VIDEO: Warriors Represent at State Swimming and Diving Meet
Alexis Melchorrie takes 8th in the 50-yard freestyle while Erin Purdy finishes 3rd on the diving board
Two Deerfield Warriors made it out of Friday’s prelims and into the state finals. One finished the way she wanted. The other felt she could have done better. But both walked away with medals.
Junior Alexis Melchorrie, who qualified for state in two individual events and one relay, swam her best time of the season (24.42) in Friday’s prelims of the 50-yard freestyle. That was good enough to head into the finals in 9th place. On Saturday, she outdid herself, shaving .09 seconds off her time and finishing in 24.33 seconds. She moved up one spot to finish 8th in the state. “I’m really happy to still be dropping times,” Melchorrie said after the race. “Especially after sectionals, I thought that was going to be my best time.
"But yesterday when I dropped more time, it just got me more excited and more motivated. And then today was just all about having fun and getting loose. I was really surprised to see that I was still dropping times. So I’m very happy overall.”
As for junior diver Erin Purdy, she had high expectations after finishing 5th in last year’s diving competition. However, her preliminary round left her in 6th place heading into the finals on Saturday. Purdy was able to rebound from what she considered a sub-par performance. Three solid dives allowed her to jump up to 3rd place in the final standings. “I’ll definitely take 3rd place,” Purdy said. “It definitely wasn’t my best meet. It wasn’t the best I had done all year. But the fact that I was still able to hang in there and come back from what happened yesterday, and even with a couple off dives, still end up 3rd, that’s definitely alright with me.
“Erin had not really a rough day yesterday, but a day where she was just off,” Deerfield Diving Coach Doug Foerch said. “She only had one rip dive out of the eight that she did. Today she came back much better than that. Both of the first two dives we were very pleased with. The last dive we took a little chance by adding the pike dive to increase the difficulty. I don’t think it kept her from winning and it will definitely be there next year.”
Melchorrie will be looking to make her third state meet next year, while Purdy will look to make it back for the fourth time in four years.