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DANVILLE As most freshmen spend their days doing homework and attempting to fit in throughout a high school made up entirely of upperclassmen, Danville’s Zoe Zola is busy in the pool with her teammates.
Regardless of grade, Zola has shown an uncanny ability to stay with the old, strong swimmers. So much so, that she picked up the Ironmen’s first individual race win as they took on a depleted Mount Carmel squad on Senior Night.
Zola, who won the 200 free with a time of 2:16.43, was the first of many individual swimmers to earn a first placefinish for Danville, which swept its meet with Mount Carmel.
“That clock is their biggest competition,” Danville coach Madison Ernest said. “Going into this meet we wanted to drop time and get more individuals qualified for districts and we were able to do that. They all accomplished that on both sides.”
On a night that belonged to the seniors, a freshman stood out in the pool as she swam another clean meet to help her team stay viable as the Ironmen prepare for a dual meet against rival Central Columbia next week.
“I feels really great,” Zola said of the winning the 200 free. “I’m very thankful for my teammate Leah (Tessarvich) for pushing me. We tried to race each other to try and get that win. It was very nice.”
Zola benefited from her teammates support on a day where there wasn’t much competition. Mount Carmel, which only had about half the swimmers of Danville, struggled with numbers.
Thankfully for Zola, her teammates were there to help. Tessarvich and Zola were right next to each other through most of the 200 free. Zola was able to pull away a little at the end to edge Tessarvich 2:16.43 to 2:18.73.
“It’s very nice to have your teammates and the other team to push you to get better,” Zola said. “It’s a lot of fun. We have a very supportive team. It’s just really a fun time. I enjoy it a lot.”
As a team, Danville claimed the first eight top finishes before an all Danville diving portion of the meet gave the swimmers a break.
Vanessa Gill, who’s only competition was herself, posted a final score of 119.95. For the boy’s, Luke Stine, who also won the 200 free, captured the top spot in diving with an overall score of 159.60. Spencer Snowden (147.15) and Seth Lynn (124.50) rounded out the top three of the event.
Dylan Smith was another Danville senior who got the most out of the event. He set a personal best in the backstroke as he finished first with a time of 1:07.72. Smith also swam as part of the 200 medley relay, the 50 free, and the 400 free relay.
“All the team support right off the bat felt really nice and motivational,” Smith said.
Smith might have had a little extra support in the water as his best friend and teammate Eli Anderson was in the lane right next to him.
“Having my best friend swim next to me was nice,” Smith said. “It made it an actual race. It was a great ending to the home meets with senior night. We all support each other in and out of swimming.”
Smith opened the 200 medley relay and Anderson was right behind him for the second leg as Danville won the event with a time of 2:07.51.
Jonathan Derr, who also helped out on the relays, missed the district time in the 100 Free. He finished second with a time of 1:01.82. The disappointment didn’t last long though as Derr opened the 400 free relay and qualified with his opening time. It also helped the Danville boys close out the event with a win.
For the early portions of the meet, Danville’s group of Tessarvich, Abby Ferguson, Julia Resele, and Juliana Deihl won the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:07.50. They edged the middle group of Elizabeth Bason, Leena Wardeh, Kaylee Kane, and Tylor Rhodes, who posted a time of 2:12.65.