DANVILLE — No more duct tape and no more delays.
The Danville High swim team showed off its brand new timing system on Monday night with a dual meet victory over the Urbana Tigers 109-76.
“It really means a lot to our team,’’ said Danville junior Madeline Swiersz, who won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breast stroke events. “It’s helped the meets go fast and we are getting a more accurate time.
“It makes us feel really appreciated to have this new system.’’
On Monday, the dual with Urbana lasted just over 90 minutes. The new system was a gift from the Team Phoenix Aquatics.
“To have the community help out is very fortunate,’’ said Danville first-year head coach Marcie Burleson. “Last year, I think we had duct tape every where.’’
There was nothing slowing down the Vikings on Monday night.
Danville started the meet winning the first four events and the 200 medley relay team of Swiersz, Marissa Burleson, Grace Jackowski and Victoria Omark got things started right with a time of 2 minutes, 6.76 seconds, winning the event by nearly 19 seconds.
“We do a lot of bonding activities together and we are here, at the pool, twice a day,’’ said junior Marissa Burleson. “We work really well together, so our relays do better because of that.
“We tied this meet last year with Urbana, so it was important for everyone to get their best times today to win this meet.’’
Coach Burleson made sure on Sunday that her girls knew how important this meet with Urbana was going to be.
“I sent a text to all the girls on Sunday, to remind them to get a good rest, because we would need it,’’ she said.
And shaving hundredths of a second off their best times was another goal on Monday for the Danville swimmers.