Women’s swim went to State for the second year in a row and finished third overall, scoring 188 points, the highest score ever from WGHS.
Last year, the team got seventh overall, scoring a total of 130.5 points. This year, Coach Dan Broshears set a higher goal.
“We should be in the top four,” Broshears said.
The team had a strong season prior to State as well. It finished with a 9-1 record in duels and earned medals in a number of tournaments.
“We did pretty well,” Broshears said.
The team also won Districts for the first time on Feb. 1.
Sophomore Madeleine Collier noted the improvement that the team has made.
“We’re doing a lot better,” Collier said about the progress the team has made this year.
Collier also talked about how the team has grown. The team gained a number of freshmen this year, and the skill level among all swimmers has increased. Freshman Lilijana Gregov got eighth in the 100-yard freestyle.
“I’d like to medal in State,” Collier said about her personal goals. Collier got eighth place in the 100-yard backstroke. She, along with her team of freshman Chloe Hagemann, junior Parker Hagemann and Gregov got third place in the 200-yard medley relay.
In addition, the two other relay teams both received third place. The 200-yard freestyle relay team included junior Elisabeth Ragan, freshman Elizabeth Seitz, Gregov, and senior Kendra Howard. The 400-yard freestyle relay team included Ragan, Howard, Seitz and Parker Hagemann.
In the individual races, Howard got eighth in the 200-yard individual medley, Parker Hagemann got fifth in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle, and Gregov got eighth in the 100-yard freestyle.
Collier elaborated about what a great experience State was. She felt State allows fellow team members to come closer together and bond with each other.
“It was wonderful,” senior Skyler Jones said about Districts last year.
The team has also fostered a close-knit community among the swimmers.
“I feel that we’re all very close,” Collier said.
“It’s super duper supportive,” Jones agreed. “We all know each other’s names.”
Jones also talked about how important it is to be a member of a team, and how those members build everyone up.
“Even if you’re not good, you get a chance to be a part of a team,” Jones said.
The women’s swim team went into State strong. Team members were hoping for a big win.
“Hopefully, we get a top three finish,” Jones said before the team achieved that goal.
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