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Ladylionfish make a splash at state

This weekend from Friday February 12, to Saturday February 13, members of the Littleton High School girls swim team competed at the 4A state meet at the VMAC pool. The ladylion fish sent 7 swimmers in total to state with all but two swimmers competing in individual events. The relays included the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay.

Nobody was able to make it back to finals in individual events. However, both the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay qualified for Finals and competed again on Saturday for a high spot at the meet.

“It was super fun to come back for finals for my senior year,” said senior Hailey Egelhoff.

The Medley Relay team of senior Hailey Egelhoff, senior Claire Tronrud, and sophomores Lydia VanKooten and Reganne Fornstrom finished 15th with a time of 1:59.41 and the Freestyle Relay team of seniors Abbey VanKooten and Claire Tronrud, junior Anna Maestas and sophomore Lydia VanKooten also finished 15th in their event with a time of 1:54.34.

“I don’t like too much pressure, so my goal is always to focus on having fun and not being too nervous,” said junior Maestas.

The swimmers had a successful season overall, making their accomplishments at the state meet the cherry on top. This was the second year the girls had been involved in the 4A competition. The 4A competition allowed them to win almost every dual meet during the season and stand their ground at state, unlike years in the past. The girls also welcome coach Kelly Seavall who pushed the girls hard and also brought back a sense of family the team expressed missing last year.

“There was an overall friendly feeling between everyone and we all felt like a family. Each person seemed to have fun and we all pushed ourselves. And this has been my favorite season for myself by far, I really loved my lane and I like coach Sevall a lot,” said Maestas.

The girls will remember this season fondly as their teamwork and perseverance shined through in their triumph this weekend.

As the Lady LionFish end the season on a high note, the returning swimmers are excited to come back next season even stronger and the seniors are happy to have gotten the opportunity to be part of such an incredible team.

“It has been pretty bittersweet because it was a good way to end the season and my time swimming but it’s sad to say bye to it at the same time,” said Egelhoff.

Junior Emily Sanders and seniors Abbey VanKooten and Hailey Egelhoff pose after their races

Junior Emily Sanders and seniors Abbey VanKooten and Hailey Egelhoff pose after their races

Juniors Emily Sanders and Anna Maestas pose before their races

Juniors Emily Sanders and Anna Maestas pose before their races

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