one last time.

The 200-yard medley relay completed the Danes' state team, and Morgan Berlin (back), Kiira Walsh (breast), Hannah Pratt (Fly) and Idland (free) got some valuable experience and a thrill to swim and compete on this big stage against some way-fast competition!

"This has been a great group of young ladies to coach these past four years, and they will now move on and the younger group will begin assembling themselves into the strong team that their potential holds," Gustke said. "If athletics teaches us anything, it is that hard work and commitment over long periods of time yields good results and also that the new generation must pick up where the departing one leaves and continue the tradition of excellence."

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