A total of 8 teams competed in the Mid State Conference on January 3rd and January 5th at the Mooresville High School Natatorium. The prelims occurred on January 3rd which set the seeding for the finals on January 5th. The Pioneer girls swam personal best times to make it to the finals and swam even faster during the finals. The girls team came in 5th place with a total of 221 points. This is the highest point total ever scored by the Mooresville Varsity at the Mid State Conference. The girls 200 Free Relay started the day with a strong 4th place finish with Isabelle Deverick, Arabella Short, Ayris Mitchell, and Cora Winegarden. In the anchor leg of this relay, Cora Winegarden swam faster than the school record in the 50 Free. Junior Emily Bombei represented the team in the 200 Free with a personal record after dropping time in the prelims. Ayris Mitchell dropped 2 seconds in the 200 Individual Medley. Freshman Cora Winegarden swam in a heat of all upperclassmen and made her presence known with a solid 8th place finish in the 50 Free. Sophomore Sydney Gercak swam a personal record in the 100 Fly. Cora Winegarden then once again swam in a heat with all upperclassmen and brought home the points for 7th place in the 100 Free. Freshman Morgan Pierson was the sole representative for the team in the 500 Free and swam just off her personal record. Sydney Gercak took 8th place in the 100 Breast earning the team more points in the A final.
The pioneer dive squad set a very positive tone heading into sectionals at the 2019 Mid-State conference championship meet. With Junior Sadie Mills taking the top spot in second place followed by Junior Kylie Strietelmeier in third place both going over 400 points with very impressive performances, and Freshman Kayla Gott stepping up coming in at 6th place with a personal best. We are looking forward to showing up at sectionals in a similar fashion. Hard work and smart work pays off! We are getting better every day!