Girls swim and dive goes to states and puts up a fight


Rounding out the season with the state swim meet, the girls finished a successful season. The girls got 16th and showed that they deserved to be there. While it may not have been the ending they wanted, the girls are grateful that it was a successful season. 

At states, the girls showed that they are a top team in the state with a 16th place finish. Junior Sydney VanLente finished 14th in preliminaries in the 200-meter freestyle and 13th in the 100-meter fly. Jessica Doyel finished 19th in the 50-meter freestyle while Maggie Hier finished 21st in the same race. Jessica also finished 10th overall in the 100-meter breaststroke. Divers Olivia Thornley and Rachael Yeager both showed out as well, competing in the finals of the diving competition. Olivia finished 13th while Rachael finished 16th. 

In the last meet of many of the girls’ careers, the seniors are proud of all they accomplished and devastated that their careers have come to an end. While the end was bittersweet, the careers they had and the memories they created will not be forgotten. 

The team has gone through a lot this season and had to overcome many obstacles. While the team went through a lot, it not only made for an interesting season but also taught the girls valuable life lessons. 

“I am very proud of how far this team has come,” senior Jessica Doyel said. “No one would ever imagine how much we would be able to overcome and how strong we got from the obstacles.”