Mercer pool was full of cheers last night as the girls swim team raced against Dubuque Hempstead in their final event to determine the winner of the meet. City was ahead by one point as the last event, the 400 free relay started. Hempstead’s team was 40 members larger than City High’s 16 girls.
“We were just surprised that we even had a chance of winning,” Ava Vargason, member of the 400 free relay, ‘13 said. “Because their team was so big, it was great that we came so close.
As the last swimmer dived off the starting block, loud cheers from coaches, teammates, and fans filled the humid pool. Till the last 25 yards the race was close, but Hempstead finished with the win.
“Before the race our coach came up to us and told us how close we were to winning.” Vargason said. “It put pressure on us, but also gave us so much motivation to swim our hardest.”
City High ended up losing the meet by one point, but it was a “great second meet” Vargason said, for the Little Water Hawks.