By: Sarah Niezgodzki
The 2018 swim season is coming to a close and it’s ending with a big splash. The Swim team is taking 2 individual swimmers and a girls 400 free relay to the AIA State meet this year at Skyline Aquatic Center on November 2nd and 3rd.
This is the first time in 4 years that the swim team is taking a relay to state and the whole team is proud of this accomplishment. The lineup for this relay is packed with amazing swimmers, the team will be taking Sarah Niezgodzki (Senior), Rachel Johnson (Senior), Sydnee Messerschmidt (Junior), Nadia Kostic (Sophomore), Naila Kostic (Freshman), and Raven Roberts (Freshman). The girls currently have a time of 3:58.
Senior, Rachel Johnson, is also swimming the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke. This is Rachel’s 4th and last year competing in the AIA state competition, she says that although it is her last high school state meet that “doesn’t change [her] mindset on the competition itself, it’s just like any other meet”. She feels as though this years swim season was different because she was able to be more independent in her swim choices, though she did mention that “the swim season was very successful” and was excited that the team is taking a relay to state.
Freshman, Raven Roberts, has two individual races of her own, she will be swimming the 50 free and the 100 free. This is her first year going to the state competition and although there are some nerves she says she “feels confident [she’ll] do well”. Overall, the swim season went well for her considering she made state as a freshman!
I had the opportunity to ask Coach Secor and Coach Shober about their feelings going into the state meet. Both of them shared a feeling of excitement going into this years competition, Coach Secor said her and Coach Shober were “excited to have a relay make it to the state competition; it has created more of a team feeling and brings legitimacy to the Girl’s Swim Program”.
Both coaches would like to see the individual swimmers beat the times they previously set and to see the girls relay move up in their rankings. Coach Shober said, about the swim season overall, that “there were a lot of hurdles to jump through. However, in the end, every swimmer improved their time, swam new events, and enjoyed the season.” Next season, both coaches hope to improve leadership roles and unite the team together to be more supportive of one another.
Now that the state competition has come and gone, the results are in. The 400 free relay was seeded 22nd going into the competition and improved their standing, moving to 19th overall. Rachel Johnson made A finals for both the 200 IM and 100 back. She finished 7th in the 200 IM and 8th in the backstroke. Raven Roberts made A finals for the 100 free and improved her 7th place ranking to 5th best in the state. She also competed in the 50 free and finished 11th overall! It was a great way to end the season, and the swimmers look forward to the next season.