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Season Ends Well for Women Swimmers

By Maroula Bratakos
Team Member

The women's varsity swimming team ended its season well, finishing 11th among the 31 teams at the New England Swimming and Diving Championships. Nine swimmers, Lexie Farel '96, Kathy Youngbear '96, Miranda Fan '95, Holly Goo '95, Clara Yang '95, Pauline Liauw '94, Christine Harada '94, Maroula Bratakos '93, and Karen Pfautz '93, and one diver, Debbie Guftason '95 traveled to the three day meet held at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

"I was really impressed with how well the team did'', said Bratakos. "The New England team was much smaller and younger than in past years, but everyone pulled together and had great swims.''

The standout swimmer of the team was Co-captain Pfautz who once again proved herself to be one of the best swimmers in New England. Pfautz finished in the top eight in everything she swam including a third place finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a second place finish in the 50-yard butterfly, which she lost by only two hundredths of a second. She qualified for the national championship in the 100-yard butterfly.

Pfautz also led several relays to strong finishes. The 200-yard freestyle relay team -- Pfautz, Goo, Fan and Harada -- placed eighth with everyone recording lifetime best swims. The 400-yard freestyle relay team, comprising Pfautz, Goo, Fan, and Yang, also finished eighth, while the 200-yard medley relay of Harada, Goo, Pfautz and Fan finished 11th.

Another strong swimmer in the meet was Goo, who showed her versatility by placing in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke, and by having fast swims in the freestyle relays.

Another great performance for the team was given by Guftason. This was Guftason's first trip to New Englands and she did extremely well, placing fifth on the 3-meter boards and 11th on the 1-meter boards.

"We all did really well and everybody improved'' said Co-captain Harada. Almost every one who went to the meet swam personal best times.