By Mark Gregory
While it may not have turned out the state champion it did last season, the Plainfield swim team had a successful showing last weekend at the IHSA state finals.
Plainfield was paced by freshman Jessica Davis who placed eight in the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 51.97 seconds and 15th in the 200 free in 1:53.39.
“The 100 Free that Jessica swam was the highlight of the meet,” said Plainfield coach George Sam. “After understandably being a bit nervous for her first state swim, she bounced back and had a solid swim to qualify 12th in prelims for the 100 free. Then on Saturday she just went out and enjoyed the moment and swam a lifetime best to move up and finish eighth place.”
Davis also competed in the 200 free relay as she teamed with Kali Franckowiak, Veronica Banas and Shaw Barney to place 15th in 1.37.85.
“This turned out to be one of our best relays ever finishing 15th and missing finals by .7 seconds,” Sam said. “Shaw Barney started her high school career leading this relay off at state and finished her high school career as the anchor in this relay.”
Davis and Franckowiak and Banas were joined by Kate Meunier to finish the 400 free relay in 3.34.56, good for 19th place.
In the 200 medley relay, Barney, Meunier, Kershner and Banas placed 23rd in 18.104.22.168
“This group swam really well at state and improved to 23rd overall,” Sam said. “With all the youth on this team all 3 relays have legitimate chances to return and score next year.”
Individually, Meunier finished 17th in 100 breaststroke and 30th in 200 IM.
“Kates 100 breast was one of the highlight swims of the day for us she improved from 34th a year ago to 17th this year,” Sam said. “The breaststroke was by far the most difficult event at state to advance in this season and she gave a great effort.”
Overall Sam was happy with the team’s performance and is looking forward to the future of the program.
“I am very proud of this group they have done a great job of doing what every team before them has done, which is to continually raise the bar for the team that follows next season,” Sam said. “We will miss our seniors and wish Shaw, Jackie [Pezan] and Molly [Gonzales] the best in college.”