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Baylor Swimming and Diving Defeats GPS and McCallie
Katy Waddell

On Thursday night, the Aqua Red Raiders took on the McCallie Blue Tornado and GPS Bruisers. The Baylor swimmers defeated their rivals in an outstanding performance from both the girls and the boys. The girls dominated the Bruisers, capturing a 206-102 victory while the boys beat the Blue Tornado 161-148.

For the girls, Jewel Gordon and Addison Smith each won two events. Gordon took first for the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.26 and the 50 freestyle with a 23.49. Princeton-bound Smith won the 100 butterfly in 54.78 and the 200 individual medley with an impressive time of 2:02.46. Other notable performances include the first place wins for Callie West in the 200 freestyle, Heidi Dierig in the 500 freestyle, and Ellie Waldrep in the 100 freestyle. Along with the strong individual swims, the girls romped the Bruisers in all three relays, setting a Baylor pool record and earning an All-American qualifying time of 1:42.67 in the 200 medley relay; they also set a Baylor pool record in the 200 freestyle relay.

The boys had a closer battle with the Blue Tornado marked by strong performances from Jack Kirby, Alex Borisov, and Will Tippett. Seniors Kirby and Borisov each won two events; Kirby won the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.85 and the 50 freestyle in 21.12, and Borisov took the 200 individual medley with a 1:55.54 and the 100 butterfly in 52.05. The boys also defeated the Blue Tornado in two of the three relays, the 200 freestyle and the 200 medley.

The Baylor divers, both girls and boys, also had a formidable showing at the meet. For the girls, Haley Rice earned first place with an overall score of 204.15, followed by a close second place finish for Baylor senior Olivia Bettis, ending with a total score of 183.25. For the boys, senior Michael Gullage came in second with a final score of 148.05. Mac Jett, in his first diving meet, finished fourth with 113.50 points.

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