Women’s swim team finishes season 7-1

Natalie Johnson
Social Media Manager

Senior Isi Albers, junior Kendra Howard, freshman Madeleine Collier and senior Katherine Kempf bite their medals at the MSHAA State Swimming Championship on Feb. 17-18. Webster placed seventh out of 43. It’s been 10 years since the Stateswomen have placed in the top 10 at State.

Women’s swim dominated every meet but one with a minimum advantage of 34 points.

The team of 52 girls dedicated at least 10 hours to practicing each week, Varsity and JV girls alike.

Led by head coach Dan Broshears, the team started the season with a home meet at Webster University against Parkway North High School, leading the season with its lowest advantage.

Team manager Tobey Nelson said, “It was interesting because as we grew closer as a team, we began to perform better.”

This was senor Isi Albers’ final year swimming at WGHS, and she described it as “bittersweet.” Albers said it was a successful season in part because the team “feels more like a family than a team.”

Albers also credited Broshears. “B is great… he wants everyone to succeed,” Albers said.Broshears described the season as “better than most.” He’s proud of the work his team put into the season.

Junior Kendra Howard said this season the swimmers were “more whole as a team. There was a lot of positivity… everyone was bringing each other up.”

The team placed second in conference and third in the Nancy Brandt Invitational.

Broshears predicted the team would do well at the MSHSAA State meet hoping it would place within the top 10, and it did.

Howard thought State this year was different because the class changed, so it “was a lot more competitive.”

Achieving seventh place, this was the first time the team placed in the top 10 in 10 years after placing fourth in 2007.

Last year’s team placed 27th.

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