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East girls the team to beat in City League swim meet

A third straight unbeaten City League record has the East girls swim team the favorite to win tonight’s league meet at Northwest.

And once again, it’s because of East’s depth.

“We have four in each event who can score points,” East coach Joe Hutchinson said. “… In a meet like this, it’s about picking up those little points.”

The little points are those earned for taking third or fourth place. Winning each event is not necessary.

“The rest of us have two or three who can place in events,” North coach Megan VonFange said. “They just have amazing depth and scoring depth. They have girls who can be competitive and score.”

What’s a little different this season, though, is East has more swimmers who could win events.

Kate Spitz has the top seed time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 12.38 seconds), while Olivia Tran has the second-best time in the 100 butterfly, behind Bishop Carroll’s Madison Hutchison. East’s Madelyn Ong and Dina Vu have the third and fourth-best times.

Tran and Ong are also in the top four of the 100 breaststroke, while Samantha King has the second-best time in the 500 freestyle.

“We are where we have been with the amount of depth, but we have more of that top talent that can finish higher,” Hutchinson said.

North’s Abbey Lassley has the top time in the 50 free (25.08) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.16), while teammate Kelly Smith has the top time in the 500 free.

Southeast’s Emily Chesser has the top time in the 200 free (1:59.81) and the 100 free (56.43). Northwest’s Julia Blasdel has the 200 individual medley’s top time (2:10.0).