ST. JOSEPH — Bridgman defeated St. Joseph 115-71 in girls swimming on Sept. 30, but both teams accomplished some big goals at the meet.
Bridgman's Audrey Dixon set new school and pool records in the 100 freestyle, and both teams had swimmers succeed in their last chance to qualify for next week's Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association meet.
"We geared them up to make some MISCA cuts this week," St. Joseph coach Janet Beemer said. "We knew we weren't going to beat Bridgman. We had our own goals and we did it."
Coldwater also competed in the meet. Bridgman defeated the Cardinals 122-64, and St. Joseph picked up a 109-77 victory.
Dixon finished the 100 freestyle in 52.46, more than five seconds ahead of St. Joseph's Addie Straub, whose time of 57.62 was good enough to qualify for the MISCA meet.
The previous St. Joseph pool record of 52.80 had been held by Suzanne Toledo of Portage Northern since 1992. Toledo went on to become an All-American swimmer at Stanford.
"Audrey Dixon is just a superstar, breaking that 100 free record," Bridgman coach Emily Nannfeldt said. "She looked at that (school record) her freshman year, and she's a junior, so it's just going to hopefully keep coming down."
Dixon had a great meet throughout, starting with the opening event, the 200 medley relay. She swam the last leg as the Bees finished 1:57.00, less than a 10th of a second faster than St. Joseph's 1:57.06 time.
She also won a second individual event, the 500 freestyle, in 5:28.25.
Bridgman's Ada Klint finished second in the 100 butterfly at 1:04.65, qualifying for MISCA.
"She's been chasing after it for a while, and she got a (personal record) today," Nannfeldt said. "It was just really awesome to watch her swim."
Breanne Pratley wasn't far behind at 1:05.27, also hitting the MISCA mark. Madison Tyburczy qualified in the 100 breaststroke at 1:12.68, and Mia Wurster made it in the 100 backstroke (1:04.31).
Straub, Pratley, Tyburczy were also on two relay teams that qualified — the 200 medley, where they were joined by Wurster; and the 200 freestyle, where they swam with Emily Veine to a 1:48.03 time.
Though St. Joseph hasn't fared as well in Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference dual meets as in years past, Beemer likes the team's progress.
"The girls are doing well," Beemer said. "We're not as deep as we were last year, we've struggled a little bit, but we have a lot of girls out that are enjoying swimming and we have some girls that are competitive."
Bridgman has two close losses against Portage Central and Loy Norrix, but will see those teams again in the SMAC meet.
"We're top three and looking to make a good showing at the conference meet," Nannfeldt said. "They work hard and they're coming together as a team. I'm really proud of them."
Bridgman 115, St. Joseph 71
Bridgman 122, Coldwater 64
St. Joseph 109, Coldwater 77
200 medley relay — Bridgman (Leah Horvath, Eden Gray, Madylin Keigley, Audrey Dixon) 1:57.00; 200 freestyle — Maddix Roberts (B) 2:10.96; 200 IM — Madylin Keigley (B) 2:23.37; 50 freestyle — Addie Straub (SJ) 26.16; diving — Dani Morrill (B) 190.10; 100 butterfly — Jillian McKinley (C) 59.18; 100 freestyle — Audrey Dixon (B) 52.46; 500 freestyle — Audrey Dixon (B) 5:28.25; 200 free relay — Coldwater 1:46.10; 100 backstroke — Madylin Keigley (B) 1:03.89; 100 breaststroke — Jillian McKinley (C) 1:10.62; 400 free relay — Bridgman (Natalia Beran, Ada Klint, Alyvia Baker, Maddix Roberts) 4:09.95.