By Stefano Frederich
After finishing second place at states last year, the girls swim and dive team returned this year hungry for gold, and they did not leave disappointed. The team earned their first ever win at the Maryland 4A/3A state championships, and it was the perfect way to cap off their undefeated season.
Coming into the state championships, the girls wanted to handle unfinished business from last year. Not only did they win the overall state championship but four individual members of the team won state titles. Juniors Samantha Smith, Jazz Berry, Jill Berger, along with sophomore Ailey Gold defended B-CC’s 200-yard medley relay state title all while breaking the school record that B-CC set the previous year.
“It was super exciting to win the state championship for the first time in school history, and I’m really glad that I got to be a part of that, said Smith.
Allen won the state championship for the 50-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 23.70, barely edging out second place by less than two-tenths of a second. Junior Jill Berger came in first place in the 100-yard butterfly, with fellow Baron Samantha Smith right behind her. Smith additionally earned a personal state title as she went on to win the 100-yard backstroke with ease.
Several members of the team are returning next year, and Smith has high high hopes for next year. “I think that it’s one of the team goals to back-to-back and win again next year, and I think that’s definitely possible,” Smith said.
Graphic taken from B-CC Swim and Dive Twitter