The Fight to Districts
By Alyssa Lyons
On Saturday, February 8, the Seton Swim Team competed in the Division 1 Southwest Ohio Sectional Championship. Proving the power of Seton Swimming once again, the aqua saints made waves, and came out successful.
The meet began with the 200 Medley Relay, one of the teams fastest races, made up of three seniors (Lindsey Niehaus-Back, Kelley Kraemer-Breast, and Maggie Freudiger-Free) and one sophomore (Jessica Hayhow-Fly). The team finished fourth behind Walnut Hills with a time of 1:54.56, dropping a total time of 2.83 seconds off the team’s best.
It was no question that Senior Lindsey Niehaus would prove worthy to make it back to District Championship for her fourth and final year. Niehaus won her 50 Yard Free with a time of 24.72, dropping 0.16 off her best time. Niehaus did it again in her 100 Yard Back Stroke. She finished first with a time of 58.49, taking 1.11 seconds off her original time.
Senior stand out Kelley Kraemer was up for the competition and conquered, also qualifying individually in two events. Kraemer first event was the 100 Fly; she ended with a time of 1:01.46 shaving 2.89 seconds off her personal best. In another individual event, the 100 Yard Breast stroke, Kraemer finished seventh with a time of 1:10.74 dropping 1.65 seconds off her original time.
As well as qualifying individually, the saints also made it back to the district championship in the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay. The 200 Yard Free Relay team of Kraemer, Hayhow, Freudiger, and sophomore Allie Bihl finished seventh with a time of 1:46.90. Bihl said, “It was great to see our whole team behind us when we finished at the wall. Almost everyone on the team dropped time, especially in the relays!” The 400 Yard Free Relay finished sixth with a time of 3:56.47. This relay was made also up of Niehaus, Hayhow, Bihl and Freudiger.
The Southwest Ohio District Meet will be held on Saturday, February 15 at the Miami University Recreation Center.