Swim team bathes in success at States

Girls State Medley Relay
Girls’ State Medley Relay

BY DAKOTA SMITH (’15)

The boys’ and girls’ swim teams traveled to Canton last weekend to compete in the OHSAA Division-II State Finals, where the girls’ relay placed 4th and the boys’, sadly, were disqualified, finishing 24th. Several swimmers placed individually as well.

Sarah Martin made it back to finals in the 200 freestyle, placing 14th, and the 100 butterfly, placing 11th. Abby Stone made it back in the 200 IM, placing 2nd, and in the 100 backstroke, winning the event.

Timmy Spichiger made it back in the 200 freestyle, placing 8th, and the 500 freestyle, placing 9th. Grant Stahl made it back in the 200 IM, placing 11th, and the 100 butterfly, placing 12th.

“It felt good. I felt like an eagle and I was watching over everyone as if I were flying around majestically,” said senior Timmy Spichiger.

“I was able to represent my school that I love so much. It really was an all-around great experience,” Spichiger added.

The boys’ medley relay was composed of seniors Grant Stahl and Timmy Spichiger and juniors Rowan Moore and Colin McDermott

“It was fun, first off, and it felt really good to be swimming in front of so many cheering fans and teammates,” said Stahl, “they were really what helped me perform.”

Many were surprised that the girls’ medley relay placed, especially since they were not as fast as they’ve been in previous years. It included seniors Maggie McGonagle, Abby Stone, Paige Griesse and freshman Sarah Martin.

“I feel like we had a good dynamic, which really helped us improve throughout the season,” said McGonagle, regarding the girls’ relay, “placing 4th was unexpected, but I knew we had it in us. When we finished, the fans were screaming, our parents were crying, and we were excited beyond belief. That’s something I’ll never forget.”

“Placing 4th was a great way to end Abby, Maggie, and I’s senior year, since we’ve been swimming together for almost 11 years,” said Griesse, “and it was also an awesome experience being on the podium, since we weren’t expecting to be there.”

In their first three years of swimming, at the high school level, this year’s five seniors had placed in the top 5 in the state every year, and have been swimming together for a very long time.

The boys’ and girls’ swim teams had outstanding seasons with great results at the state swim meet for the division II championship. They had great experiences and created bonds that will last forever, and are ready to head back to states again next season.