Swimming finishes strong at state


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Campbell swam for both relays last weekend in her first trip to the state meet. She hopes to make a return next year as part of all three relays. “I am extremely happy with how we did this year, and I hope that we can do it again next year,” Campbell said.

Last week saw the end of the season for the swimming and diving teams as they competed in Canton, OH at the CT Branin Natatorium. All three of the mens’ relays qualified, and Sammy Risma, 10, qualified individually.

The 200 freestyle – made of Alex Newberg, 11, Elliot Carl, 10, Matthew Scheutz, 12, and Risma – and the 400 freestyle relay – Scheutz, Risma, Carl, and Noah Patterson, 10 – both placed 12 of 24 relays that swam.

The 200 medley relay – made of JiHo Choi, 12, Luke Tenbarge, 11, Patterson, and Carl – was unable to qualify for finals, but still had an impressive swim at the first day of state competition. Risma swam individually in the 50 and 100 freestyle, placing 23rd and 19th, respectively.

The womens’ team qualified for two relays, the 200 and 400 freestyle. Both placed 17th, just one place away from qualifying for finals on the second day.

The 200 freestyle relay team was made of Anna Campbell, 10, Marissa Allen, 9, Hannah May, 12, and Isabelle Jiminez, 12. The 400 freestyle relay team consisted of Campbell, May, Jiminez, and Elizabeth Van Den Brink, 10. May and Jiminez also swam in the 100 freestyle, placing 20th and 22nd, respectively.

Only two of the men who swam were seniors, and only two of the women were as well. This means that the team will see lots of returning talent for next year and even in the next two years. With such a young team, there is a whole lot more to come from Aves Swimming and Diving.