Five years after their team was formed, the Goshen High School girls swimming and diving team is the Orange County Division II League Champion.
This team of 25 swimmers is led by Coach Melissa Kubik, and the team captains, senior Korianne Moore and junior Maya Northrup, and supported by five-year team members, juniors Alex Barnes, Emma Melley, and Annie Shih. They finished their Division II season with a record of 10-0.
During the Oct. 10 hard-won meet against the Cornwall Dragons, four team members made the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Swimming and Diving Championship meet in two events: the 100-yard breaststroke, swum by Annie Shih, and the 200-yard medley relay, swum by Maya Northrup (50-yard backstroke), Annie Shih (50-yard breaststroke), Emma Melley (50-yard butterfly), and Alex Barnes (50-yard freestyle). Their qualifying time of 1:51.78 puts the team in 15th place of 18 New York State teams that have qualified for this event at this point in the competitive season.
Annie’s time of 1:07.72 in the 100-yard breaststroke ranks her 10th of 22 individual swimmers who have so far qualified for this event.
Coach Mel and swimmers A. Barnes, E. Melley, M. Northrup, and A. Shih, along with medley relay alternates, K. Moore and sophomore Marcy Barnhorst, will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., with all swimmers and divers from Section IX who have qualified to compete in the preliminary competition on Nov. 22 with the aim of advancing to the final round on Nov. 23.
Prior to the NYSPHSAA meet, swimmers Ilana Diaz (8th grade), Amanda Melley (freshman), M. Barnhorst, Grace Rocchio (sophomore), A. Barnes, E. Melley, K. Moore, M. Northrup, and A. Shih, will represent Goshen High School on Nov. 7 at the preliminary portion of the Section IX Girls Swimming and Diving Championship. The swimmers aim to reach the final round of competition on Nov. 9 and to attain NYSPHSAA qualification times.
The team will compete at the Division II Championship meet on Oct. 26 with the goal of being one of the top three teams and to attain NYSPHSAA qualification times.