Purple Tornado Swimming Starts Season With A Win Against Windsor
Published: September 11th, 2018
By: Meagan Schulz

NORWICH – Continuing to improve each season, the Norwich Girls Swimming and Diving team is expected to be amoung the top of their division.

After losing four seniors from a season ago, the Lady Tornado return the majority of their 2017 roster with a few additions that have moved up from the modfied season.

The Blaisure sisters, Maya and Katie, will continue their succeess in the pool from a year ago. The two have already earned five first places finishes after the teams first meet in Windsor; a meet in what the Purple Tornado brought home the 128-43 win.

Maya Blaisure won both the 500 yard freestyle event as well as the 50 yard freestyle for individual events raced. She joined sister Katie Blaisure, Melissa Stroh and Margie Winter for first place the 200 yard medly relay team. The four swimmers won with a time of 1:59.78.

In the same event, Norwich finished second with the team of Abi Natoli, Maddie Loeffler, Tanner old and Jasmine Potter. In fact, every win Friday night by the Tornado was followed with a second place finish while some events were first, second and third place finishes.

Norwich was able to capture a win every event in the meet except diving.

Another swimmer that will do big things for the Purple Tornado this season will be Margie Winter. Winter comes off a summer of traveling to one of the big events of her swim career, the 2018 Oceania Swimming Championships to be held in Port Moreby, Papua New Guinea.

Her preformance in those games, Winter was able to qualify for the Youth Olympics as a representative for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a country she holds dual citizenship in. Winter also qualified for the FINA World Championships. Both of those events will see some of the top competition in the country, including those who have or will be qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Winter worked hard during the offseason to prepare fo the Oceania Swimming Championships and that has carried over into the school season. She finished first in all events she swam in on Friday including the 100 yard butterfly, an event that she used to qualify for the upcoming international events.

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