The women have done it again! The Lady Devils have captured back-to-back Bay Valley Conference titles. This gives the Lady Devils their third conference championship in the past four years.
The Lady Devils scored 1,580 over conference runner-up Solano’s 1,119 to win yet again. The Lady Swimmers won conference titles in 11 events, as well as capturing titles in the 3 and 1 meter diving.
Some of the highlights from this season include a 6-1 duel meet record. The Devils only loss came at the hands of State Champion Santa Rosa JC. The 6-1 record makes the Lady Devils 42-8 over the last eight years! Also adding to the highlights were to Merced College records (Brittany Wilson 100 freestyle, and Kailey Carter 50 breaststroke).
Freshman Kailey Carter captured conference titles in the 50 & 100 yard Breaststroke, and 100 I.M. She also qualified for the State Championships in the I.M., and Fly. Freshman Brittany Wilson who also won titles in both the 100 & 200 Freestyle qualified for the State Meet.
Other conference winners were Sophomore Theresa Johnston who won the 200 I.M. And qualified for the State Meet in both the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays. Kristelle Choquette qualified for the State in both relays. Sophomore Diver Katie Copenhagen won both the 1 and 3 meter conference titles and finished her career by placing third in the 3 meter and seventh in the 1 meter State Championships. She was named to the Community College All-American Diving Teams in both events. Freshman Morgan Penner also placed at the State Meet.
Other outstanding efforts were made live time best times achieved by: Gabby Bettencourt, Kristelle Choquette, Brittany Smith, Hannah Dore, Summer Azevedo, Kat Brigham, Jessica Zehrung, Brittany Wilson, Liz Dietz, Sara McIntosh, Jayme Westbrook, Alexas Deatherage, and Brittany Jenkins.
"A great team effort by everyone on the team. Best times at the end of the year makes a championship team. Boy did we do that this year! Great Job!", said Coach Halpin and Miller.
THE TRADITION CONTINUES!
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2009 Women’s Bay Valley Conference Championship Results:
Place / College / Points
1ST Merced College 1560 pts.
2nd Solano College 1119 pts.
3rd Shasta College 1060 pts.
4th Laney College 751 pts.
5th C.O.S. 664 pts.
6th College of Marin 575 pts.