PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. — Senior and captain Katie Duncalf was not sure what to expect as the Horace Greeley girls swimming team began its new season.
A large group of seniors graduated from last year's undefeated team. But Horace Greeley remains as one of Section 1’s elite teams as it defeated host Briarcliff/Pleasantville/Westlake/Valhalla, 99.5 to 73.5 in a meet Thursday at Pace University.
Kristina Barry led the way for Horace Greeley, now 3-0, by winning the 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle.
“Even though we graduated a group of great swimmers, we also gained a lot of great ones,” said Duncalf, referring to the freshmen class. “We feel that we have so much depth.
“We came into today’s meet wanting to do the best we can, drop our times and win races. We felt we did a pretty good job and we had a number of girls make sectional cuts.”
Duncalf, in her fourth varsity season, won the 100 butterfly and teamed with Rachel Hellman, Elizabeth Barry and Laura Li to win the opening event — the 200-medley relay.
Erica Silverman was victorious in the 200 individual medley, Li sprinted to win the 50 freestyle and Zoe Kerrich touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle.
Horace Greeley’s dominant performance followed a recent victory over Rye. It was the second consecutive year the Quakers beat the Garnets.
The Quakers would like a second undefeated season but are not looking that far ahead. Instead, they are focused on their meet against Croton/Hen Hud on Friday, Sept 28. The Quakers will return to practice with the same approach it follows daily.
“The girls bring a lot of energy to the pool, not only in meets but also in practice,” Duncalf said. “When everyone is happy, it lifts everyone’s spirits.”