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Having Shelby Fortin on your team is luxury. A senior captain for the Weston girls swim team, Fortin is a multi-talented star who could excel in a myriad of events. She was on fire at State Open Nov. 21 at Yale University and her performance catapulted Weston into 10th place, which is the best finish for a Class S school, with 175 points.

"Overall, we had only five swimmers [and one diver] and it wasn't our focus, but considering that, we swam very well," said Fortin. "It was a tough meet to carry on and taper for because we tapered for finals."

The Lady Trojans moved up from last year's finish of 15th place (128 points) and were pleased with their performance.

"They did well, Shelby did very well," said Weston coach Tom Grace. "From start to finish, they kept going and never let up when they got into Opens."

Fortin grabbed second place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.90 seconds.

"After the 200, I just didn't place as high as I wanted to," admitted Fortin. "I just didn't want anyone to beat my time from States [she set a state record at Class S with a 50.74]."

She began the day by taking third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.01).

"Carrying out a taper in the 200 was a tough one, but it wasn't a bad time and I was happy with it," said Fortin.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Fortin led off with a 23.76 split and was followed by senior captain Danielle Fontaine, junior Karen Bottger and freshman Alex Edgar. The foursome took fifth (1:41.17) and broke the school record.

"It was my second to last race and it was sentimental," said Fortin. "I was kind of surprised by it."

Bottger said, "It was so exciting to break the school record."

Fortin, Fontaine, junior Victoria Arel and Bottger powered the 400-yard freestyle team to ninth place (3:42.80).

"We just wanted to end strong," said Fortin. "We weren't worried about the record. For Danielle and I, it was nice for us to finish with the team we swam with."

Arel said, "I was really happy we did well and came close to the record from last year."

In the 500-yard freestyle, Arel took 13th place (5:14.06) and Bottger was 24th (5:26.05).

"Although it wasn't my best time, I was happy with it because we had a short break between Class S [Nov. 18] and State Open," said Arel.

Bottger said, "I didn't swim my best but I was happy to make it to Open as an individual. The environment was fun to be there and I didn't expect anything too fast, but I had fun with it."

Senior captain Christina Brasco took 17th in diving (331.05).

"Everyone has a bad day," said Brasco. "It wasn't my best day and it's time to move on."

Overall, the Lady Trojans were pleased with the meet.

"I think we did really well," said Fontaine. "It was exciting breaking the school record in the 200-free relay and I'm happy we finished as high as we did."

Brasco said, "That's huge. We finished higher than any Class S team and we showed how much talent we really have."