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Lady LionFish blow State meet out of the water

This weekend from Friday February 13, to Saturday February 14, members of the Littleton High School girls swim team competed at the 4A state meet. 5 swimmers made it to state individually along with three relays. These relays included the 200 Medley Relay, the 400 Freestyle Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Nobody was able to make it back to finals in individual events. However, both the Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay qualified for Finals and competed for favorable placements at the state meet. The relay teams were able to accomplish this as the Medley Relay held onto 11th place and the 200 Freestyle Relay moved up a spot clinching 14th place.

“For me the best part was on Friday when I finished the medley relay and saw our time. We had a time that we knew we could swim if we all did our best and we went even faster than that. It bumped us into a good spot for finals that we were able to finish with on Saturday,” said senior Caroline Montgomery.

The swimmers were more successful as a whole than they had expected, which boosted morale, providing them with a unique opportunity. The times that came out of the preliminaries were huge in setting up the relays’ overall placements as they advanced to the finals.

“I feel the team did very well considering the pressures of the meet. We’ve never come back to finals before so I guess 4A gave us the chance to do that,” said junior Claire Tronrud.

Being a part of 4A and having a strong set of swimmers, has allowed for the Lady LionFish to excel this year and make it further in the state competition than ever before.

“There are always ways to improve, and obviously we want to get faster. We only had 8 people go to the state meet last year, and this year we had 13, so I hope next year that just as many people get to participate in it,” said senior Morgan Zueger.

Many of the swimmers believed that even with having the success that they did, there was room for improvement. One of the ways they believe is key for improvement would be getting stronger and in better shape, which would allow for the swimmers to get even faster.

“The team did well overall and I think we all dropped time in our individuals and relays. However, next year I think that we could work on conditioning more because so many people were close to making state and so I think we could get even more people to state next year,” said junior Hailey Egelhoff.

Being successful in the state meet however, was not the only thing that came out of the meet. The state meet also brought the team closer together as they were bonded by the circumstances and became even closer. The state meet was also important for the younger swimmers, as it provided a different perspective and some preparation for what the coming years of competition may look like.

“Going to state always makes us closer as a team because we spend so much time together and its good for some of the younger members to experience a big meet like state,” said Montgomery.

As the Lady LionFish end the season on a high note, the returning swimmers are excited to comeback next season even stronger, while the seniors are happy to have gotten the opportunity to be part of such a unique team.

Junior Abbey Vankooten in a relay

Junior Abbey Vankooten in a relay

Senior Megan Sanders swims the 100 yard butterfly

Senior Megan Sanders swims the 100 yard butterfly

Junior Abbey Vankooten walking to the starting blocks

Junior Abbey Vankooten walking to the starting blocks

Junior Claire Tronrud swimming the 100 yard breastroke

Junior Claire Tronrud swimming the 100 yard breastroke

Junior Claire Martin after her 100 yard butterfly

Junior Claire Martin after her 100 yard butterfly

Senior Morgan Zueger in the 200 freestyle relay

Senior Morgan Zueger in the 200 freestyle relay

Senior Caroline Montgomery preparing to swim the 50 yard Freestyle

Senior Caroline Montgomery preparing to swim the 50 yard Freestyle

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Senior Caroline Montgomery swimming in the 200 medley relay

Senior Megan Sanders and Junior Hailey Eggelhoff cheering on their relay

Senior Megan Sanders, Junior Hailey Eggelhoff and junior Claire Tronrud cheering on their relay

VMAC, the location of the 2015 4A state competition

VMAC, the location of the 2015 4A state competition

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