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26 I SPORTS I March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Franki Petrosino sets school records as high school swim career ends By WARREN MAYES $25 Off Purchases Over $125 $50 Off Purchases Over $250 $100 Off Purchases Over $500 *ON REGULAR PRICED APPAREL SALE ENDS 3/25/18 “Spring Forward” in Style 3174 S. BRENTWOOD BLVD. ST. LOUIS, MO 63119 314-647-8054 Minutes from the Galleria Mall, I-64 and the Inner Belt at Brentwood Blvd, and a short hop from I-44 and the Elm Street exit. WWW.PROAMGOLFUSA.COM 64 Manchester Rd. Elm St. 44 Franceksa “Franki” Petrosino capped off her Lafayette swimming career with her best performance ever. She won two individual events and set school records in winning the 100 and 200 freestyle races at the 43rd annual Missouri State Swimming and Diving Championships held at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Petrosino swam the opening leg of the winning 400-free relay team. The Kansas-bound Petrosino also was a member of the second-place 200-free relay team in the Class 2 state meet. Her time in the first leg of the 200-free relay was an eyepopping 24.01 opening split. The senior also made noise at state as a freshman with a pair of third-place individual finishes. Lafayette coach Todd Gabel said Petrosino definitely wanted to have a good last season. “She trained really well in the pool,” Gabel said. But Petrosino said her training really was no different than from her first three years. “I was just as dedicated as I normally am for high school swim season,” Petrosino said. “I have always put in a lot of work in and outside of the pool. I have been training outside of swimming since I was about 12 years old at Fitzmaurice Performance and they have always been there for me and have helped aid in my success in the pool.” Petrosino recorded career-best and Lafayette-best times in winning the 200-yard freestyle [1 minute, 50.37 seconds] and the 100 free [50.82]. Her performances helped Lafayette earn 235 points. “It is always good to place in the top at state. We have all worked so hard throughout the season, so it was a good result,” Petrosino said. Petrosino’s previous personal-best time was 51.86 in the 100-yard freestyle, achieved at the Speedo Sectionals on March 12, 2017. Gabel said he definitely thought Petrosino would break the school’s records and he has high hopes for her college endeavors. “In college, I think the 200 and 500 will be her focus. She’s good at everything. Every event I ever put her in she would do well in any of them,” Gabel said. “She went out really fast in the 100 free and then, held on really well. She felt the race as she went.” Gabel said he thinks “the 200 is a better event for her just because it’s a little bit longer and she gets up and goes for that race.” Seeing her name put on the school’s leaderboard is a nice reward. Franki Petrosino “I always considered the school records as a goal for me because that would mean I was just as good as the people who had them before me, and I looked up to those swimmers so it was kind of an honor to get them,” Petrosino said. Swimming the 100 free against Parkway South’s Kirsten Votava was a fun race for Petrosino. “Since it was my senior year, I really wanted to just have fun with it,” Petrosino said. “I love racing Kirsten Votava because she is a great competitor so I was excited.” In the 200 free, she edged out Park Hill South’s Paige Reikhof, her future teammate and college roommate. “The 400-free relay is always my favorite during high school season because it is the final race and it’s very exciting,” Petrosino said. “I swam first in the relay and went a 51.20. This relay has always been very strong because we have so many fast freestylers.” The other Lancers on the relay team were junior Cate Behl, senior Delaney Thomas and sophomore Claire Vanbiljon. “We all tried our best and we all were happy with how we did,” Petrosino said. “As long as we try our hardest, we can’t ask for anything different.” The memory of her final state meet will stay with her, she said. “This meet will always have a special place in my heart,” Petrosino said. “Todd was my first coach when I first moved to Missouri when I was 11 years old, so being able to have him as a coach in my high school years has really been something special.” Her overall career finds her with 16 state medals. “My high school career has been amazing,” Petrosino said. “I have made so many friends and wonderful memories and that is what high school swimming is all about.”
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