Reds cause a splash at conference swim meet

Eaton swim and dive send several competitors to state


Marcela Delgado

Dharma Perkins swimming at the Welco invitational

The 2022-2023 swim and dive season has come to an end, and the Reds finished it out with maximum energy. On Thursday Feb, 2, the Reds traveled to Mountain View High School to participate in the preliminary round of the Patriot League conference swim meet. They also competed in the finals the following day.

In the one meter dive, Senior Kaiya Sinkler took third place with a score of 392.8, and Maddux Chapman (25) scored 357.55 points, taking fifth place.

Dharma Perkins (25) swam a 26.82 second 50 yard freestyle in the finals. Also in the 50 freestyle, Andie Rasmussen (24) swam a 27.38 in the finals. 

Rasmussen also qualified in the 100 freestyle, taking fourth place with a time of 1:00.57. Aedy Barclay swam a 1:08.5 and took 19th place, and Railey McGary (25) swam a 1:16.13, taking 25th.

Barclay said, “Being the last official meet with the whole team, you feel a lot of pressure, but it helps improve your performance. Next year I am hoping to get better at distance events like the 500.”

Senior Aubrey Ledall swam a 1:11.63 100 backstroke and sophomore Mackinzie Hays swam 1:25.45, taking ninth and 19th place, respectively 

Sophie Morgan (25) swam the 100 butterfly in 1:07.79 and placed tenth, and Perkins was less than a second faster, with a time of 1:07.07 and a ninth place finish.

Senior Caitlin Morgan took third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.34. Karley Riggs (25) swam a 1:31.67, Lanfear Vallejos (26) swam a 1:49.53, and freshman Kaelin Dugan’s time was 2:03.77. The girls placed 16th, 29th, and 31st.

Ledall had a time of 2:27.08 in 14th place for the 200 freestyle. She was followed by Barclay at 2:39.59 in 18th.

Caitlin and Sophie Morgan took third and fourth in the 200 Individual Medley, swimming a 2:23.75 and a 2:28.42. 

Senior Avril Rodriguez took 17th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 7:59.38.

The Reds took third in the 200m freestyle relay, second in the 200m medley relay, and seventh in the 400m freestyle relay. 

Sinkler and Chapman qualified for state in the one meter dive with their scores. Rasmussen qualified for state in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and Perkins qualified in the 50 freestyle. Perkins also qualified in the 100m butterfly, and Sophie Morgan qualified in the 100 butterfly. Her sister Caitlin Morgan qualified for the 100 breaststroke, and both sisters qualified in the 200 individual medley. Both the 200 Medley and 200 freestyle relay teams qualified for the state meet with their times. 

It’s extraordinary to see two sisters competing with each other at such a high level, but the Morgans do it at every meet. Caitlin Morgan said, “I love sharing a lane with [Sophie], making TikToks, to fake fights. She is my biggest competition and is always pushing me to do better. We always had each other’s backs, no matter what was going on.

The Reds swim and dive state qualifiers took on the state meet on Feb. 10 and 11 in Thornton.