Gardner High School Swim Team Wins 16th State Championship!

Gardner High School's Swim Team won their 16th State Division I Championship Title on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at Harvard University's Blodgett Pool.  Only seven swimmers competed for the title and they went into the meet not favored to win.  However, before the meet began Coach Don Lemieux inspired the girls to believe in themselves and they embraced the challenge!  Their final score was 207 points with defending state champion Lincoln-Sudbury finishing in second place with a score of 139.5.

The team was comprised of:  Captains Jane Ehret (GMSC swim team member) and Venessa L'Heureux, Caitlin Reilly, Katie Cornetta, Taylor Strachan (GMSC swim team member), Sarah Robertson (GMSC swim team member) and Gabby Surrette.  

The girls' motto going into the meet was "race with a vengeance" and they did exactly that.  Every member had life time best in all of their swims.  Jane Ehret captured 1st in the 200 yard individual medley, 3rd in the 100 butterfly, 1st in the 200 medley relay, and 1st in the 400 freestyle relay.  Taylor Strachan placed 1st in the 100 yard butterfly and became the first freshman from Gardner High School to make All American with a time of 56.29 and almost broke the meet record of 56.07 set by former GHS and GMSC swimmer Erica Meissner in 2006.  In addition, Taylor took 1st in the 200 medley relay, 1st in the 400 freestyle relay and 4th in the 100 breaststroke.  Sarah Robertson placed 5th in the 500 freestyle, 4th in the 200 individual medley, 1st in the 200 medley relay, and 5th in the 200 freestyle relay. 

Congratulations to the Gardner High School swim team for making Gardner proud!