Delavan-Darien High School’s Maggie Person swims the 500-yard freestyle during the sectional meet last Saturday. (Tom Ganser photo)

By Kevin Cunningham


Making it to state and competing against the best of the best is hard. Ask any Delavan-Darien High School student-athlete.

But to make state as a freshman is that much more difficult. Last Saturday, Comet Maggie Person accomplished that feat.

Person, a member of the Comets’ girls swimming team, competed in the 500-yard freestyle event at the sectional meet and finished with a time of 5:31.13. That time was good enough to place her fifth in the sectional.

To qualify for state, an individual has to either win her event at her respective sectional or be among the top 16 fastest times in the state. Person’s 5:31.13 not only earned her the final spot at state, but it beat out the next-best time by just two-hundredths of a second.

“That was an anxious time (waiting to find out if Person’s time was fast enough),” said Comets head coach Matt Palma. “Knowing the last two years and the cutoff times for that event, I knew this year was going to be a little bit faster than that. I knew it was going to be very, very close…”

Read more in the Nov. 8 Delavan Enterprise.

The state meet is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.



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