The Aqua Cubs finished in third place at the 2022 ISL Conference Championships last Friday with several top-three performances and lifetime best swims.
This third place team finish marks the highest the Aqua Cubs have placed since 2011, when they won the meet. With a total score of 93 points, the Aqua Cubs narrowly edged Potomac by just nine points, and rallied past Madeira by 20 points.
Sophomore Clara Moschella was a standout swimmer at the meet, with three top-three finishes. Moschella earned bronze in the 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 100 butterfly (57.24) as well as a fourth place finish in the 200 IM (2:12.56). Her butterfly performance was just nine-tenths of a second off the current school record, and her split in the 400 freestyle relay (53.67) was the fastest split of any underclassmen at the meet.
Junior Inez Mcnichols earned a 7th place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:00.02), along with a 10th place showing in the 200 IM (2:19.16). Of the excitement leading up to the meet, Mcnichols said, “I was looking forward to ISLs because it was a bigger meet than any other we had gone to this season.” She cited the strong motivation of every individual swimmer as key to the team’s success.
Another strong swim came from senior Anna Cavanagh, who nabbed a 10th place finish in the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 1:15.41.
Head Coach Jason Tillotson is optimistic about the rest of the season following this strong showing at the conference championships. “We’ve really stepped up and performed tremendously amidst all the adversity we faced this year,” said Tillotson. “For most of winter break, we had limited access to formal training facilities, and now that we’re back in the pool and weight room consistently, we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come for these girls.”
The Aqua Cubs’ next showdown will be the Washington Metro Private School Swim & Dive League (WMPSSDL) Championships on February 5 at the University of Maryland.