Titans look to contend in 2020

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The Toll Gate girls swimming team won its season opener against Smithfield 57-24 prior to the holiday break and looks to win much more in the 2020 winter season.

The Lady Titans had a solid finish to last year, placing high in multiple events at the state championship meet at Brown University.

Toll Gate returns much of the same lineup, including standout swimmer Abigail Ignagni, who took fifth in the 50 freestyle and seventh in the 100 breaststroke last year at Brown.

Although the Titans return much of the same core from last season, they will now be led by new coach and former Warwick Vets coach Shana Willis this year, who takes over for former coach Michael Seidenberg who is on medical leave.

Willis hopes to see her athletes continue to better themselves throughout the course of the year.

“We just want to keep improving our times. Experience has been a big factor, it’s nice to have those returners here to teach the younger kids so they can continue to lead the program,” said Willis, who is excited to be back poolside. “I used to coach at Vets a while back and we never had the numbers that Toll Gate has had. So it is nice to have those numbers and to be able to fill slots in every event. I love it here, I’m excited to be back, it’s like I never left.”

Willis is confident in her new club and feels that it has the talent and depth to compete with anyone in the state.

“We definitely have a lot of talent coming back from last season. We have Sophie Amore and Elizabeth Byrnes as our captains, we also have Abby Ignagni, Brooke Menard, Lauren Manney and Grace Hamilton coming back as well.”

Here is a look at the results from the season opener against Smithfield:

Toll Gate’s relay team of Oce Lowe, Menard, Ignagni and Abby Ahlborg won the 200 medley, while Ignagni later won the 200 IM. Ahlborg took first in the 50 free, while Ignagni won the 100 fly.

Amore won the 100 free, while Lowe took first in the 500 free. Ahlborg, Menard, Amore, and Ignagni won the 200 free relay, while Lowe won the 100 back and Menard the 100 breast.

The Titans faced North Providence on Monday, but the results were not available at press time.

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