By Alyssa Lyons
On Saturday, February 15, five members of the Seton Varsity Swim Team competed in the 2014 Division 1 Southwest District meet at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The Aqua Saints participated in team events such as the 200 Yard Medley Relay, the 200 Yard Free Relay and the 400 Yard Free Relay. Senior Kelley Kraemer swam individually in the 100 Yard Fly and 100 Yard Breaststroke to finish her Seton swimming career. Senior Lindsey Niehaus competed individually, breaking previous Seton records in the 50 Yard Free and the 100 Yard Back.
The 200 Yard Medley Relay was the first event for the Saints. Niehaus started the relay with backstroke, finishing with a time of 27.01. Senior Kelley Kraemer swam breast next, passing the 100 yard marker with a 31.67. Sophomore Jessica Hayhow swam fly-finishing with a time of 28.88, paving the way for anchor freestyler, senior Maggie Freudiger. Freudiger ended the relay for the Saints at a time of 26.75. The relay finished with a time of 1:54.31, placing thirteenth overall.
Lindsey Niehaus started her individual events in the 50 Yard Free. Seeking a return to State, Niehaus finished with a time of 24.34. Not only did Niehaus end on the podium for a seventh place finish, she also broke the previous record set by former teammate Emily Hayhow ’13. Hayhow said, “It was amazing watching Lindsey break my record, I am so happy that all her hard work paid off.” Niehaus has officially qualified eighteenth overall for State in the 50 Yard Free. Next, Kelley Kraemer had her debut 100 Yard Fly individual event. Kraemer finished with a time of 1:00.97, dropping 0.49 seconds from her previous swim at Sectionals. Kraemer placed twenty-seventh.
The 200 Yard Free Relay was the next team event. Kraemer started the relay off with a time of 26.99. Hayhow carried Kraemer’s lead with a split of 25.91. Sophomore Allie Bihl had her districts debut with a time of 26.93, Freudiger finished the relay with a time of 26.67. The relay team ended with a time of 1:46.50 dropping 0.40 seconds, placing twenty third.
Niehaus had an eye on State once again when she swam in her 100 Yard Backstroke individual event. With a final time of 57.42, Niehaus ended on the podium in seventh place. Dropping 1.07 seconds off her sectional time, Niehaus also broke the 20 year old Seton record set at 58.13 by Christie Rieskamp in 1994. Niehaus qualified eighteenth overall for her seed in Canton. Finishing her individual career in 100 Yard Breaststroke, Kelley Kraemer finished with a time of 1:09.73. Kraemer dropped 1.01 seconds from her former time of 1:10.74. Finishing overall seventeenth at districts, Kraemer said, “This was a great end to my season, I couldn’t have asked for a better end to my senior year.”
Last up for the team was the 400 Yard Free Relay. Niehaus stated off for the Saints, finishing with a time of 54.24. Hayhow finished with a time of 57.40, Bihl finished third at a time of 1:00.59. Freudiger had her final swim for the Saints, anchoring at a time of 57.98. Freudiger said, “We swam as hard as we could, I am so glad I was able to have this experience my senior season.” The relay team finished with a final time of 3:50.21, placing sixteenth.
Congratulations to seniors Kelley Kraemer and Maggie Freudiger who finished their last meet with lifetime best times. On Friday, February 21, Senior Lindsey Niehaus will travel to Canton, Ohio to compete for State. We wish her all the best!