PLAINVILLE - Taylor DeMarest didnâ€™t really know her potential until after she swam the 500 freestyle Tuesday afternoon.
The distance swimmer cut six seconds off her best time to not only land her a first-place finish during the Bristol Easternâ€™s 101-85 loss to Plainville, but she qualified for her first ever Class L state meet.
â€śIt makes me feel really good because Iâ€™m only a freshman,â€ť DeMarest said. â€śIt makes me feel good knowing that my swimming is right on track and right where I want to be.
DeMarest swam in four events on Tuesday. She anchored the Lancersâ€™ first-place 200 freestyle relay team (2:06.38), claimed second in the 200 freestyle (2:14.98), took first in the 500 freestyle and lead of the second-place 400 freestyle relay team (4:13.85).
â€śShe is great at distance and very consistent,â€ť Bristol Eastern coach Alyson Phelan said. â€śSheâ€™s proven to be a very strong competitor as a freshman.â€ť
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