By Emily Gramke
Seton swim team ended the season on a positive note, advancing four swimmers to state. With their coach, Terri Smith (Betz), being awarded GGCL coach of the year, it is safe to say the swim team made Seton High School’s 2012-13 season one to remember
The team was made up of five freshmen, three sophomores, eight juniors and five seniors. Like most sports team, Seton’s swim team comes up with goals in the beginning of each season. These included winning Best of the West, qualifying to Districts, qualifying to state and personally improving times individually. Head coach Betz states, “We accomplished all of those goals.”
Winning Best of the West was just the start to all their success. “It’s always so much fun competing against our rivals and it’s even more fun when we beat them,” states senior Emily Hayhow. The swim team has won Best of the West the past four years.
This year Seton went into Sectionals strong coming out with seven swimmers advancing to Districts. Seniors Emily Sedler, Ali Moehring, Emily Hayhow, and Mo Carolin, and juniors Lindsey Niehaus, Kelley Kraemer, along with freshman Jessica Hayhow went to Districts. The Saints performed well at the District meet with four of the seven swimmers qualifying to state in relays and individual events.
“In my 15 years coaching, we haven’t advanced that many events to state so that was one of the many highs. It was a very fun and successful trip to Canton!” states Coach Betz. Advancing seniors Ali Moehring and Emily Hayhow along with juniors Kelley Kraemer and Lindsey Niehaus together swam the medley relay; they qualified 20th for the prelims at state and finished 19th. Individually, junior Lindsey Niehaus qualified for 100 back and placed 20th in prelims and finished 17th for state. Senior Emily Hayhow qualified 15th in the 50 free and finished 17th at the state meet. Hayhow also qualified 10th in 100 fly and finished 13th at state. “It was a big accomplishment for me qualifying for three events. Our whole team worked hard all year and it was great to see the work paid off,” comments Hayhow.
With this amazing season under their belt, it was bound that some records were broken. Hayhow broke her own 100 yard butterfly record with a time of 57.00 and also broke the 50 yard free record with a 24.38.
After such an amazing season, it’s only fitting that Seton’s swim teams’ head coach, Terri Smith (Betz) was awarded GGCL coach of the year. This is an amazing accomplishment won by only coaches who truly care about their team. With such a modest attitude, Betz comments, “I honestly give the credit to the girls on this one. They are the ones getting noticed – I just happen to have the privilege of being their coach. I was very proud especially in a league like the GGCL.”
Senior Ali Moehring adds, “She’s a great coach; she pushes us to be the best we can be. We are all really proud of her, it’s a big deal and she definitely deserved this award.”
Coach Betz ends with, “To my seniors, I will miss you all! Make sure you stay the happy, talented, amazing young ladies you are and continue to make me proud in whatever path you choose! To everyone else, start to prepare for next year!”