In its first year, the Watertown girls swim team will be competing at the MIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend.
WHS has combined with the existing Arlington team to create a co-op team and the Arlington-Watertown squad has had some successes. Last weekend, the team competed in the North Section Meet at MIT and scored 40 points and placed 15th overall.
“This is a huge improvement over last year’s team that finished 20th,” said head coach Adlar Su.
Freshman Lily Barker, who is from Arlington, placed third in the 500 free with a time of 5:22.37 and ninth in the 100 free with a time of 51.55.
Arlington-Watertown’s 200 free relay swam a 1:52.01, finished 12th and qualified for the State Meet. The team was made up of senior Li Ping Titterington of Watertown, freshman Liana Rice of Watertown, junior Jasmine Moayedzadeh Rad of Arlington, and Barker.
The 200 Medley Relay of Barker, freshman Niamh Murphy of Watertown, Titterington and Moayedzadeh Rad finished in a time of 2:10.14 and placed 14th.
The 400 free relay finished 17th. The team is made up of Moayedzadeh Rad, junior Julianna McCabe of Arlington, Rice and Titterington.
The Div. 1 State Meet will be held Sunday at WPI, and Arlington-Watertown will send three relay teams – 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free – to compete, and Barker will swim in the 200 free and 500 free.
The Arlington-Watertown swimmers heading to States include four from Watertown: Murphy, senior Katherine Nilov, Rice and Titterington.