South’s girl’s swim and dive team got third at State last year, and now has the potential to win. With a lineup of talents from freshman to senior, the team believes every state qualifier can make at least the top eight in finals.
Freshman Georgia Clark is making a splash, already ranked fourth in the 100 backstroke and fifth in 100 freestyle.
Clark said her biggest contribution was her enthusiasm for her fellow team-mates. She said, “I’m very loud, you can hear me from across the room!”
Over the course of their swimming career, the team has faced many challenges, leading to both positive and negative outcomes. Senior Tori Beeler made multiple state cuts her freshman year. However was saddened when she got eighth in one of her best events, the 200 I.M.
She said this made her want to accomplish greater things in the years to come, so she worked harder and won the event her sophomore year. This proves South’s determination to win. Both them and the school hope this attitude will carry into the State meet next week.
Coach Tim Busenhart also shares the girl’s mind-set on their swimming. He says if the girls do half of what he knows they’re capable of, the team should have an excellent state meet. When asked what obstacles the team faces this year, Busenhart said, “Seeing other teams bend the rules.”
Busenhart added that this is the best year ever in girl’s swim season, meaning it’s either now or never. After this season, South will lose seniors Anna Riekhof, Tori Beeler, Maryn Burns, and Maggie Hickey. Most of them are expected to make top eight, and without them winning state would be impossible.
“This year is our year,” Georgia Clark.
The state meet will be held this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19, and 20.