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Girls Swimming & Diving

2023-24 Season Review

The Roncalli girls swimming & diving team knew they had a tougher road ahead of them when the season started. They were a young team and smaller team than last year, so knew they had a lot to learn. The team really came together throughout the season though, and the upperclassmen embraced the roles of teachers and worked with the new swimmers at practice regularly to help the team improve. Those newer swimmers ended up contributing in big ways throughout the season.

This season welcomed back a number of returning swimmers as well, including junior Elizabeth McCoy. She consistently did the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events, and she ended up scoring 440 points on the season…that is just 3.5 points shy of a school record, and the second best season all-time for Roncalli! Another breakout performance for the season came from junior Izabel Kuntz. She placed 5th at sectionals in the 500 freestyle, dropping over 13 seconds off her best time. Both Elizabeth and Izabel joined senior Samanatha Kilgus and freshman Mia Voris on the 400 freestyle relay that finished 5th at sectionals as well. Coach Curtis Cox R’07 says this about the season, “The most memorable moment for me this season was definitely sectionals as a whole. Last year we only had one individual swimmer in the top eight at sectionals, and this year we had three in the top eight. Our goal at the beginning of the season was to get all three relays into the top eight as well, and we achieved that goal with our lowest finish being seventh.” Additionally he adds, “Senior captain Sam Kilgus has also been working to achieve her individual goal. The last few years, she has ended up 17th place at sectionals, which is the worst finishing spot because they only take top 16 into finals. Her goal was to make it in the top 16, and she ended up making it in both of her individual events, ultimately finishing 13th in the 200 individual medley and 14th in the 100 breaststroke.”

The team finished the season 7-4, and the progress the group made was exciting for all involved! With that success came some recognition for the girls. Juniors Izabel Kuntz and Elizabeth McCoy were named All-Circle City Conference in their respective events, and senior Sam Kilgus was named Academic All-State. All three girls took home individual Roncalli recognitions as well. McCoy was named MVP of the season, Kuntz was presented the Mental Attitude Award and Kilgus earned the Leadership Award. Junior Claire Nettles joined them as a Roncalli award recipient by getting the Sportsmanship Award.