Girls swim places first at Turner meet

Swim team honors its seniors during senior night on Thursday, April 26

Abby Layton, JagWire A&E editor

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The girls swim team competed against 11 other schools at Turner High School on Wednesday, April 26. The girls won the meet by 226 points, with the Bishop Miege Stags coming in second with 334 points.

This was also senior night for the girls swim team, so the underclassmen and coaches honored the seniors with a signed kickboard.

According to coach Kirsten Crandall, this meet was different from the others earlier in the season because it was the last meet that swimmers could qualify for state.

“As far as nerves I think anytime that it is the last regular meet of the season it’s an anxiety situation because for so many girls it’s their last chance to qualify or get a consideration time,” Crandall said. “I think anytime we know it’s a heavily weighted meet, there’s a little bit of nerves there.”

On a personal achievement level, junior Celia Kistner was nervous for the meet because of the multiple goals she had set for herself and her teammates.

“[I was nervous about] our 200-meter freestyle relay, because we got second at state last year, so we had really high expectations for ourselves,” Kistner said. “I was [also] .06 seconds away from qualifying in the 100-meter fly, and so I was really nervous because I wasn’t sure if I was going to qualify or not for state.”

For the seniors, the meet was a special one regardless of state consideration. According to senior Bailey Wagoner, she was looking forward to this meet, and enjoyed being honored with the other seniors.

“I’ve been really excited for this night, so it was fun to be with my friends and have everyone there,” Wagoner said.

Crandall had high hopes for the team, but was unsure of their chances until the meet began.

“We came into today with the hopes of being able to win this meet,” Crandall said. “Sometimes it’s hard to know what our chances are with that until we see the heat sheet, so as soon as we saw that, we knew that we were going to have to fight for it, but that we could [win].”

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