Anneke Esposito might be short in stature, but the Pontiac Township High School diver now stands tallest among those who have participated in her main event for the Indians.
Esposito ripped six dives for a total of 173.35 points to win the diving event and establish a new Pontiac standard. Head coach Tara Hansen offered her congratulations after the meet.
Unfortunately for the Indians, that was the bright moment in the dual meet against Kankakee. Pontiac managed just one other first-place finish and fell to the Kays by a 111-65 count.
That second first-place finish was the 200-meter freestyle relay. Emma DeWald, Emma Nelson, Julia Trembley and Hannah Grove combined to take the race in 2 minutes, 13.53 seconds.
Depth was the big factor as Kankakee typically sent three competitors for each event, and winning 10 events and placing first and second or first and third times. There was also one second and third, which was in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Indians opened the meet with a second-place finish in the medley relay as the foursome of Ava Nollen, DeWald, Nelson and Grove had a time of 2:30.09.
Nollen came in second in the individual medley at 2:50.77. Grove followed with a runnerup placement in the 50 free at 32.14 seconds and Nelson was second in the butterfly at 1:23.56. Mary Hilt took second in the breaststroke with a mark of 1:31.57. DeWald took third in the event.
Pontiac’s final second-place points came in the 400 freestyle relay. Trembley, Nelson, Mies and Nollen copped a time of 5:02.28.
Scoring third-place points were Trembley in the 200 free and the 400 free and Nollen in the backstroke.